|Workshop by sixstring||posted 05-04-2012 10:21 PM||875 reads||0 times favorited||4 comments|
My workshop is functionally operational thanks to a little help from my buddy Mark. The centerpiece is definitely my Powermatic 66 which I picked up from The Crucible in Oakland. I took wood and metal shop there recently and since they just picked up a Sawstop, the PM66 was put on sale. I wont say how little I paid for this thing but I will say it didnt come with a fence/rail so I picked up a Vega 50Pro. The fence works very well so far. I have a primitive but reasonably accurate crosscut sled which I plan to improve upon as the projects demand it.
The goal with this shop is to furnish my home with custom designs that I’ve been tinkering with. Perhaps a mash up of craftsman style and modern/mid-century but entirely my own vision. I’m a huge fan of Frank L. Wright and Eames. I also intend on learning to build solid cabinets, first for my built-in bookcase, and ulitmately to replace my outdated kitchen. I’ll begin the kitchen once I feel I’ve mastered my cabinet design and I figure this will be in the next 3-5 years. Long term goal for sure.
Another thing I’m very interested in is in using reclaimed/repurposed/recycled wood. Not so much to “be green” as seems popular these days, but just because I like sourcing material with a story behind it. I picked up 10 old church pews for free on Craigslist from an East Oakland Baptist chuch. I keep my eyes peeled for stuff like this, but even redwood fence teardowns and pallets offer some interesting character to unique projects.
Making stuff makes me happy. Wether this is trainging for a new career, or I’m simply being practical and thrify by building my own stuff, I’m happy to have this shop set up for whatever projects come my way. Looking forward to sharing and learning with you all.
-- JC Garcia, Concord, CA : "It's easier to ask forgiveness than permission..."