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This is as good as it gets,well at least at my “workshop” that is.

My workshop if you could call it that, is a series of mobile tools stashed away in my home garage.
I roll them out when the weather is good and work in the drive way.
I have an old bench in the garden, which is exposed to the elements so it gets a new top on a regular basis meaning when it gets totalled I change it.

I have always wanted to do wood working when I retired so when I was about to get put off from Boeing I bought a few items.
A 10” Table saw a bench sander a small bandsaw and a thicknesser.
I already had the usual run of the mill tools so that was no real problem.

I later bought a kreg Jig and then whenever I needed to do a specific job I bought the tools I needed to support the work.
I was fortunate to be able to asist with a milling activity and as a result obtained a “heap” of timber to work with once it was seasoned.
I have a collection of timber ‘hidden in the roof space of the garage but generally I just go buy what I need as it doesn’t store well, Goes out of shape !

What do I make? Well just about anything.
I do a lot of experimenting, meaning attempting to make something I saw and like on LJs for example. I have a collection of finished pieces made for the house or made as a result of seeing something I wanted to find out how to do. Tables Furniture, boxes, veneering and some special order that poeple ask for.

I make items for the family and grandchildren as well I have four boys so I usually make four of each at a time, not really sure how they go down with them.
There is no doubt it takes me longer than normal to make items and possibly not fully correct in methods but I enjoy it.
In memorandum: Picture four is of my oldest brother David, unfortunately a victim of the Vietnam war

-- Regards Robert


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KMT

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#1 posted 05-23-2012 03:55 PM

You forgot the pics.

-- - Martin

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fatman51

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#2 posted 09-10-2015 09:39 AM

Looks like your set up works alright and you seem to get some good work done. I work outside a fair amount as well, when my project is bigger than my shop.

-- The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself. Benjamin Franklin

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LittleBlackDuck

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#3 posted 09-22-2017 09:51 PM

”Beautiful one day, perfect the next”… If that was true you’d get 1 or 2 days work outside… Have you considered a roof to extend your worktime by an extra day?

You must have one Arnie dimensioned bicep lugging that solid “table top” outside each time under the armpit…. Have you considered a “tortion box”? One made out of 3mm and 6mm MDF may be lighter (hmm???) and is incredibly solid and of course it goes without saying (ssshhh!) thattwo made out of the same material will make the other redundant.

Welcome to the Duck’s inane following and nonsensical comments.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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robscastle

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#4 posted 09-22-2017 10:13 PM

Torsion Box yes but I think the elements would wreck it, I have gotta do something I need a “level playing field” for my work I tell you.

All based on limited money, bloody electricity bills and all those other sort of “surprises” that keep coming after the income finishes,
Absolute garbage people sell you these days!!

I have a shade cloth I put up when it gets too hot and a portable Gazebo (the usless thing lasted one overnight rain and collapsed under the weight of the water) so I stuck wood dowel in the metal tubing to at least get some use out of it.

Wheels wheels!! stuff this picking up and carrying gear these days even the shopping goes in the wheelbarrow from the car to the stairs!!

-- Regards Robert

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LittleBlackDuck

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#5 posted 09-22-2017 11:43 PM


Torsion Box yes but I think the elements would wreck it, ....

Didn’t realise the table was an outsider. You would find the same dimensions out of MDF (even all 3mm) may be lighter and if properly made just as strong and robust (if you take it inside) even if wheeled in.


All based on limited money, bloody electricity bills and all those other sort of “surprises” that keep coming after the income finishes,
Absolute garbage people sell you these days!!

You may have noticed in my pictures posted near the end of my Metal bolts in timber threads post the house I bought (in Richmond) was condemnable and inner city living was not the vogue. Fortunately I had a steady job and managed to keep up my mortgage payments. I didn’t move to Churchill for the climate… it is a 2 kangaroo and a skitzo koala town (which is gonna downsize even more since Hazelwood Power Station closed down this year)... even the imported European carp are deserting the pondage. I was retrenched with no re-employment prospects…. so I sold my Richmond residence (after extensive renovations over 20 years) for my current country residence (at least it had a large workshop) that managed to provided me with a self-funded pension that didn’t make me rich but not have to struggle and be able to afford my tools and gadgets… I don’t travel so the budget is more tools motivated.
I was fortunate enough to be able to subsidise solar panels from my newly created super fund through some creative accounting and managed to get on the 66c feed in tariff rate quite a dew years ago, so I basically don’t pay for electricity and even with Victorian weather manage to make a slight profit.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#6 posted 09-22-2017 11:50 PM

It’s not the shop that makes the project it’s the maker and you have plenty of great projects to prove you and your shop get it done.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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LittleBlackDuck

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#7 posted 09-23-2017 09:31 AM



It s not the shop that makes the project it’s the m....
- a1Jim

It’s the missus with the raised eyebrow… But then again, I only speak when permitted.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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