Menzshed not a dangerous place

L-R Tyrone Gow, Ian Futter and Philip Sue survey the trunking that ducts away noxious fumes and dust from the Menzshed.
L-R Tyrone Gow, Ian Futter and Philip Sue survey the trunking that ducts away noxious fumes and dust from the Menzshed.

Thanks to a donation from the Ōtaki District Commercial Growers Charitable Trust, (ODCGCT) Ōtaki Menzshed is free of noxious fumes and dust.

Over the past two years, Menzshed members have converted the Nurses quarters at the Community Health Centre into a place where old geezers can meet and pursue their DIY skills. The premises now houses countless lathes, saws, sanders and miscellaneous machinery. Problem was: dust and fumes.

“A bespoke extraction system would have cost $13,000” said chairman Ian Futter. In stepped the ODCGCT with a cheque, and the problem was solved.

With a bit of ingenuity, and some help from Hammer Hardware, they located the extractor fans and ancilliary gear to make their own extractor system, at a cost of only $3,000. “Designed by the Menzshed committee, and believe it or not, it works!” joked Ian.

The Charitable Trust has, over they years been a supporter of many local charities, including the Health Shuttle, Fire Brigade, Kindergarten, and Surf Lifesaving club.

Over a cup of tea, ODCGCT members Philip Sue and Tyrone Gow learned of all the worthy jobs Ōtaki Menzshed have done for the Ōtaki community. And they’ve done a few. The Ōtaki Mail applauds the ODGCGT and Menzshed.