33a Sefton Rd
Thornleigh
NSW 2120

Welcome to the Hornsby Men's Shed

We aim to attract both male and female members who have a common interest in working with wood. Our members gain and improve woodworking skills through the free exchange of knowledge and assistance. Members work on their own projects or help charities by making toys, furniture and nesting boxes.

Contact us if you would like to know more.

Woodturning a Platter

A suitable diameter for wooden platters generally is about 12-13 inches i.e. ~300 mm; but why choose 19 mm wood? This is the thinnest dressed wood that is practical, and readily available, for platter turning. Often this thickness is available in 300 mm (or greater) widths meaning that a 300 mm blank etc can be […]

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Selecting and Drying Turning Woods.

By Greg Croker Regarding the selection of wood for turning there is mostly no choice as the tree to be felled is selected for a non-turning requirement or has blown over during a storm etc. Which are the better species of trees to select? In our area eucalyptus trees are predominant with the acacias next? […]

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A Job Well Done

By Ludmila Hayes Just finished restoring an old English table with a leather top. It took a long time and was a bit of an effort to fix it, but it looks so beautiful and elegant – I am so pleased with it. Now it’s my favourite piece of furniture in the house! Just to […]

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Jane’s Lifetime Love of Working with Wood

By Jane Ruehmkorff. I grew up on a farm in the Highlands of Kenya and emigrated to Australia in 1972, with a husband and two children under the age of 3. We had both grown up in Kenya, having moved out from England at a very young age with our respective parents.

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Developing a Style in Wood Turning by Simon Begg

I have been turning for ten years’ now and, in that time, I have tried many different designs and styles. Some I love and have spent countless hours developing then there are others that remain hidden away on a bookshelf at my parents’ place. Of the first two designs that I ever had accepted into […]

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Opening Days and Hours

Monday: 9.00am to 2.00pm
Tuesday: 9.00am to 2.00pm
Wednesday: 9.00am to 2.00pm

Woodturning and woodcarving ONLY
Thursday: 9.00am to 2.00pm
Friday: 9.00am to 2.00pm
Saturday: 9.00am to 3.00pm

Members’ meeting: 3rd Friday of each month from 12pm to 1pm.

Woodturners’ Meeting: 2nd Saturday of each month from 10am to 3pm (February – November)

Pyrography classes are held at the Shed on a Saturday once a month (depending on demand, February to September) from 10am to 12pm. If you are interested in attending please contact us.

What Our Members Say

The shed has been a life line especially after my wife died. It has been an opportunity to continue to use my engineering skills and enjoy the camaraderie of the group. Tony B.

The opportunity to make a small difference and help others with their woodturning and at the same time enjoy their company is priceless. John M.

Enjoyable for the soul as well as the body. Good to talk about common interests with like-minded men. Greg C.

The HWMS is the friendliest and most efficiently operated organisation with which I have been associated, with a number of members voluntarily offering their time and expertise to ensure this continues. Despite the complexity of the workshop it operates smoothly - repairs and maintenance of machines and tools is prompt and a programme of replacement and upgrading is apparent. From a personal viewpoint the Shed provides an important social venue for me and I never cease to be amazed at the imagination and skill displayed by members with their projects and their willingness to share these. I trust the Shed can continue to operate as efficiently and effectively for years to come. Jim K.