The wood workshop leadership group has conducted a review of shop operations with the following outcomes:-
To minimize the risk of personal injury and financial loss arising from improper procedures or use of defective equipment, it has been agreed to implement a woodshed Incident Reporting System. Modern businesses have found that managing incidents is key to accident prevention. Incidents are simply events that in less favorable circumstances, may have resulted in injury or damage. Starting this month, a book will be available in the workshop for members who are involved in or just witness, an incident to record the event. If patterns become evident remedial action will follow. Please support this initiative.
One already identified risk is the use of defective tools. Major items of equipment are already inspected weekly. In future, all portable power tools will be subject of a formal quarterly inspection. When an inspection is scheduled members will be requested to place all power tools on the bench tops at close of work on the last session of the week. Leaders will inspect tools for defects before the next session.
Participation in clean-ups has been improving. Just remember, 'clean as you go' if your activity is making a mess, clean your work area if you are departing early, do not leave off cuts on benches, either bin them or if they are a useful size, place them back with the free wood stock, help empty waste bins at the end of sessions and keep an eye on levels of waste in the dust room. Last, put tools back in the correct place after use.
One matter that raises its head from time to time is members leaving work in progress on bench tops. If you plan to be present at the commencement of the next session and your large job is glued and clamped leaving it may be ok. Small jobs should be moved to temporary storage or taken home. Keep leaders in the picture as they are trying to provide bench space for all participants. Also, consider using the outside bench.
Shortly, our large end section pine stocks will be increased by a new purchase ex mill. The container storage is being reorganized in preparation. This reorganization will include construction of storage bays for our furniture grade species. It is intended to attempt a clearer distinction between wood that is free issue and wood that has to be purchased ( including turning blocks). To this end, there will be some new signage and payment arrangements.
Timber payments will no longer be made to the treasurer. Instead, the leader of the day will agree a price and write each sale up in a book kept at the shed. Members will be given an envelope to mark with their name and amount of the sale. When they have the correct money, they can place cash in the envelope, seal it and drop it in the locked box located near the main workshop entry door. Each month, the sales book and the envelopes will be reconciled and the money given to the treasurer for issue of receipts. This change is an important mechanism allowing us to justify our requests to Management Committee for new stock funding.
Tuesday morning continues to be our most popular session. Sometimes overcrowding happens. We do not want to discriminate between members over access. The long term solution is more sessions. The Monday experiment with Stephen and Geoff is still underway but may well become permanent. The leaders group has no 'in principle' objection to opening even more sessions. The issue is availability of leaders. We have just welcomed Ian Dell and Phil Gibson to our ranks. Both are experienced and have skills they are willing to share. We are keen to have other leaders join our group. High level timber skills are not as important as an eye for safety, a willingness to help others and commonsense in personal dealings. If you feel you can help please see Ian or Tony.
The thanks department. Sincere thanks are due to David Hekendorf for his initiative in designing a system for sharpening our planer blades. This system will save us quite bit of money and inconvenience. John Berghauser and his merry band have almost completed our steam bending apparatus. Good job! We are gradually getting on top of turning training with help from John Gygar on most Thursdays and Les at other times. Remember, try your hand at each lathe as each has different characteristics. Last, the red gum coffee table made by Les now has pride of place in the library. Check it out.
New contracts. Tony has a community service project to build some possum boxes and we have the opportunity to make 60 trophys for the Noosa Classic Car Club so there are things you can help with if you are at a loose end.