Workshop #2: I found the workbench...

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Blog entry by puupalikka posted 02-17-2010 06:53 PM 974 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Finally I had little time to spend in my workshop. I took some photos of the room. I also tried to heat up the space with little electric heater. Outside it’s -10 degrees celsius and inside the basement there is +5°C. With the heater the room heated up pretty easily to +10°C. So maybe it’s possible to maintain the basic heat at the workshop with electric heater.

I also cleared out the top of the workbench. The top is in ok condition. I think it has been used as a multi-workbench, cleaning up some motor parts, painting etc. I have to check if there’s any need to slice a little bit of the surface with a plane to get it clean.

The room is 2,8m x 6m and the height is no more than 2 meters… I have to do some brainstorming to get my machines to fit and function there. =)

Link to the picasa gallery of the workshop

-- Karri, Hämeenlinna,

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#1 posted 02-17-2010 07:33 PM

great bench you got there when you moved in to that house
it´s looking pretty desent not too bad
the bench look better than mine when I started to restore it
yours is just wider than mine
good luck with the cleaning of it
but start to clean the room and isolate it
before anything else or you will never have it done


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#2 posted 02-17-2010 08:37 PM

What a nice surprise for you – the bench is very similar to what I am building at the moment from Finnish Oak. I would definitely clean and flatten the surface of the bench, clean and readjust the screws and get some leather patches on the vice faces to protect your projects/parts.

The basement is a good size for a small workshop about 170 square feet, as long as you do not have too many big machines to go inside, it will work really well with hand tools, as long as you do not have build another castle :)

Maybe you should consider putting some wooden flooring down (20mm), it will insulate against the cold floor, protect your tools if they fall onto the floor and relieve the stress from your feet and legs if you standing a lot in there.

It also looks as if you might have an external doorway available (below the window) or at least the chance of putting in an external door, which might be useful to you in the long term.

I am happy to hear that an electrical heater raised the temperature enough for you to work in, I am guessing that once the basements becomes a little warmer in time you will need to use less heating.

I am looking forward to seeing the next instalment.

-- Tony - All things are possible, just some things are more difficult than others! - SKYPE: Heron2005 (

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