A Modest Shop
A small modest shop can produce fine work! After attending 2 schools in woodworking I have come back to my home town with little to no budget and the oppertunity of cheap space in the basement of my folks’ house.
The “shop” is divided into two spaces. One, was originally my father’s “handyman” workspace which now I call the “machine room”. the other was my brother and my music space, now it’s my “bench room”.
The few machines are not state-of-the-art, are small, and sometimes “inadequet” but one learns how to best make due, be clever and resourceful. I am pretty focus on handwork in my work. Finely tuned hand skills will never be replaced by machines. So I get by with not quite square cuts on the poor table saw by fine tuning by hand. Even the finest tuned machines that I’ve had the privieldge to work with cannot seem to give ideal results so I’d be hitting it by hand also, though not as much.
Whatever the case I was giving an oppertunity to really give it a go so that’s what I’m doing. I don’t know what I would do without a shop to work in 🙂
First thing I did when I came back was make this workbench. Probably the most important tool in the shop! Handtools on the wall, some lumber storage to the right.
Hastily made parts/assembly table (I really need to get a smaller better stero so I can open up more space). Lovely aluminum bar clamps, off-cut storage, and shelves for shop needs ie glue, screws, sandpaper, finish, books...
Machine room. 8" jointer, 14" bandsaw, 13" planer, table saw, drill press. Don't mind the "mirual" my Father put it there years ago heh.
Becuase the "machine room" still house my Father's desk/bench, cabinets, and other suchwhat I can't use the space effectively... So there's a little section of "over spill" ha. Router table, my lovely Davis and Wells boring machine, and a lathe that I really don't use anymore (I used to build drums) but don't have the heart to get ride of yet... maybe my Father would like to turn bowls some day.
I may not have top of the line machines, or even close, but when it comes to hand tools I am vey happy with what I have (one could always use more though ha) and spend the time to properly make and tune them up.
The right tool for the right job! smoother plane, polishing plane, high and low angle planes, 2 jointer planes, 4 coopering planes, jack plane, hogging shave, refined shaves different scales, round bottom shaves, scraper shave, low angle shave...