Has it really been six-months already?! Doesn’t time fly…
[Click here for my previous Workshop Tour.]
Welcome back to my workshop. Please step inside to see how (or, if!) things have changed since February…
Come on in!
From the outside, you should already be able to see the great 16in Startrite 401e bandsaw, which is one of several new arrivals since my last update. In fact, this arrived only days after the last one, if I remember rightly. Down the left-hand side at the front of my workshop, there’s still the big ugly shelving unit filled with mostly household junk. In front of that, I have my offcuts bin and bobbin sander, leading up to the new saw (with my mountain bike sandwiched somewhere in behind…).
Just in front of my bandsaw is where I like to stack my boxes of offcuts (which are offered to Freecyclers as firewood) and a bag of floor-sweepings, before it grows enough to be emptied in to the ‘Green‘ bin at the local Recycling Centre. I could try rearranging things so that this is closer to the door but, compared to the sander and wood bin in front, this actually has a smaller footprint (though, it still has to be moved when changing the bandsaw blade, so that I can get the door open).
I do keep another bin to the right of my mitre saw as well. This takes kindling-sized stuff which I deem too small to appeal to anyone look for real ‘burnable’ chunks.
Behind my bandsaw is where the vacuum lives. It is predominantly used with that machine and, being next to the workbench, it’s also ‘on stand-by‘ for any power tool work.
Moving on, and the workbench is still going very strong, one-year on and with all the recent modifications I’ve previously blogged about…
As you’ll see elsewhere on this visit; my workshop is still brimming with offcuts, stacked up to the rafters! Even the workbench cannot escape from its duties of storing a few short lengths, below…
Tool storage along the back wall has come along rather well:
Though, I’m still looking for a solution to storing my sash cramps, after having a 16amp socket installed… (It really was the best place for it, considering it is used solely with my big bandsaw.)
On to the far left corner and you’ll see that my router table now lives on top of a mobile toolbox [I’m desperate to find a buyer for that box!!]. It really is too heavy to keep lumping it around, in and out from below my sliding mitre saw (power tool cases live under there, now). The rest of this corner isn’t as tidy, with bits of spruce and a full bag of shavings obscuring access to my secure tool cabinet.
Let’s step-back and take a look at the rear-end of my workshop, for a moment:
I still believe that, if I can find the money to to fit some more joists and create a roof-storage space overhead, I would be able to clear this entire shelving unit and then push some of my less-easily accessible machinery (the mortiser!) back in to action.
Here is my mortiser, in case you were wondering; with my 110v transformer alongside it (both still atop the chest freezer) and a chip extractor on the floor, next to this.
From your last visit, you may recall that my smaller 12in bandsaw would have been in the next photo on these rounds (right-hand side, near the middle of the ‘shop). Now, however, this is where my lathe-cum-disc sander stand is situated, having shifted over to make way for the arrival of the Startrite 401e. This works quite well, for me, as it allows me to manoeuvre the planer-thicknesser quite easily, when required.
It’s also housed and shielded quite nicely below two more storage shelves:
Actually, since taking this photo, I’ve had a sort through this rack to dig out some 1in English oak for a wall rack I’m going to make. It’s odd, though… I barely found enough oak to do the job but, this rack still looks like it’s about to tear the wall down! 😀
Ah. Now, this would be the heart of wood storage in my workshop. Not ideal in any sense or meaning of the word! Particularly not in the winter, when damp creeps in through the walls and floor.
As much as I’d like to have most of this lot up on the wall as well, the up-and-over door would prevent me from storing anything wider than 10-12in. 😡
Then, there’s my sliding compound mitre saw. When you were last hear, this was the Bosch GCM 12 SD model. In truth, I never really got on well with that saw, which is why it has been replaced my the Makita LS1013. This one was also second-hand but, it’s as good as new and is far more reliable than that Bosch saw ever was!
As with most mitre saws, dust collection is highly inefficient. To be far, the bag fills up very quickly but, as you can see; an awful lot of waste ends up on the shelving unit behind. Incidentally, I’ve tried giving this one away on Freecycle but, still no takers. 😦 The back panel is pretty damp so, I may end up recycling this myself in to a horizontal storage rack along that back wall, later.
Painting the inside face of that door has made quite a difference. As much as I love having a large bandsaw like this, I do also appear to have lost some floor space which, in the past, had been used to assemble dining table frames – I know; hard to believe, isn’t it! 🙂 If I can sort my storage out though, move things around at the back of the ‘shop and get that pillar drill off the floor (it’s a bit like Steven Gerrard – seems to think it has a right to wander wherever it chooses… Except, it’s not a c**t – it’s a Clarke! 😉). I may even replace it with a smaller bench top model, as I really don’t need such a large drill press.
That just about concludes the tour for another six-months. You don’t need me to tell you that I haven’t yet made any developments on the overhead-storage front though, it remains sky-high on my priorities list. The irony is that, while I’m concerned about spending money on that part of my workshop (I would budget £200 in materials for the job), I’ve spent much more than that on timber and tools in the past six-months, without batting an eyelid! 🙄
I’ve had dreams of moving out and renting my own, larger workshop with space to breathe and leave each individual machine in its own designate space; perhaps even add some more kit… Though, as my business is slow a the moment and we can never know what the future does hold, I think I’m going to take some advice recently given to me by Richard Maguire… ‘Keep your overheads low for as long as possible’. Which, basically, means staying put and making more of the space I’ve got.
Now, if only I’d decided to do that when I had money in the bank…!! 😛
When is rains heavily as well, rust is still an issue in my workshop, as you’ll be able to see with the ‘scars‘ left on top of my planer:
This is also why a scrap of 6mm plywood sits on my bandsaw’s table, while the machine is not in use:
Before we end this tour, here is a glance at my current kit list; not including most portable power tools:
- Axminster AW106PT Planer/Thicknesser
- Startrite 401e Bandsaw
- Makita LS1013 Sliding Compound Mite Saw
- Axminster ADE1200 Dust Extractor/Chip Collector
- Nilfisk-Alto Aero 25-21 Vacuum Extractor
- Clarke CDP201B Pillar Drill/Drill Press
- “Smiths Woodworker” Mortiser (16mm/5/8″ maximum chisel capacity)
- Jet JBOS-5 Oscillating Spindle Sander/Bobbin Sander
- Hegner HSM300 12″ Disc Sander
- Axminster M900 Woodturning Lathe
- Work Sharp 3000 Grinder/Tool Sharpener
- Freud FT2000VCE ½in. Router (in Router Table)
- Earlex HV5000 Spray Station
- …And, not forgetting the DAB radio; tuned in to Planet Rock on a daily basis! 😉
Thank you very much indeed for reading. I do hope you’ve enjoyed the tour. 🙂