Shop Design

December 31, 2019 Leave a comment

Earlier this month I posted some thoughts on a new shop. Currently I do not have a final solution, but continue to lean towards a divided three car garage. It seems like the most economical solution and after discussions with a real estate agent would not affect resale of the property.

One of the great tools available for analyzing shop space is provided by Grizzly. At this point a disclaimer; I don’t own any Grizzly tools and I don’t personally know anyone that does. They do appear to be popular and I’ve seen very few negative reviews and would consider them in the future for upgrades to my exisitng tools. ┬áTake a few minutes and lay out your shop using the Grizzly Tools Shop Planner.

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Using the planner I laid out a single car garage (11′ x 22′) with an annex (6′ x 13′.) the diagram above is the output from the planner. Ceratinly there are tools included that I don’t own, but it does give a great idea about how the space would work including the essential shop dog.

 

 

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New Shop Thoughts

December 2, 2019 Leave a comment

Moving South has prompted thoughts of my future work space. Most of my woodworking has been done in the Midwest with a brief stint in the south. Considering the impacts of weather to both myself and the projects I build, temperature and humidity are of concern.

Projects have been built in a wide range of temperatures, the cart project pushed through a cold winter with a small heater struggling to pull the temperature above 30 degrees (fahrenheit for my European readers), the bed I built over 20 years ago was pursued in the Southern heat. Along with temperature, there is a large humidity change between Southern summers and Midwest winters. Like most of you I would rather not struggle through the temperature extremes and my tools would certainly prefer a consistent temperature.

A small shop in an outbuilding would be ideal, but that would take more property than most of us can afford so I’m considering walling off one section of a 3 car garage with a small addition. Shannon Rogers has made excellent use of a single car garage and certainly provides insight into how this space should be used. ATypical single car garage is 12′ x 22′, adequate space at 264 sq ft, however a small addition off to the side would make a large impact with minimal cost.

Placing a wall in the garage and ensuring it is insulated would allow heating and cooling without the risk of losing heat when the garage door is opened for a car! Or accidentally when coming home from a run. It also helps control dust and makes an air cleaner much more effective. The down side, your garage is smaller and would this be amenable for future homeowners?

Continuing the journey to find a new home and shop over the next several months I’ll share my thoughts and decisions hoping for feedback and suggestions from all of you.

 

Categories: Texas Shop

Packing Up

November 17, 2019 Leave a comment

Some recent changes that will have a temporary impact on woodworking. I spent time over the last several weeks packing tools and sorting through items that I don’t need to move.

As we look for a new home near San Antonio, Texas; it’s clear that the tools will remain in storage for a period of time.

Moving always brings potential opportunities. New friends, places to explore and the chance of a new woodworking shop. Like many of you each move brings the hope of having a shop that is not shared with cars, lawn mowers and shovels. I’ll be in touch.

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Roubo Bench Top Attached

October 11, 2019 2 comments

Travel has gotten the best of me this year and projects that should take hours are taking weeks. I’ve put woodworking aside to spend time with family and my furry friends. Hobbes is sleeping now so I’m slipping out to attach the bench top.

With both sections of the top complete, I only have to cut the mortises to attach the top. A small task that took surprising little time. Again careful measurement was the key and handling the bench was a struggle. The weight of the bench is one of the reasons I gravitated towards it but it does present building challenges.

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Roubo End Cap

October 5, 2019 Leave a comment

The end cap on the Roubo Bench creates anxiety for most bench builders, I’m no different and procrastination built a simple dovetail into a crescendo. Although cherry is a soft wood, its beautiful color led me to using it for accent parts (chop, cap, pins, etc.) putting aside my fears I spent a long time marking out the various mortises, holes and finally the dovetail. No pictures for the blog, just pure focus. A couple of hours later and it was complete.

Many of you used hand drills to auger the holes. I used my drill press and was very thankful for the accuracy. Glad to have this behind me its time to place the top on the base.

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Bench Top

July 27, 2019 Leave a comment

The hardest part about this bench is maneuvering the lumber. As more and more parts are pieced together it becomes heavier. I think the photos below tell the story.

Joint, plane glue, repeat.

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Dog Holes and Mistakes

July 23, 2019 2 comments

When choosing a new bench design the dog holes and integral dogs drew me to the Roubo. Planing boards is a pleasure except when you don’t have a great method to hold them on your bench. Paul Sellers’ is adept at using his front vice, and I admit it has worked well for narrow boards. I’ve also used boards positioned across the end of the vice as a planing stop. However the ability to use a tail vice and adjust to any board length has great appeal.

Most of you will notice that a router and template was used in this process. Before hand tool woodworking I did most of my work by machine and I still have most of them. You can’t beat machines for repetitive processes. Except when you stop paying attention and oops.

A little plug will take care of that. I routed one dog hole too far.

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