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Workshop by Justus posted 11-19-2008 11:09 PM 1485 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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A Rexon electric scroll saw in my 40 m2 PhD-student appartment was the beginning of my woodworking career – a good start I can recommend. Quiet, safe (I did not hurt myself in 10 years (fingers crossed!)) and yet providing in a short time some kind of success. Some years later I owned a jigsaw and in 2001 I made my first tables.

Two appartments later I had already transformed the broom closet into some kind of workshop – but still only the scroll saw was silent enough for working at home. The cellar did pose an opportunity, but I do not like working in a cellar.

The real breakthrough came when a friend of mine had rented a 15 m2 studio in my home town – in an art noveau building where only artist studios are located. I managed to convince him to share this study with me – and eventually took over. We are still good friends – he never used the studio anyway.

So now I am the proud owner of 15 m2 of studio in a cool building right in town (walking, say bicycle distance from where I live). Since it is a dedicated studio building noone minds if I let the miter saw talk at night or weekends.

2 years later my son entered my life and time in the studio is getting scarce. Quite fortunately I managed to convince my parents to leave the garden house of their holiday house to me, so that I can spend part of my holiday time in the beauty shown in the last three pictures.

My son is by now grown up so much, that he loves to be in the studio with me, but there is still no way to work together. A table saw and a 4 years old is no good of a composition. But this year, we acquired an allotment garden just a mile from our flat. Gardening is a hobby much better suited for spending time with toddlers, but since the garden has a small house on it, it’s a perfect place to open up workshop #3 (last picture)

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#1 posted 11-20-2008 02:24 AM

Really Nice Shop! I love the large window for lots of light!!

Did you use oil or powder finish on the project standing on the workbench :^)

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 11-20-2008 03:43 AM

Well organized shop.
Looking forward to seeing more pictures and projects churned out.

Take care and work safely.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#3 posted 11-20-2008 03:57 AM

Great looking shop with lots of light, and an excellent apprenticeship program!

-- Living on the square...

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#4 posted 11-20-2008 04:29 PM

Justus, you have a nice shop space. It appears to be well organized and you have a nice set of tools with which to work. Congratulations on your shop assistant as well. It will not be long before you will need to get a smaller set of tools.

Thanks for the tour of your shop. I enjoyed visiting with you and your family.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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