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Customised Wheelie Bin

Customised Wheelie Bin

When Hugh asked for help to convert an unwanted wheelie bin into a mobile toolbox, Stewart stepped up with his engineering expertise. Hugh now has a bin that holds his gardening equipment securely, and also slides easily into his car for longer journeys.

The finished article – ready to be tested (the bin, not Stewart!).
In it goes – nice and easy! The extra wheels make loading so much more simple.
A perfect fit. Let’s see what Hugh now does to customise it!
The filled bin – the tools now travel in style.
UPGRADED – Note the new sports wheels, larger diameter grippy pneumatic tyres, and the vice attached to the (reinforced) lid to facilitate tool sharpening or other (as yet undefined) purposes. Perhaps hard to see, but the wheels are now fitted with quick-release clips and are on a go-faster custom-made axle.
Move over, Ferarri and Red Bull. Team A FAB Currie with engineering by Pentlands Men’s Shed are on your tail. More to follow!
Portacabin! The story in pictures.

Portacabin! The story in pictures.

We have found a Portacabin to use as our new premises, and while it needs a lot of work, it was delivered to the site on 4 June 2021. With great excitement from all involved, it was swung into place by an expert truck / crane operator, and the real fun starts now as we prepare to refurbish it.

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Preparation for building

Preparation for building

Some of the members have been preparing the way to allow ground works to commence with a view to getting started with a new workshop / store. We have some ideas about what we want to do, so the first stage was to mark out the ground, clear away the pallets that had been deposited there, and get ready to bring in a contractor to level the site in preparation for installing the accommodation.

Hard at work?
Ground pegged out
Pallets cleared away
Danger – man at work!
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Free Book Library

Free Book Library

We have been approached by a school PTA with a request to build an enclosure that could hold books to provide a free “library” service, where people could swap or borrow books. This would ideally be located in the grounds of the associated local primary school. The requirements are:

  • Outdoor storage for books;
  • Should be enclosed (weatherproof);
  • Brightly coloured and / or decorated;
  • Resembling a house if possible;
  • Clear glass- or plastic-fronted for visibility, if possible. Safety glass or polycarbonate would be ideal;
  • It should display the words “Free Library” or similar;
  • Shelved to accommodate a several books of different sizes (dimensions to be agreed).

Below are a couple of examples:

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