|Workshop by Texasgaloot||posted 04-08-2008 07:08 PM||1868 reads||0 times favorited||4 comments|
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My workshop is one of those two-edged dagger sorts: on the one hand, I’m blessed to have the space of a roughly 23×36 barn to get set up in, on the other hand said barn was built sometime in the 1920’s and has to be shared with two earth-floored horse stalls and their indiscriminant occupants. My enemies are dirt and moisture that blow through the walls and floor, and since it’s a leased ranch we can’t pull the old barnwood off and sheath, insulate, and generally rebuild as like I would like to. Further, the entire shop space has been used as a warehouse for the past two years or so, and we’ve gotten about half way through sorting what is good and what is to be thrown away. We’ve added a plastic “vapor barrier” (euphemism, I know) and some 1/2” OSB inside the rather irregular framing to protect the majority of the shop area. Next step is to get adequate lighting and power around the shop, which is also going to be a challenge due to undersized service.
My tools are eclectic. I much prefer working with antique hand tools (“That’s SAINT ROY to you, Mister!”), and as my shop evolves it favors that noble activity. The reality is that there is always some deadline, so I have to rely on electron-smashers (I call the table saw my “multi-function assembly table” in order to actualize it and fortify my “happy place.”) I’m always on the prowl for some rusty tool to send through therapy and reintegrate into happy and well-adjusted life.
Update: I’ve added the photos to demonstrate that I’m not exaggerating! You can see the dusk trying to eek it’s way between the boards, most of them milled on the ranch here. The third pic is to show you my low-budget solution to this problem. I’ll add some actual shop photos in the next few days, even as the shop evolves!
-- There's no tool like an old tool...