My wife and I are currently visiting my son Mark and our DIL Sofie. This is our first visit to them in Sweden and the house they bought here just 8 months ago. The house was built in 1953, but is quite a good quality and it has been nicely modernized, but the cellar could use some TLC in some of the rooms. One of these has become a woodworking shop.
At the beginning of the year I got my son a mini-lathe, a grinder and a set of turning tools. In addition, I brought my old, but good Delta bandsaw, Delta scroll saw and a few power hand tools with in the car with the aim of setting up a workshop for Mark. This all started when he asked me to pick up a chip carving knife for him and I went a little nuts and got all the other stuff too.
My hopes were that I could set up the shop, get Mark started with woodturning, and introduce him to the other tools I had with us. Unfortunately my son has some serious health problems due to a bad back surgery and a lot of pain in his joints that he found out last Thursday is the same type of arthritis that I have. this resulted in him not being in very good shape to get started in the shop, but after getting anti-inflammatory medication he was finally ready to do some turning, but this is our last day here, so he didn’t get to finish up, but he did enjoy it.
Here are some photos of the ‘new shop’
This is a table we picked up at the local second hand store, to be use for assembly, scroll sawing and drilling among other tasks.
We also got a workmate bench and the miter saw is one I brought with from home.
This shot shows a french cleat and a small tool board that I made hanging on it. I just made this to show my son how to make them. He will be hanging a few more and an assortment of tool boards to hang on them. You can also see the clamp rack we put on the far wall.
The red cart is an old anesthesia table that Sofies stepdad picked up at the hospital where he works. It should make a good tool chest, but it needs some padding in the metal drawers and cupboards.
My son and I finally got some time to do some turning today! The anti inflammatories were working and so we went to work. This is his very first turning. We had only some construction fir, a 4mm square length that we cut four pieces off and glued them together with paper glue joints so we could do an inside out turning. I thought it would be a good beginner project.
Here is Mark starting on the first stage
Eventually the turning on the outside was finished and the four pieces reversed to the inside and reglued so the new outside could be turned.
This is as far as we got. Mark will have to finish it up after we leave tomorrow. The workpiece is a little too long, so maybe not too easy to get a lot of curve into it, but a lot was learned using several different turning tool.
One important feature of the shop is that it is warm all winter, and fairly well lighted. On the negative side, it has plastered walls that make it a little difficult hang stuff, but not to bad. The place needs a good paint job on the walls and the floor and some good shelves to store materials on. That will all come in the foreseeable future.
I am thrilled that we got the shop setup. Unfortunately I didn’t get the opportunity to show Mark how to use the other tools, but I did bring along some books like the Bandsaw Book and the Scrollsaw Book and I ordered a good beginner book on turning.
We had a wonderful visit her in the North of Sweden near Lycksele. We really enjoyed meeting Sofie’s family and taking some side trips around the area and in town.
We leave for Norway tomorrow morning and we should be home Tuesday evening, so we will be out of touch for a couple of days.
Thanks for reading.
-- Mike, an American living in Norway.