Although these photos were actually taken two weeks ago, earlier this morning, it began snowing again. There’s no much of it on the ground right now but, when it does settle and you’re left with a good couple of inches on the covering all, there’s actually a lot that we can learn, as woodworkers, about the positive effects of draught-proofing and fitting roof insulation (if, like mine, you’re workshop doesn’t already have these things).
Activate your heating inside your workshop with half a tonne of snow on the roof and you should fine it’s all better contained within the building. Or, if your heating source is highly effective, you may just find that all the snow melts!! 😀
Most workshop doors are a source of cold air and draughts – if you’re still feeling the cold while the heating’s on then, it may well pay to seal and close all those gaps around all four edges of your doors (and windows). In the photo above, the snow has shown you all you need to know about preventing draughts from creeping in below an up-and-over garage-style door. 😉
Of course, it’s not all good news in your workshop once the temperature begins to drop towards the end of one year and in to the beginning of the next…
- Swollen Drawers.
If you also have wooden drawers beneath your workbench – or, perhaps, timber doors fitted to your cabinets – then, you’re likely to find, as I have, that they’ll have swollen and expanded to the point at which they not longer operate correctly or smoothly. The wider the components, the greater the swelling! Beech (as used for the drawer fronts) isn’t renown for its dimensional stability. However, ash (which I used for the sides) is regarded as being far more reliable for holding its own… Then again, this particular batch of ash boards have spent many months in the workshops at college where moisture is more scarce than in the Sahara Desert! 🙂
Thanks for looking. Enjoy a warmer workshop, this winter, thanks to the snow! 😀