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Da Workshop #2: And So It Begins

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Blog entry by Tomcat1066 posted 12-27-2008 10:12 PM 1463 reads 0 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: The Plan Part 2 of Da Workshop series Part 3: Well...That Sucked! »

What with Christmas, this seemed like the perfect time to put together the various Wal-Mart gift cards I had and run and pick up one of those pop-up gazebo things. It is perfect? Not really, but it’ll work just fine for my purposes. I cleaned up the porch a bit and popped it up, as can be seen here:

Da Shop

As you can see, it’s only 10’x10’, but by virtue of it’s “open design”, I’ve got the whole back yard if necessary. Now, I just needed a workbench of some description. As a temporary solution, I went with what Chris Schwarz calls a “roman” workbench…it’s some boards on a saw horse, as you can plainly see:

One downside of this is the lack of good work holding. As this is only a temporary solution anyways, it was time to break out the old Workmate:

Yes, it’s seen better days. But that’s OK. If it can’t take a beating, I don’t need it. Mostly, it’s just cosmetic damage anyways. It still works like a champ, and it serves as my primary work holding method for the time being. I do plan on building a proper workbench in the near future, but not right now. There’s still so much left to do before I can really get to that point, truth be told.

Now, there needs to be a security system. I opted for the Neanderthal security system:

That’s our dog Sierra. She’s an adopted stray we took in a little over a year ago, and we’re very happy to have her in our life. Granted, she’s still half wild, but she’s sweet and would never intentionally harm any family member. An intruder? Well…she’d make Burgler Snacks™ out of them ;)

So this is what I’m working with so far. It’s really just a blank canvas waiting for more cool stuff to happen :D

-- "Give me your poor tools, your tired steel, your huddled masses of rust." Yep, I ripped off the Statue of Liberty. That's how I roll!



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FlWoodRat

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#1 posted 12-27-2008 11:03 PM

TomCat,
Wifey bought me one of those a year ago and it’s great. I use it during are warmer months to keep the sun off of me and my tools. Sets up and tears down in minutes (once I figured it out). Good luck with yours.

-- I love the smell of sawdust in the morning....

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#2 posted 12-27-2008 11:58 PM

Ok TC . . . where did you put all the snow?

-- BLOG - http://www.colorfulcanary.com/search/label/Zuki

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#3 posted 12-28-2008 12:07 AM

Believe it or not Zuki, some people don’t get snow. I’m guessing our buddy TomCat is one of those rare individuals.

TomCat, it’s a good start, first a roof, then walls.

-- Working at Woodworking http://www.VillageLaneFurniture.com

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#4 posted 12-28-2008 12:13 AM

WoodRat: Yeah, but I managed to break part of it, so I’m not sure it’ll go up or down. Still, I suspect it’ll be just fine on a full-time basis :)

Zuki: No snow at all. in fact, it’s in the mid-70’s :D

Russel: Definitely! Walls are on the agenda at some point, but probably with a permenant shop solution, though I will probably get the bug screen add-on for this in the mean time ;)

-- "Give me your poor tools, your tired steel, your huddled masses of rust." Yep, I ripped off the Statue of Liberty. That's how I roll!

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#5 posted 12-28-2008 04:00 AM

This is a nice first step, TC. And given your climate, you probably can leave it up most of the time. It looks like the fun is just beginning.

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

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#6 posted 12-28-2008 05:32 AM

Tomcat, Great start to your shop. Got to say I am jealous od the size of the door compared to my basement workshop window :)
Sure we will see some fine stuff coming from your new shop, will be watching for the further additions.

CtL

-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- PortablePastimes.com (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#7 posted 12-28-2008 01:44 PM

Scott: You’re absolutely right. With our climate, I can probably work darn near year round with only occasional breaks from the cold. Wind is the biggest concern, and I’m working on securing this puppy well enough to handle any but the highest winds. In those cases, there’s not much I can do I’m afraid. Still, I’m happy enough with it for the time being :)

Chris: That is one big advantage :D. I have plenty of space too…just not when it rains ;)

-- "Give me your poor tools, your tired steel, your huddled masses of rust." Yep, I ripped off the Statue of Liberty. That's how I roll!

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#8 posted 12-29-2008 03:29 AM

Nice start.

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#9 posted 12-29-2008 04:10 AM

Thanks CJ :)

-- "Give me your poor tools, your tired steel, your huddled masses of rust." Yep, I ripped off the Statue of Liberty. That's how I roll!

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#10 posted 12-29-2008 04:20 AM

I still do a lot of work outdoors. Sanding is a favorite outsides.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia karsonwm@gmail.com †

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#11 posted 12-29-2008 04:31 AM

There certainly is a lot to like about working outside. I think that, whenever I build my permenant shop, I’ll have a covered deck on it as well…just so I can work outside when I want to :)

-- "Give me your poor tools, your tired steel, your huddled masses of rust." Yep, I ripped off the Statue of Liberty. That's how I roll!

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#12 posted 12-29-2008 11:14 AM

Best thing about it is the free aircon and unlimited natural light, especialy come finishing time.

-- if the hand is not working it is not a pure hand

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#13 posted 12-29-2008 11:39 AM

kiwi,

Absolutely! Unfortunately, in my area it probably won’t be enough AC in the hottest parts of the year, but I can always bring in a fan if needed :D

-- "Give me your poor tools, your tired steel, your huddled masses of rust." Yep, I ripped off the Statue of Liberty. That's how I roll!

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Ekim

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#14 posted 01-01-2009 01:05 AM

Tomcat,
Take a look at the Nicholson bench I just built over at http://schoolofwood.com/blog/4 I think it would serve your needs. It shouldn’t take that long to build it. I am impressed with how well it works, Kudos to Nicholson!
Mike

-- mike, www.schoolofwood.com

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#15 posted 01-01-2009 01:17 AM

Mike,

I appreciate the tip. I’ve been looking at the English Bench in Chris Schwarz’s Workbench book. It’s really just a Nicholson with a slightly different name. I haven’t ruled the Nicholson out at all, but no firm decision has been made.

My only concern is the ability to clamp to the top, which I find I’m doing more and more of on my current bookcase project.

-- "Give me your poor tools, your tired steel, your huddled masses of rust." Yep, I ripped off the Statue of Liberty. That's how I roll!

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