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Shed Classes and Activities

The Community Shed provides a place to Rampmake new friends with common interests, learn new skills or hone old ones, pursue hobbies and even contribute to the community by working on community projects. The shed has a good range of tools for projects including designing, machining, assembling, sanding, painting, and decorating. Don't worry if you have never used tools, trained shed members can show you how.

What has been happening in the Shed

For most members, working on home projects and helping others takes up most of their time, apart from standing around and chatting, of course. From time to time, members help to develop the shed, such as cupboard doors, cutting jigs or small purpose-built benches.  At other times, shed members offer to finish projects for Council, such as display boxes, a lectern for the Mayor, or restoring a very old table.

Nightjar Owl BoxesThe City of Mitcham’s Community Shed members have also taken on  special projects to support the community, such as a Boccia ramp to assist the clients of the Spastic Centres of South Australia Inc (SCOSA). In their version of Bocci, the handicapped clients use the ramp to guide the ball to its target, as they have reduced movement.

To further support SCOSA, shed members have also made wooden toys to sell. Funds raised were used to purchase a set of boccia balls (priced at $500 per set).

The Mitcham Community Shed members have also constructed Nightjar owl boxes to assist the Rotary Clubs of Community Shed - FamilySA project to supply 200 boxes to Monarto Zoo. Over 34 boxes were completed during weekly sessions and a working bee.

In activities for families and children, as part of the annual “Voices of the Village”, the Shed members have made musical instruments, junks and kites, and billy carts.  These are great fun and build teamwork and companionship through sharing a project with many interesting parts.

Community Shed MezzanineMCV Image 18

Ideally suited for meetings and informal talks, this is a light filled open space with pleasant views of the surrounding hills.

It has a polished wooden floor, is approximately 10.5 metres by 7 metres with trestle tables and chairs available for use. Access is via a staircase only. 

Community Shed Workshop Area

MCV Community ShedThe workshop area is an open space with access to a large number of power points including overhead power supply to workbenches.

The floor area is approximately 9.5 metres by 9.8 metres. There is a wet area with large sinks.

Adjacent to the workshop, and separated by sliding doors covering a 4.5 metres opening, is another area 7 metres by 9.8 metres. This area houses the machinery for community use including circular saw, thicknesser, planer, drill press etc. Use of these machines is restricted to authorized and trained persons.  Council requires a very safe standard for use of equipment, and these tools can be isolated as required from inappropriate use.

Community Shed Classes and Activities










The South Oz Scrollers

9:30am - 2:30pm

Ground floor

Fourth Tuesday of every month

General Woodwork

9:30am - 12:30pm

Ground Floor

General Woodwork

9:30am - 12:30pm

Ground Floor


Carvers & Sculptors
9am - 1:30pm

First Saturday of every month

The South Oz Scrollers
9:30am - 2:30pm

Third Saturday of every month

10am - 1pm

Second Saturday of every month


General Woodwork
Ground Floor


General Woodwork
12:30 - 3:30
Ground Floor


Woodcarving & Sculpture
3:00 - 6:00

Occasionally programs to include Community involvement such as short woodwork courses and other craft activities are held.

We are also looking for volunteers with skills they would like to share to lead community programs in the shed.

If you would like to take part in a shed-based activity please contact the Shed Facilitator on 8372 8265 during shed hours, or the Community Centres Coordinator on 8372 8888 to register your interest.

Carvers and Sculptors

mcv image 19If you have an interest in this absorbing craft, you are invited to come along as a visitor, to a maximum of two workshop meetings, at no cost, before deciding whether you wish to take up membership.

Participants can develop carving and sculpture skills, interact socially with others, be proactive in raising standards of sculpture and carving and promoting their recognition as true art forms. We are happy to assist people in woodcarving and some one-on-one tuition will be available at most workshop meetings.

Members bring their own projects and work on them at the workshop after 'Show and Tell' and a short meeting.

MCV Image 8Often, one of our members will present a tutorial or demonstration on some aspect of carving or sculpture. We encourage members to exhibit and/or sell their work at two Exhibition venues organised by Woodgroup SA each year.

Contact Graham Jones, President on 8260 2827 or Frank Witcombe, Secretary on 8384 2239 or email

For more information please visit

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Scroll Sawing

Woodworking at the Mitcham Cultural VillageSouth Oz Scrollers

South Oz Scrollers offers the opportunity for people of like interest to meet regularly in a friendly and supportive manner, providing them with the guidance and hands-on opportunities to develop their scroll sawing skills. Scroll sawing also incorporates other traditional woodworking techniques eg jointing, finishing, machining, designing patterns, etc.

MCV Image 17The primary crafts promoted in the Club are fretwork and intarsia although members get involved with others like toys, jewellery, puzzles, etc.

Call 8377 0529 or contact  

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