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BustedClock

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193 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: apartment living room bed room workspace

So, a couple of years ago, my wife and I moved to Denver, CO. We moved out of a townhouse with a single car garage in which we never parked the car except when I was working on it. I wasn’t much into woodworking at that time, although toward the end I was reading lots of stuff about it on the toobz.

In Denver, we moved into a two bedroom apartment, and rented a covered parking space. The only place for woodworking is somewhere in the house. Here’s my current “workshop.”

Although she agreed I could do this (for mental health reasons) she’s not best please. Indeed, neither am I.

I would like to use the second bedroom as a workshop since we only get out of town guests at Thanksgiving and Christmas. Unfortunately, I’d have to learn enough woodworking to make Murphy beds out of the two twin mattresses in there. Don’t think that’s going to happen soon.

So, what’s an urban dweller to do? Did any of you folks have the same sort of issues? How (short of moving) did you solve them?

Enquiring minds want to know.

-- Hey, I'm usually right twice a day! Except where they use 24 hour clocks.


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BustedClock

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#1 posted 193 days ago

I should say, it is my mental health about which my loving wife is concerned. ;-)

-- Hey, I'm usually right twice a day! Except where they use 24 hour clocks.

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#2 posted 193 days ago

http://hackerspaces.org/wiki/Denver The Club Workshop metions woodworking.
This could be a good option for you. Some places you even bring your own tools in. But the bad thing is anyone can use them. I have never participated in these but a friend of mine made me check one out once. seems like a good thing. Might be what you’re looking for.

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#3 posted 193 days ago

It is a start, good reason to make the Murphy bed

-- Norman

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#4 posted 193 days ago

Depending on how tight money is, you can always rent a shop someplace.

-- Mark Smith, Tracy, CA., http://www.markscustomwoodcrafts.com

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#5 posted 193 days ago

I work in my living room using hand tools and a cordless drill. While making a project, I keep my workmate and tools in a corner, and pull the workmate out when actually working on it. That works for small projects, but currently I am building my tool chest/cart and occasionally it has taken over most of the room. If my ex was still around, I probably wouldn’t be allowed to do this. If you can utilize the spare bedroom, that sounds like the best option to me (remote locations aren’t convenient).

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#6 posted 193 days ago

I used to use the extra bedroom in a small apartment as a workshop. Sawdust and metal chips don’t go well with carpeted floors… :(

-- Malcolm Laurel - http://MalcolmLaurel.com https://www.etsy.com/shop/MalcolmLaurel

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knockknock

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#7 posted 193 days ago

Interesting point about the carpeting. I have low pile carpet (looks like flat weave) in a color pattern that hides almost anything. I scoop up the big stuff with a plastic dustpan and then vacuum up the rest with my Dyson DC18 (I don’t have metal chips?). So I would say it depends on the carpet.

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#8 posted 193 days ago

Been in your shoes before, minus the wife, she’d left long before that point. Do look into hackerspace, sometimes called makerspace in your area. There isn’t one where I live, but the one in the quad cities where my brother lives is amazing. You might want to consider a small band saw (they are versatile, don’t take up a ton of space and are quieter than a vacuum cleaner. Take over the bedroom and tackle that murphy bed project.

I am not personally very familiar with anything but European style hand tools, but it seems to me that the Asian tradition of woodworking where one is less reliant on big heavy benches and big vises might be more suited to working in a smaller space.

Can you just prop the twin mattresses against a wall while you are working and put them back when you are done? or are there box springs and bed frames as well?

Good luck.

-- Ted

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#9 posted 193 days ago

I don’t think I could work that way, I’d have to rent a shop somewhere.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#10 posted 193 days ago

I went to both the University of Georgia and Georgia Tech back in the 1970’s. To be honest I studied very hard and didn’t have a lot of time for woodworking. However, I did have a nice set of woodworking hand tools and what time I did spend in woodworking was done on the small porch and balcony of the small apartments that my wife and I lived in.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#11 posted 193 days ago

You’re in luck in Denver, there’s a community wood shop there.

http://www.clubworkshop.com/

You might want to consider focusing on carving or chip carving
or something like that.

-- http://lawoodworking.com

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#12 posted 192 days ago

I did look into the community workshop—Club Workshop—but it’s $100 per month. Also, when the semester starts I won’t have time to go there.

The woodshop at school is quite nice, but we are only supposed to be working on school projects. I think everybody gets away with doing little things, now and again, but it’s one of those don’t abuse it situations.

Now that the holidays are over, my loving wife may consider letting me prop the beds up for a while. They do have box-springs and frames, but those shouldn’t be a problem. I can always strap everything together before propping them.

I’m not sure I’m up to making Murphy beds yet. So far, I’ve only worked on mortise and tenon joinery, and I’m still far from mastering those. BTW, except for drills and a router, I only have hand tools.

As for cleanup, you might have noticed a flannel sheet on the floor in the picture. That works pretty well, especially since I only create dust when I saw something. The rest of the time is shavings and chips, and those clean up fairly well.

-- Hey, I'm usually right twice a day! Except where they use 24 hour clocks.

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BustedClock

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#13 posted 192 days ago

One thing I’ve thought of is to create a small workbench, like the size of one of those roll-around butcher block thingys rich folks have in their kitchens. I think I could make one nice enough to pass for an interesting piece of furniture when not in use.

I was thinking of using… is it Shipwright’s?—V8 wedged leg vice, and a small face vice. I’m hoping something like that would hold me for a while. Once I get the SketchUp done, I’ll post it here for you all to comment on, and perhaps provide suggestions.

Glad to know this isn’t an uncommon situation.

Thanks!

-- Hey, I'm usually right twice a day! Except where they use 24 hour clocks.

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#14 posted 192 days ago

Check out Mosquito’s bench in the work bench smack down thread. I am currently working on building a smaller bench to use inside about 5’ long by 16” wide, which will hopefully look like a piece of furniture when not in use instead of just a really cluttered work bench which is how my current bench typically looks.

-- Richard, Hot Springs, Ar -- Galoot In Training

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#15 posted 191 days ago

someone once shared how he did his woodworking in hotel rooms, as he was on the road all the time. He carried his supplies in a suitcase!
another member shared his story of having the attic as his workspace
and then there is Dilo Marcio Fernandino who works in a closet. His wife set rules: no sawdust anywhere and no power tool noise

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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