ASK and they will deliver, that's the mantra at the Queanbeyan Men's Shed.
The team have just delivered 14 hobby horses to the Queanbeyan City Council ahead of the 175th birthday celebrations next weekend.
The wooden animals will be used in mock races to celebrate the Emirates Melbourne Cup trophy that will be in town that week.
Men's Shed volunteer Gordon Walsh said the hobby horses was just one of many projects they had in the pipeline.
"The only reason we won't make anything is if it's too big, too expensive or too complicated but I'd say we make about 99 per cent of the things we're asked to do," he said.
"We just want to do our bit to help the community."
The men have been asked to build cubby houses, tables, picture frames, planter boxes, stools, doll-sized houses and furniture and display and animal boxes.
They meet three mornings a week and work on various projects, have a chat and maybe play a game or two.
Mr Walsh, 77, said after working in Queanbeyan City Council's engineering administration for three decades it's great to be away from the computer screen and doing more hands-on work.
"It's very free and easy at the Men's Shed. When I first started I didn't really know much about making things but now I know a little bit about woodwork," he said.
"You learn as you go, you watch and just do it. We plod along and get the work done."
The hobby horse mock races are just one of the events organised for the Queanbeyan's 175th celebrations on Saturday, September 28. The day will kick off at 11am with a transport parade down the Macquoid Street and end with the 175th Anniversary Ball from 7pm onwards. For more information please visit www.qcc.nsw.gov.au.