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Workshop by rilanda posted 07-04-2012 04:32 PM 1713 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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My workshop is small by most standards, but it is cosy, however size isn’t everything (as the actress said to the Bishop). I like to describe it as an Aladdin’s cave where rough pieces of timber many of them reclaimed go in one end and a few days later re-emerge as a new piece of furniture or a small piece of Treen. I have always bought quality hand tools many of them from car boot sales or antique fairs, preferring the quality of the steel in tools of yesteryear. I do possess a number of small machines, small because of my shortage of space, I have a Record power CL1 lathe which I have upgraded. Although the workshop is small 15 feet x 7 feet I have made some fairly large pieces of furniture and joinery items sometimes with difficulty. My tools include several Henry Disston hand saws, tenon saws and dovetail saws, most of my planes are either Record or Stanley, these include a Record 405 fully kitted out moulding plane, I have in the region of 100 chisels of various shapes and sizes but this includes 37 carving tools, all of these are old tools many of them could be called antique. Because the workshop has such a high content of tools (most locked away in cupboards and drawers the workshop is fitted with two intruder alarms, both of them not only making a large amount of noise in the workshop but also raising the alarm in my home.

-- Bill, Nottingham. Remember its not waiting for the storm to end, but learning to dance in the rain that counts. If you dont make mistakes, you make nothing at all.

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#1 posted 07-04-2012 04:38 PM

I love it! I’ve got a little shop, too, but you’ve got way more stuff than me! ;)

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#2 posted 07-04-2012 09:31 PM

Wow, you use almost every single CC of space in that shop! Looks like a nice cozy place to do some wood turning!

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#3 posted 07-04-2012 09:43 PM

That is a great shop


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#4 posted 07-04-2012 10:04 PM

Cool shop with lots of neat stuff packed in it.

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#5 posted 08-18-2013 10:23 AM

Just about the same size as my workshop – roof and all! Find it hard to move projects around and bring new stock in. The joys.

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#6 posted 10-06-2013 11:56 AM

I have named my workshop “Tardis” got a carved sign on the door proclaiming this, hard to believe that I have made writing bureau, 3 welsh dressers, a number of tables, rocking chairs, chests of drawers and numerous small pieces of furniture all for members of the family. Kept me busy through a long and very happy retirement, loved every minute working with my hands and brain. I will post a photo of the sign at another time.

-- Bill, Nottingham. Remember its not waiting for the storm to end, but learning to dance in the rain that counts. If you dont make mistakes, you make nothing at all.

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