Life as an Amateur Woodworker #2: The problems of a 'Micro Workshop'

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Blog entry by PhilBello posted 10-14-2013 12:55 PM 1669 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: UK to Colombia, the ups and the downs. Part 2 of Life as an Amateur Woodworker series Part 3: Not everything goes to plan! »

The problem I am finding with a ‘micro-workshop’ is space, I was spoilt with my last workshop, and I have gone to the opposite extreme, which means I have nowhere to lay things out. I suppose I could stray out into the kitchen area, but I don’t want to impose my hobby on my Wife, so I remain behind a closed door, cursing away merrily to myself. Nothing gets left out, there is no space to put out tools, so it comes out of it’s toolbox or shelf-space under the bench, gets used, and then replaced.

In the past I have used my router in most projects, but as with anybody, freehand routing is a bit hit and miss (depending on the work!) so I wanted a router table, but was not paying the extortionate prices wanted in Colombia, so that meant I had to make my own. After a lot of searching around, I decided to go with a plan from the 'Woodworkers Workshop', mainly because it was both, the right size for my workshop, and something I would use in the future. However this meant working with sheet ply, it was all very well when I was making my work bench, because I had the space, but with the work bench in place working with a full sheet was not an option.

I went to the local Store, and found a half sheet of 18mm ply, which with what I had left over from the bench project would be just enough, the Store cut it for me, so I could get it in the car, and back home I came.

I then marked out all the parts, but still needed to rip the plywood into smaller workable sizes, and my small table saw was not going to do it, there just wasn’t the space. So my next project was to make a straight edge guide. I glued and screwed a length of timber onto a panel of 12mm ply I had in stock, and then taking the circular saw from the tablesaw, I cut the ply, running the plate against the timber rail, and now I can clamp this on my sheets and cut my lines with no problem.

Now I have the parts in manageable size sections;

it will now be a case of using both the circular saw and band saw to cut out all the parts, but it is a National Fiesta today, family comes first! not quite sure when all this will get done!

-- If you want the rainbow, you got to put up with the rain - Steven Wright

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