Members of the Boggabri Men’s Shed are pleased to have received a ‘thicknesser’ machine as a result of a grant from the Australian Men’s Shed association.

Sally Bates said that they have not received all the equipment that was included in the grant but given the majority of the money had gone toward the plainer it was exciting that it had arrived first.

The group are patiently waiting for a couple of angle grinders and other equipment which will be helpful and useful at the shed.

Speaking about the thicknesser machine, Phil Haire said: “We use it to smooth rough timber, they are great machines.”

Members are making a large variety of articles at the shed.

Don Madden was putting a coat of varnish on a medal box that he was making for a client and on the bench next to him there was a flag box in the vice that another member is making.

As a group, the members of the men’s shed have been busy and have produced three picnic tables which they donated to the Nurruby Boggabri Early Learning Facility.

“We are so grateful for the ongoing support of the men’s shed,” Michelle gosper, director of the facility said.

“The children are now eating their lunch outside when the weather is pleasant so they will be happy to see new tables,” she said.

The facility can accommodate 32 children each day and have 45 children enrolled, with a few more enrolment forms in the pipeline.

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