A Pop out to view a Shed

that is.  A brand new business that just started out at Chirnside Park, Lilydale (northeast Melbourne).

Unit 10B
Rear of 286 to 288 Maroondah Highway
Chirnside Park

03 9727 0611

It has been open a whole 2 1/2 weeks, so very new!

As you pull up to the door (behind the shopping centre next to the Bunnings), the first thing you see is the timber – boxes of burls, Banksia nuts, and a wall of turning blanks – you KNOW you are at the right place!

Pop's Shed

Next door is Toodlebug Toys, so it can be a family outing (if you have younger kids!)

Timber Collection

There are lots and lots of sorted timber burls to pick and choose from,

More Timber

Banksia Nuts, slabbed burls and

Turning Blanks

a wall of turning blanks

Turning Tools, Pen Blanks & Consumables

They stock a range of pen hardware and associated turning tools and accessories, with a collection of pen blanks – mostly timber with a few acrylics.

Mini Lathe & Linisher

The company sell a few shop machines as well – a mini lathe, a maxi lathe, a linisher, bandsaw and drill press. All the things you’d need if getting started in turning. The mini lathe kit will get a closer look in another article shortly – variable electronically controlled speed, and comes with a mini chuck, drill chuck and a set of turning tools.  Now if you know nothing about turning, this is very much what Pop’s Shed has been to cater for – both getting you started, as well as keeping you supplied!  To get started though, nothing beats hands-on instruction, and at the back of the store, just behind the wood stove (failed project disposal unit) and where a Chesterfield couch and Flat screen TV will be going shortly, is the training room.  While you are wandering around the shop area, you can see what is going on inside the room through glass windows which is a nice element – keeping the noise and dust out of the sales area, but not separating the two completely.

Training Area

There are a number of maxi lathes in there to learn on, but what caught my eye (and some astute readers will have already seen it as well) – a very familiar colour…

Training Room

A Triton Mk3 has found its way in, for preparing timbers for turning!  There are 4 maxi lathes, one mini, a bandsaw, drillpress, and linisher, and each station has dust & chip collection dedicated to each machine, all professionally plumbed in (I could learn some lessons from how neat this job has been done!)

Dust Collectors

Behind the training room, there is the dust collection room, with 4 x 2HP dust collectors. As you can see, it is all brand new, just waiting for the courses to be arranged and begun, and I’ll publish here what courses they have once they are up and running.  So if you were curious about wood turning, or wanted to improve your skills, have a chat to one of the Pops (or Pops-to-be (grandfathers) as it happens!) Brian, who is there full time, or Chris.

I’m particularly impressed with the training focus they have taken, and it is becoming a very nice little setup they have there. Pop in to Pop’s Shed if you are passing by 🙂

(PS, any similarity in the name is purely coincidental!)

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