A place for me to display some of the varied projects that come out of my shop, as well as to "talk" about some of my experiences working with wood.

Friday, 29 July 2011

Workshop Introduction

This post will introduce you to my shop where I take my therapy. I have things setup pretty much the way I want after doing an almost complete overhaul which involved painting and putting down new flooring in the work areas. This is very comfortable to walk and work on and I am very pleased with the result.

The main workshop is 17' x 35' plus the lathe room at the back, a very workable size. I have never spoken to a woodworker whose shop is big enough, I am no different. As nice exotic woods get harder to get, I would like to have more room to store materials I may not be able to get in the future.

The first picture is what you see when you first walk in. This is a very busy spot with usually 5 or 6 projects underway at any given time to deal with my short attention span. This allows me to work on something else when I get bored or am waiting for glue or finish to dry on another project.

My main bench is in the foreground (more on that in a future post) which I built over 20 years ago when I had my first single car garage shop - the best and most important tool in my shop.

Lots of clamps and tools I need to do my work.

Workshop View from Main Door - click for larger view
The view below from the back corner near the lathe room shows the secondary bench which provides more work surface for multiple glueups or project storage. Also here is my smaller lathe for pen and small spindle turning, much easier to do fine work with this smaller form factor.

Workshop view from Lathe Room - click for larger view
  The lathe room (below) is a small 10x14 bay which keeps dust and shavings reasonably well contained. This also contains quite a bit of my turning wood storage once it has air-dried in the shed, it comes inside to dry completely before turning.

The Lathe Room - click for larger view
 An introduction to the shop which will be expanded on in the future as I talk more about key things as related projects take shape.

For now, you can visit my pbase directory which has some shots of some projects from the past:  here and some of the instruments I have built here.

Enjoy and keep making shavings....


Thursday, 28 July 2011

First Post

This is my first attempt at doing an ongoing blog. We have blogged a few of our trips in the past and struggled to keep them up to date, so I know going in this will be sporadic at best.

Stay tuned, I hope this will be interesting for others.