|Workshop by LeTurbo||posted 03-27-2014 07:18 PM||1041 reads||0 times favorited||4 comments|
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Early days, relatively speaking. As I write this, I’ve only been wood working again for a month after a 12 year hiatus. So what we have here is 55 square metres in a huge old warehouse that I’ll be sharing with several other guys and (potentially) a woodworking school. It’s not all mine – I’m just subletting.
What makes it difficult right now is that there are 4 “companies” and some 10 people all working off … four plugpoints. Extension leads plugged into other extension leads, frayed wires. It’s all very ugly. Most of the time, I find it easier to do stuff the old way instead of trying to find power or wait until someone’s finished. So out comes the trusty handsaw, the mortise chisels, even the hand-drill. It didn’t take long to become known as “the Old School guy”. What I really enjoyed the other day was that there’d been a 3-hour power outage and I didn’t even notice.
The workbench, Triton, Workmate are my bits (you can see the tape marks on the floor for my area). The bandsaw and other equipment will be shared, though my plan is to get my own. (Nobody has yet noticed that the bandsaw table is off by at least 3 degrees, and the disc sander by a similar amount – or should I check my squares?)
Incidentally, the entire floor is made of 2000 square metres of Oregon pine. Noisy for the companies below – we drive up a ramp onto the first floor. Wait until the dust starts getting through the boards …
Also, it’s in the exotically named Paarden Island suburb of Cape Town, South Africa. In reality, it’s just an industrial area sandwiched between two canals.
Now to get some work in … or some nice stuff out.