|Forum topic by Sprung||posted 10-18-2014 02:43 PM||1146 views||0 times favorited||10 replies|
10-18-2014 02:43 PM
Earlier this year my family and I moved to southwest Minnesota. Previously, in North Dakota, I had a basement workshop, so I was able to work year round.
I now have a garage workshop. It’s a one car garage, attached to the house, not insulated and not heated. After 6 months, I’m finally getting the shop fully set up and it’s starting to get pretty cold. It was 50 in the shop this morning – not too cold for me to work in, but too cold for glues and finishes – and it got me thinking of the months ahead, when it’s only going to get colder.
Next year I might be able to have a gas line run to the garage and would be able to have heat out there next winter, but that leaves me with at least one winter to deal with.
I’ve made the hard decision that, for this winter, my woodworking out there will be very limited – probably next to nothing. I will be moving my lathe into the basement, so I’ll be able to do some work on that and maybe expand my meager turning skills, but I’m primarily a flatworker and have a number of items of furniture on my upcoming projects list and wouldn’t mind trying to tackle a few of them this winter.
I’m thinking that I’ll probably spend a little time here and there out in the shop, as the temperature allows, and do some power tool work here and there and then take the pieces into the basement, let them warm up, and do things like final sanding, gluing, finishing, etc there.
But the biggest thing I’m worried about is how the cold will affect my machines and tools. Anything I should do to prepare my tools for the winter, especially knowing that in a month or so they won’t be seeing much use for a while? It gets cold up here too – often below 0. I’m sure that for about 4 months I will be spending barely any time in the shop. At least I don’t have to contend with having to get a car in there!
Any other tips for continuing to do some work in an uninsulated and unheated shop?
-- Matt, SW MN, https://www.facebook.com/anewcreationwoodworks