We placed the foundation concrete and, surprise, used much more material than I had estimated. The main reason was due to rain that had washed out the side walls and softened the bottoms requiring us to muck out the trenches. Final tally was 13 yards so we know for sure this darn thing won’t get blown away in whatever wind storm may come.
Here is where we are on the block work.
I’m very lucky to have benefited from the advice of many experienced woodworkers in sizing the shop and laying out the tools. A good friend owns the local Woodcraft store (Paul P.) and has a shop we call the “Taj Ma Paul”. Basically, I took rough sketches, which I modified over time, and asked him, members of local wood clubs and others with shops. Thanks to their kindness in sharing I had LOTS of info to digest.
The standard answer is larger is better. But the issue of funding always comes into play. The concept of facilitating basic material/work flow was pretty consistent. Of course, there are different needs for a turner compared to someone focused on casework and at this point I dabble a little here and a little there so made compromises.
Here is a shot of the current tool layout.
I’ll provide a list of the various suggestions in the next blog.