|Workshop by jtworkshop||posted 02-22-2011 08:13 PM||1155 reads||0 times favorited||4 comments|
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Welcome to my workshop. I’m not sure if it fully qualifies as a workshop as it is in my living room. To make this area I first painted and then put down a large sheet of high grade plywood to protect the floor. Then I built this worktable out of scrap lumber and later stained the base of it dark so it would blend in better in the house. The top is stained with two different natural stains I made. The first I put down was a beet stain which turned it very pink. Then 2 more layers of a very dark coffee stain(coffee and a teaspoon of Alum). The end color I really liked and these photos were taken shortly after I stained it. I have a hook installed on the right side which holds my cordless drill and my other tools I keep on the shelves. I mainly use this area for finishing and assembly. Cutting and sanding I do out in the driveway or in a spare room in the basement where I also keep some additional materials. I saw another worktable that had a small open shelf right under the worktop and that is a great idea. I wish I had built that into my table as well. It allows you to have tools out of the way but right in reach at all times.
Actually, my current setup is a ton better than how I used to build in Florida, I only had one small workstand and built everything else on the concrete porch of my apartment. But I’m still looking forward to someday having a more complete and separate workshop.
I have a mitre saw and a hand saw. Generally I stay away from any project that requires anything more than that or a few hand tools. From the beginning I’ve tried to build things in a way that keeps things simple and encourages anyone with a few tools and some material that they can be building furniture for their home even if they don’t have a full workshop at the moment.