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My workshop is a 9’ x 20’ pre-cast concrete garage at my home just a half mile or so from the rapidly eroding boulder clay cliffs of the East Yorkshire coast. The car lives outside; the motorcycle elsewhere. It’s seriously overcrowded; more and more so with the off-cuts of wood that I can’t bring myself to throw out. Having looked at a few of the workshop pictures already posted makes me realise how ‘disgusting’ mine has become. I’ll need to do some serious tidying before I post any pictures.
The shop is equipped with a Startrite 12” x 13” bandsaw and a tiny Record bandsaw too. There’s a planer / thicknesser by Electra Beckum, a 6” belt & 9” disc sander, a home-built router table, a hefty bench drill and a 5’ Draper lathe. Plus a reasonable collection of hand tools, many quite early ones picked up at what we call car-boot sales. Oh yes, a 10” table saw that I rarely use – the noise frightens me! I turn to the bandsaw whenever possible.

SINCE I wrote the above, I’ve found some pictures I took in the days when I had room to swing cat round.

-- Res severa verum gaudium - True pleasure is a serious business.

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#1 posted 09-22-2007 09:59 PM

Sounds like a wonderful shop. I would love to partake in the boot sales. I bet you come across some wonderful tools.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#2 posted 11-09-2007 06:30 PM

Its not so bad. Looks like mine but better equiped. If it looked a picture perfect it wood be only for show. I partake the view of WayneC about the boot sales. Its a pity I can’t get my hands on some “old stuff”
Carlos Castanheira
South Africa

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#3 posted 11-09-2007 09:00 PM

That’s not bad at all. You can walk in it. My old shop I had to shuffle sideways through most of it.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#4 posted 11-09-2007 09:22 PM

I like your shop, Stewart. Especially that chest of drawers in the first photo. I’ll bet that’s handy for storing all the small stuff. Your shop is about the same size as mine (11×19) and your work is a testament to what you can do in a small shop. Shop size and equipment does not equal craftsmanship. Looks pretty tidy to me. But we are always reorganizing and being creative to make better use of the small space, aren’t we?

-- Happy woodworking!

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#5 posted 01-12-2008 03:50 AM

Looks good Stewart! When does the apprenticeship start? It looks like your place has more nostalgia than Surfside Beach, South Carolina.

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#6 posted 01-12-2008 04:32 AM

Yorkie, I notice that you have inch markings on all your boxes.

Do you still use inchs for woodworking there?
Are things still available in inches there in the UK?

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#7 posted 01-12-2008 06:31 AM

Or are the boxes very old.

Nice shop Stewart.

-- 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 †

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#8 posted 01-12-2008 11:59 AM

Oh my, I have viewed the lathe of Stewart. I am humbled every time I see something from it.

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#9 posted 01-12-2008 12:00 PM

OK Tom, what about 50% surf & sun + 50% nostalgia? <g>

Gary and Karson – The long’s far from straightforward. 95% (approx!) of people think and live by imperial measures. Tradesman have had to go metric as drawings are done that way. Food is meant to be sold in kg but much of it (certainly ‘loose’ stuff) is asked for, almost universally in pounds and ounces. At a deli, cooked meat will be so much per 100g but almost everyone will ask for 1/4lb or half pound or whatever.
Cloth in a haberdashers will be bought as say 5 metres of 54” wide! Fruit and veg pricing (small traders, not supermarkets) seems to be drifting back to price per pound, from dual pricing.

Some years ago I asked for something like an eight foot length of 2×4 to be told: “Oh they’re metric feet so you’ll be a little short!” Honestly! What they regarded as a metric foot is 300mm.

And finally, my boxes. Some of the older contents will be imperial and I still think of a 1” screw or nail rather than a 25mm one. I tend to plan in inches but work in both inches and mm. Somewhere I saw reference to an imperial rule that divided the inches into 24. Best of both worlds?

-- Res severa verum gaudium - True pleasure is a serious business.

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#10 posted 03-18-2008 01:46 PM

Hi Yorkie,

I apologize for just now getting around to viewing your shop. I really like the collection of hand tools that you use. This is one of the areas in which I am trying to improve as I have sorely neglected them over the years. You do have a cozy workshop but I could work it there (provided of course that I improve my hand skills).

By the way I have a great deal of respect for you with regards to your usage of both metric and english measurements. I can tell you without a doubt if I tried it I would design a piece in english measures and mark/cut it in metric units. :)

Thanks for the post.

By the way I enjoy discussions with English/Irish nationals. My sister-in-law is from and currently lives in Ireland. Whenever she visits I have to pause and think about terms such as boot, loo, cooker and take away. While we speak the same language there are some interesting translations that have to be made in both directions at times.

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

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#11 posted 07-10-2008 11:57 PM

Nice shop!

It is a real inspiration


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#12 posted 07-21-2008 01:39 PM

Thanks for choosing me as a Buddy, & especially from England.

My ancestors came to the USA, from the Isle of Man.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#13 posted 07-24-2008 10:03 AM

Great looking workshop Stew. Looks a bit like mine. No wasted space.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#14 posted 10-06-2008 07:26 PM

Hello, I have got to ask…why the timer in amongst the hand planes? It looks like a great shop!

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#15 posted 10-08-2008 09:31 PM

Mark asked: ”Why the timer in amongst the hand planes?

For example Mark; Mrs YS goes out and says: ” Don’t forget to e.g. empty the washing machine/bread machine in twenty minutes” and of course time passes so quickly when one is so absorbed!

-- Res severa verum gaudium - True pleasure is a serious business.

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