at long last I feel I have something worthy of the description ”complete”.
This may or may not be the correct terminology as when do we (woodworkers) ever feel our shops are complete.
However I do feel it is now at the stage where I can start some projects in a confident mood.
In that vein I would like to take you for a walk with me through my endeavours.
Perhaps before I show the improvements you should see the before pics…...
So that was the mess I was in, now we can see the changes…
That was a general view of my 16×12ft. interior.
I have tried to pack as much in as possible while keeping the centre clear.
That is my Kity 609TI Combi-Saw/Spindle Moulder, the main machine in my shop.
In the bottom right-hand corner is my 10-speed lathe and surface planer/thicknesser.
It has a surfacer of 1200mm and thicknesser capacity of 256×200mm.
To the right is storage for sash-clamps.
On the top left hand corner you can see the 2nd most important piece of gear in my shop, my radio…
Next is my newly built mitre-saw station with a shout out to Tom Clark and his fantastic workshop.
He made me think a little bit more about utilising storage space, CHEERS.
Next is my workbench with storage underneath.
The bench is also hinged in the middle to fold beneath to give more floor-space if required.
It is also at the same height as mitre-saw and can be a support for long pieces.
To the left of my bench are various cramps.
I also have 6 Plano clamps which are fantastic for gluing panels, table-tops, laminates etc.
I acquired those from an ex-boss who ran away with the company secretary leaving a trail of unpaid bills and wages (including mine), and were appropriated with other bits-n-bobs in lieu of wages.
Bottom left hand corner is a work station for my drill-press, morticer and small bandsaw.
With the flap up I can rip on the saw freely and down the 3 tools are on sleds and can be easily moved into position for use.
Below is stored my small compressor, enough air for my nail-gun and gravity feed sprayer. To the left is more storage.
Some shelves for storing rip-fence, moulder and planer equipment, and anything I may be working on at that moment.
The rack above stores all the small-medium size pieces of various hardwoods I have gathered.
I have a timber-rack in an outhouse for larger pieces of softwoods, turning blanks etc.
A thank you is due to craftsmanonthelake for his 3pile suggestion.
Does everyone find it hard to throw ”Stuff” away.
In my 16×12ft universe I really need to be more ruthless in future.
Well folks, the tour is now over and I would be grateful for any input/suggestions to improve my shop.
Thanks for your time but I have to go and make a zero-clearance insert and a table for my drill-press, and…
I may be complete but will I ever be finished….....