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Workshop by Tootles posted 07-21-2011 11:41 AM 2096 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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Okay, so I’ve finally taken some photos to show what I’m working with.

1. It’s a shed (5m x 3m x 2m or 17” x 10” x 7”), aka steel box, unlined, hot as … in summer and pretty chilly in winter (I am so glad we don’t get snow!)
2. My woodwork bench that my Dad made around about my last year at school or shortly after
3. My wood stash (that which you can see) and some other “stuff” in the corner that I need to sort out.
4. My storage shelves and general purpose bench – complete with child’s bike waiting to be fixed.
5. Another view of the shelves and general bench past my late Gran’s wordrobe that I’m too sentimental to part with but that does not fit anywhere inside the house. It’s full of camping / outdoors type stuff. In the bottom right of this photo the Bosch cordless drill box is sitting on my Triton workcentre (minus the table, which is covered with a blanket and leaning agianst the shelves in the background.

The shelves are in a U shape with one leg jutting into the centre of the shed. At the end of that leg, is the wardrobe, which gives it the special position of pretty much dead centre of the shed.

The Triton workcentre gets wheeled outside to be used.

Most of my woodwork has been done in school workshops that are spacious and well equipped (even my most recent so many years after leaving school). So … how do I make my shed as good a space as a school workshop? When I work that out, I’ll let you know.

-- I may have lost my marbles, but I still have my love of woodworking

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#1 posted 07-21-2011 03:10 PM

Tootles, I made a lot of things on an open carport before I ever closed it in 6 years ago. I kept my tools in an antique wardrobe on the carport. You just keep on rolling with the woodworking and you will get there one way or the other.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#2 posted 07-23-2011 10:12 AM

Hey Tootles,
Its not what you have but what you can do with what you got…..and some pics would be nice.

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#3 posted 07-23-2011 01:54 PM

Tootles, I have always said that any shop is a good shop. We all make do with what we have to satisfy our woodworking addiction.

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

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#4 posted 08-03-2011 11:44 PM

My workshop started out being an 8×10 shed crammed with equipment. Every day I would unload it and set up under a shade tree. At the end of the day, I packed everything back into the shed. I did this for about a year before getting the big idea of moving my equipment into the house. It’s not for everyone, (especially if your married) but it works for me!! I keep hoping that I can save up enough money to build a workshop outside but my medical bills keep that from happening.

Hey tootles, are you close to Alice Springs? My second wife was from there.

-- I have metal in my neck but wood in my blood!!

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#5 posted 08-04-2011 02:01 AM

Tim, I do feel for you unpacking and packing – I once had a three car garage and only two cars, but still had to keep my tools in the house because the garage just wasn’t secure enough.

And am I close to Alice Springs? Well I’m on the same contenent at least. It’s about as far as Minneapolis is from Dallas – about 900 miles or so.

-- I may have lost my marbles, but I still have my love of woodworking

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#6 posted 10-09-2011 10:44 PM

Mate – I spend HEAPS of time organising my workshop so the space can work – even though mine is a lot bigger. There always seems to be a build up of cr@p that makes your life harder and sometimes flat out dangerous. It looks like you haven’t got enough room to change your mind in there at the moment but keep on top of the rubbish – justify everything that’s in there and keep it organised. Enjoy!

-- Blinded by brilliance

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#7 posted 11-19-2011 02:31 AM

Its a grand starting shop. My first was a 20 by 20 pole barn with dirt floors. And you got square flooring;) Keep us posted on the shop as it progresses.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#8 posted 01-21-2012 01:30 AM

If you are making stuff and tinkering having fun in yah shedshop… then cool… thats what its all about.

-- Rome wasn't built in a day... but I wasn't on that job? ...

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