A fantastic picnic table built out of timber from the Vivonne Bay jetty will be installed at a new shelter being built at the Kingscote skate park.
The new shelter is taking shape at the skate park and, like the table, is being built by members of the Kangaroo Island Men’s Shed.
The table for the skate park is similar to three larger tables built by the Men’s Shed for the newly opened Kangaroo Island Airport terminal, also made out of recycled timber from the Vivonne Bay jetty.
The outer end of the south coast jetty was dismantled in 1958 and the timber has been sitting around ever since waiting for a new life.
Men’s Shed member Trevor Florance worked on the wooden components of the new tables, while member Graeme Connell built the steel frames.
Mr Florance said old jetty timber was West Australian karri wood.
“It’s beautiful timber, once you open it, it’s magnificent timber,” he said.
The timber planks were first put through a thicknesser and then sanded down for a polished finish.
The skate park table is slightly smaller and had a smooth finish on top treated with timber oil.
The three larger tables for the KI Airport deck area where left with the rough unsanded surface on top and treated with marine varnish.
The Men’s Shed still has more of the jetty timber for future projects and has also been making smaller items out of the off cuts, including stirring sticks and letter openers, which were now for sale at the Kangaroo Island Visitor Information Centre at Penneshaw.
Back up at the new Kingscote skate park, Men’s Shed members under the guidance of Graeme Connell were building a new shelter building, according to a KI Council design.
Advance Kingscote secured a grant money to have the shelter built and the job of building it was given to The Men’s Shed.
The shed is mostly complete, but the men were waiting for a break in the weather, to pour the concrete floor and install the new picnic table.
Also at the skate park is an aluminium tinny was donated by Havachat Recycling Depot for the kids to play on. Jamieson Marine prepared for display removing an sharp edges, while the Men’s Shed even put a steering wheel on the front.