|Workshop by Donna Menke||posted 01-19-2012 10:40 PM||2110 reads||0 times favorited||16 comments|
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I very much enjoy looking at everyone’s shops- whether big or small, neat or messy, got every tool on earth or not. I wasn’t going to post my shop because it is not as good as it could be, and because some things have changed since these photos were taken a few years back. But, since I learn from looking at other’s shops I figured it was worthwhile to post my photos too.
This is from the stairs leading up to the living part of the house, looking left. Yup- fine dust does float up the stairs and cover everything. We need windshield wipers on the TV screen- no kidding.
Pivoting to the right you can see the other 1/3 of the place- there is more under the stairs. With 12’ ceilings there is a lot of under stair space.
Here are my favorite tools- my band saws. The scroll saw in the corner is used seldom- only when I cannot make a cut with a band saw. Drill press on the left.
This 8’ long steel cabinet holds my small woods- micro lumber and blocks for box-making and turning, and other projects. It is 2’ deep and I sometimes have to empty it just to remind myself what is in the back row. I like having lots of woods.
These are my two lathes. the small jet is the tool of choice unless something is too long. The big old Sears Dunlop is from 1948 and belonged to my grandfather and then to my father, and then to me. It is a bit rickety but if I prop my hip up against it it isn’t too bad.
I’ve spent a lot of time here at the power carving bench. When not in use it tends to attract every piece of flotsam and jetsam possible. I prefer to carve with hand tools but sometimes ya gotta have power.
The power comes from very heavy duty power cords hung from the ceiling- by the time I’m 80 maybe I’ll have a drop- maybe not. I have task lighting at just about each tool, and good general illumination from overhead florescent. Be it ever so humble- it is MY shop, and that is the important thing.
One other important thing is that my grown children and their friends, and my brother, have spent many companionable hours with me making beautiful things in the shop.
It may not be pretty, but it allows me to make pretty things, and that is what is important.
-- "So much wood. . .so little time!" www.woodworks-by-donna.com