|Workshop by whiskeyturner||posted 03-10-2010 12:45 AM||1020 reads||0 times favorited||6 comments|
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Until my marrige went bellie up at the end of 2008 I had a workshop that I was very proud of, well equiped & large enough to do what I needed, (although do we ever have enough room?)
When I moved out, I took only the tools I could carry plus a few necessary machines.
Now in my new home and shed I’m trying to rebuild my wokshop, This time focusing mainly on woodturning and since a lot of my turning is done away from home I’ll lean to a more portable style workshop. The shed has a tin roof, tin walls, steel frame, rolla door, no windows, a loose pebble floor and no permanent power supply…...I share this with all the boxes and household items that didn’t make it inside plus all my mechanical equipment , But hey it’s home and it did come with a simple but sturdy pine bench for the lathe and other items.
All my everyday turning tools are kept in a bucket that has a toolbag insert with plenty of pockets on the sides for the fidely stuff. I have given it a mdf bottom with a mdf seperator that sits midway, the tool handles are painted with different colours & shapes to tell them apart. Another more conventional style toolbag holds the bulky items, power drill, chucks, other tools and finishes ect… This way they all have a home and when I take my gear to a demonstration or when I teach at my local club, I just have to pick them up and put them in the car…..no searching around last minute for what i want to take with me.
The lathe I kept is a JET mini with an extention bed, it’s not light but it’s manageable.
While I’m away or turning outside, my lathe sits (unbolted) on a non-slip matt that is laid on top of fold up and height adjustable alluminum platform, on this I have a board fixed on top and a midway shelf that helps add support, also a safety screen is fitted whilst out in public. I have used this same set up for demonstrating for a number of years now it works & travels well, so the step to using it full time is a short easy one. I do miss my Nova 3000 & will eventuly pick up another big lathe maybe along the lines of a Vicmarc VL300, but for now the little jet is doing just fine & it’s teaching me to keep my tools sharp & to take finer cuts that ultimately give me a better quality piece.
As for the base workshop the only item I’m missing is a bandsaw which I should have in the coming months, so all’s that’s left is to organize it to optimize the area that I have and to protect the other items from dust and damage…....oh yeah and to do as much turning as possible! Hopefully I’ll add a few more photo’s as changes are made.
-- There is always an opportunity to learn. . . .Steve Mcgrady. . Sydney, Australia.