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My Workshop is my sanity, and an important part of my life, but it has been a rollercoaster journey. My first workshop was an 8' x 6' wooden shed, that moved on, as a number of tools were added, into my triple garage, the cars could stay outside for all I cared, the important thing was the workshop. I then planned retirement, my second wife and I were going to settle in our house in Spain, but she still wanted a UK base so we downsized, and so did my workshop into a 12' x 10' metal panel shed.
Then came retirement in 2006, my wife got cold feet and refused to move, but I went to Spain as planned, and had a workshop, which most people who only do woodwork as a hobby, only dream of, I had 150 m2 of workshop, I tried my hardest, but I couldn't fill it, despite three car journeys with the trailer to the UK to collect all my possessions. I was determined that I would continue with woodworking, so whilst I was waiting for the sale of my house in Spain to go through, I used a spare bedroom in a rental apartment as a micro-workshop, not ideal, but I spent the time jig making. It has taken a while to organise the workshop, to be honest, it is still work in progress, but at least now, I know where to put my hands on any tool without having to search for it, and my Colombian wife, has learned not to help herself! If there is a problem with the workshop, it is indeed space, only the new workbench is non moveable, everything else can be moved when it is needed, and for the most part they are. I will walk you around the workshop; as you enter through the roller door, the new mahogany bench is directly opposite, which gives me plenty of light from the door, and also from the large window to the side, if needed there are sufficient electric lights for use on a cloudy day! I brought the electrics from the house fusebox, down the garden to the workshop, overhead, into it's own self-serving fusebox, with two circuits, one for lights, the other for power, the downside of this is that unless you buy commercial machinery, everything is 110v, and having been used to 220v, I do notice the difference when using power tools. On the left as you enter the workshop is my new table-saw,also my bandsaw, my table-saw sleds hang on the wall behind the saw, and the holder for circular saw blades hangs on the wall nearby.
Selecting a new table-saw was a pain, being on a pension, and also only a hobby woodworker, I had to look for the best deal on a budget, and to be honest there wasn't that much to choose from, however as it turns out my Craftsman, is a good saw, and being on adjustable castors, just what I need, most of the time, I wheel it outside to use it. From that wall, I move to the bench wall, there are my clamp racks, I am steadily adding more and more clamps of various types, some bought, others made.
Under my bench are stored the electric tools that I use most frequently, again I know where each one is, so I don't have to bend far, I just reach under and up it comes!


Beyond the bench, I have my bench grinder on it's own stand, the pillar drill, which again can be moved, with most of my jigs on the wall behind, including John's Tapering jig, alongside these is my portable Mitre saw stand, again courtesy of John. On the end wall is my shelving system made from pine and OSB, I can find most things here, but I still think I can make better use of the space. The problem I have is that my workshop is not just devoted to woodwork, it also houses all my electrical and plumbing tools and materials, my decorating tools and supplies, also my generator, but that hasn't had much use so far.
The final wall is where I keep all my timber, I thought I would have run out by now, but I always seem to be recycling, or having bits left over from another project, so my mahogany supply continues to grow, albeit, much of it is shorter, narrower lengths, I will find a use for it. Under the wall mounted timber rack, I keep my Bench Planer on it's wheelbarrow stand, that stand has been an absolute godsend, I wouldn't be without it now. The one problem I do have is sheet timber, I just don't have the space to store that, at the moment I have a bit left over from another project, but I am hoping to use that up soon. The one bit of floor space that is 'wasted space' is taken up by my two assistants, the dogs, never leave my side, so they have beds in the workshop, as well as the house, and stay out of my way when I am working, keeping a close watch!
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I would return home from a shift in the Police, have my meal, and straight into the workshop for a couple of hours, a real de-stresser! I ended up only using 100m2 and partioning the rest off to use as a storeroom for the house.
Spain to Colombia was a total no go for shipping the workshop, so I had to sell everything off for cents, it was heartbreaking. I also lock the door slightly open when we go out, so the dogs can shelter from the storms we have. I clean up after every job, even if I am about to start immediately on another project, I sweep and vacuum up ( made easier by having a tiled floor) and put all my tools back in place, then start afresh. Neither the service provider nor the domain owner maintain any relationship with the advertisers. My mentor was my first Father-in-law, who in the Uk was not really a Carpenter, he was a Chippy, did a bit of this and that, but he knew what he was doing, and with handtools rather than electric, which is a good way to start. At night, the workshop is locked tight, and alarmed, with security cameras, unfortunately you can't be too careful here. It might seem like overkill, but it only takes a few minutes, and that makes life so much easier. In case of trademark issues please contact the domain owner directly (contact information can be found in whois).



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