President's Chatter

G’day to All,
We are certainly into 2021 with the Christmas Noosa Heads Parking completed with outstanding results, a full ManCom planning day, 2 ManCom meetings, the February General meeting, 3 Woodworking courses underway – Carving with Peter Bradford on the Monday morning shift in the Carvers’ Hut, Woodturning on Monday evening with young Jeff Fraser and Thursdays, Woodworking 101 with Ian Robertson. You have to stop and take a breather – but, on it goes. John Esson is heading up the Katie Rose Hospice project on outdoor benches; our first Makers’ Forum is happening on Sat 20 March at the club; milling is full on at Ringtail Creek on Wed mornings. Don’t forget our monthly parking date at the Eumundi Markets on 1st Wednesday of each month (3rd March).

Speaking of parking – we have blessed with members who are prepared to give of their time to raise the necessary funds to keep our club in a buoyant position. Over the holiday period – 27 members completed 95 shifts of 3.5 hrs over 22 days, parked just under 5000 vehicles and raised a tad short of $17000. We have the opportunity to raise a similar amount over the upcoming Easter school holidays plus the Anzac Day & May Day long weekends. Those incentive Timber vouchers will be distributed this coming weekend.

Further investigations into updating our club apparel is well underway. Aprons are on display in the clubhouse; colours and material of caps and club polos are nearing finalization.

On a sadder note, one of our newer members – Steven Brooks – passed away in January. The Celebration of the life of Merv King will be held at the Glen Hotel, Eight Mile Plains on Saturday, 13th March, 2021.
We are trying to maintain open and frequent communication with you – our members. The CWC Updates will be sent out fortnightly, the 2021 Activity Calendar has been posted, we want to publish the minutes of the General meetings by the end of that month and our club newsletter will go online within the next week.

Please take care, smile and stay calm!

Who's Who...

  1. President - Steve Chapman
  2. Vice President - Lew Macleod
  3. Secretary - Jim Stevenson
  4. Treasurer - Alan Richard-Preston
  5. Membership Officer - Jeff Fraser
  6. Health & Safety Officer - Lew Macleod
  7. Workshop Supervisor - Howard Croft
  8. Milling Supervisor - Andrew Barnsley

What's Inside

  • Rosters
  • What is a maker's forum
  • Jeff's Evening Wood Turning
  • Workshop Report
  • Treasurer Report
  • Milling Report
  • Show and Tell

Clubhouse Duty Officer Roster

Monday -
John Sturtz
Tuesday -
Robert Herron
Wednesday -
Billi Jan Campbell
Thursday -
Damon Gore
Friday -
Vicky Breedyk
Saturday -
Steve Chapman

Workshop Duty Office Roster

Monday -
Jeff Fraser (0458 331 286)
Tuesday -
Lew MacLeod (0409 000 210)
Wednesday -
Ron Otte (0414 225 897)
Thursday -
Howard Croft (0429 872 833)
Friday -
Alan Bartley (07 5442 6491)
Saturday -
Alan Warner (07 5447 7761)
(0407 132 892)

Workshop Hours

The workshop kilns hours are Monday to Saturday 9am to 12 noon.

Remember to book your place prior with the Daily workshop duty officer.

New Members

Tracery Allen,
Robert Kendall,
Ben Gee,
Mark McCallum,
Greg Cramb,
Jonathon Robertson

What is a Makers’Forum?
You may well ask.

We have many talented and creative members in our club. The current opportunity for us to show off our talents – hidden or well-known – is the Show & Tell at our bimonthly General meetings. We need more exposure, more time to show off to our colleagues & peers what we have been up to in our sheds, the Kilns or elsewhere in terms of working with wood.
So, on Saturday, 20th March - - here is your opportunity!!

Bring in that piece you have put time into --finished or not! You may want to show it off, you may want some advice on how to finish it, you may want to know what went wrong.
Bring in the piece or pictures of it to whack up on to our new Samsung screen! You will have the floor.

There is no rush, this will be done in a leisurely fashion, we will take our time as we will not be constrained by a meeting schedule or whatever else.

Just fill in the Makers Forum sheets available – prior to the starting time of 9am.

We would hope that many members will take this opportunity to show what a diverse lot we are.

A special challenge will also be announced that day.


Annual fees are due 31st March, 2021

Jeff’s evening wood turning classes resumed in February.

Penny, Liz and Erica are almost through the first of Jeff’s Introduction to Wood Turning classes which are being held from 5.30 to 8.30ish on Monday evenings, over 4 weeks.

A second intake is scheduled to begin in March.


Danger Tags

Danger tags can be placed on machines for a variety of reasons, electrical issues, new cutters or blades required, mechanical failure, odor such as a burning smell, oil leak or the machine just not preforming correctly. The danger tags can only be removed by the individual who tagged the machine, or someone authorized by them. It is imperative that the danger tag be written on by the member tagging the machine. The information on the tag lets the maintenance team understand the nature of problem and if necessary, contact the member who tagged the machine for further information. Without the danger tag correctly filled out, it is difficult for the maintenance team to ensure the machine is correctly maintained and safe to use. If in doubt about the use of Danger Tags, inform the Workshop Duty Officer who will tag the machine out and write in the communication book beside the sign in sheets. Most maintenance on workshop machines is undertaken on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Laguna Band Saw tagged out without details
Please take care with the bins. Do not place timber off cuts in the recycling bin. Only recyclable items as per council guidelines should be placed in the bin, any non-recyclable must be removed, usually by the Workshop Supervisor. Sorting through the bins before putting them out on a Sunday afternoon should not be required. Internal bins should be emptied into the wheelie bins when full, this is a task any club member can do. There is no reason to have overfilled bins in the workshop. If the bin is too heavy to lift, wheel the wheelie bin to the bin and empty into the wheelie bin by hand if necessary. Long offcuts that are waste should be broken down to bin size and placed in the bin, not placed on the wall beside the bin. The club does not pay any cleaners (we are all volunteers), it is all club members responsibly for the kiln’s cleanliness.
Overflowing internal bin
Waste timber in the recycling bin
Great to see the 101 courses up and running in the new year. Sandra and Penny have completed their first project with Ian. More 101 courses are coming soon including a night 101 course. Keep tuned to emails for expressions of interest in upcoming courses. 101 courses are a great way to gain experience and accreditation on our workshop machines.
Sandra receiving instruction on the Bandsaw
Sandra and Penny with their stools


Reasonable Care

Essentially what is reasonable care and what is expected of club members is how a reasonable person would act in relation to safety circumstances and having regards to things like:

  • their knowledge
  • their role
  • their skills and the resources available to them
  • their qualifications
  • the information that they have, and
  • the consequences to health and safety of a failure to act in those
  • circumstances.
Our workshop at the Kilns and the Mill are high risk environments where even the most experienced craftsman can suffer minor and even major injuries in the blink of an eye.

While the club has WH&S Policies, Standard Operating Procedures and Accreditation for all machinery it is incumbent on all members to:

  • Take reasonable care for your own health and safety, ie; WEARING THE CORRECT PPE AT ALL TIMES
  • Take reasonable care to ensure you don’t affect the health and safety of other people, for example, club members that may be assisting you in a project.
  • Comply at all times with the clubs safety instructions including any reasonable instruction that is given to you by the club or an official representative (Duty Officer, Supervisor, Instructor etc ) of the club
  • Co-operate at all times with any reasonable policy or procedure that the club has provided.
  • Carry out your project tasks in a safe way.
Maintaining a focus on personal and other members care in the workplace is an vital part of minimising personal risk and injury at the club.


The Club’s finances are quite strong at the present time. As at 31 January 2021 our cash at hand is $50,000.85. This was the total after the Club had purchased two new wood lathes, including a new Vicmarc sit down lathe at the end of January, at a total cost of $11,256.30.

One of our major sources of income this year has been timber sales. For the year to date (from April 2020 to January 2021) timber sales has grossed $27,614.40. Our other sources of income, such as the Eumundi Parking, Club Projects and Club Sales, continue contribute to improving our bottom line.
  • Our total income from all sources for the year to date is $53,492.43
  • Our total expenses for the year to date is $30,090.42
  • Our net profit for the year to date (to 31 January 2021) is $23,402.01

In the last couple of weeks the Club has been paid for the Lions Park Christmas holiday Parking duty that many of our members performed. The total received was $16,998.80. The Lions Park parking duty is a great earner for the Club and, if it continues, it will contribute to maintaining our strong financial position.


The mill commenced operations for 2021 on Wed 27th January with a good roll up of club members, about 13 including Des and Rollie Lennox.

Break In

Following up on the break in last year it appears we were not covered by the insurance that covers the workshop. It appears that because the break in occurred at Ringtail Creek and not at Lower Mill Rd, Cooroy, we weren’t covered. Additionally, the value of the main item stolen, the Husqvarna chain saw, was listed in the asset register for insurance at only $240, so even if we were covered our claim value less excess would have been very little.

Whilst both Lucas mills and the loader are covered under a different policy, we will not continue to store any future items of value at the mill until we can get insurance to cover them. Alan is looking into adding new items to the policy for the Lucas mills, or getting a second policy for any new items to be covered. Currently, the new chainsaw is being kept with Ian until new arrangements are in place.

New locks are now in place on the loader shed and the container and the container now has a welded cover over an additional security lock to further hinder thieves.

Two wildlife movement cameras have been installed overlooking the container and loader shed, with some interesting footage resulting. About 3500 still images of cattle wandering about at 2.30 am each night can be riveting.

In light of the thefts ask the committee to approve purchase of the following:
  • New Husqvarna 20-inch chainsaw valued at about $ see brochure
    This is the similar to the one stolen and ideal for general use around the mill
  • New metal detector. Lumber wizard 5 see brochure about $275

Timber Milling

Currently we have been slabbing jacaranda and will be proceeding onto camphor and silky oak.

The swing mill is cutting blue gum for this year’s deckchair project as this timber needs to be cut and stored immediately to be fully dried for the start of the project in about July.

This mill is also cutting stickers and will move on to finishing the bearers for the middle storage shed and then cut timber for pallets.

Machinery Maintenance

On Wednesday next a machinery maintenance mechanic will call in to assess servicing the Job cat loader, last year’s annual service now due.


The cedar frame was finished in an acrylic clear. A satin gloss was chosen to hide the quite irregular surface of the cedar.

For the panel I used:-
1 x sealer coat auto acrylic clear gloss aerosol followed by light sanding with 320 grit paper

3 x brush coats *Aqua Coat Clear Woodgrain Filler, sanding after each coat with 320 grit paper

2 double coats Clear Acrylic Gloss aerosol followed by sanding with 600 grit wet&dry paper using mineral turps for lubricant

2 double coats auto clear acrylic gloss aerosol

Removed the gloss using fine steel wool

Burnished the surface with cutting compound to an even gloss, followed by a coat of carnauba wax auto polish

*purchased through Amazon, the US quart cost A$71 and took over 1 month to arrive

Aerosol clear acrylic gloss lacquer does not spray well on large surfaces and is very expensive – back to nitrocellulose for future work. In regard to the Aqua coat grain filler it does seem to be ok but I need to do more work with it to be sure.

Jim Pound
19 Feb 2021

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