Your workshop

  • 14 Mar 2017 4:23 PM
    Message # 4666504

    I thought it may be a nice idea to post pictures of your workshop or where ever you do your woodworking. Here is mine. It is not much but it works. (I hope the pictures shows right. I do not really understand how to post pictures on here yet.)

  • 14 Mar 2017 11:30 PM
    Reply # 4667134 on 4666504

    You have to go to your profile security and allow us to see your photos. You can click on my name and check out my pics.

  • 14 Mar 2017 11:32 PM
    Reply # 4667135 on 4666504

    that could be a nice workspace. Time to build yourself a bench.

  • 15 Mar 2017 2:42 AM
    Reply # 4667321 on 4666504

    All I have is a bench, and the space it is in will not be there for long. I have been asked to enclose that area into a screened in porch. 

    I looked in my privacy setting and it says that members can see my pictures. 

    The shop you have is nice! I would love to have that much space! When my wife and I lived in our previous house we had a two car garage, but I only had about ten square feet to use. I wish I had that space back now!

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  • 15 Mar 2017 6:28 AM
    Reply # 4667978 on 4666504

    My shop is exactly that, a 2 car garage. I leave for Korea next month, there I will only have a corner in my barracks room. When I return, I plan on building a shop about the size of a 3 car garage. I'm not great on this picture thing. It usually takes my a few tries. I know I posted it correctly when it is underlined in the post.

  • 02 Apr 2017 12:03 AM
    Reply # 4707059 on 4666504

    As you might be able to see from these two screen grabs of my shop, I've been a "Normite" (power tools only, following the example of Norm Abrams on the New Yankee Workshop). Rob has invited me to the April 10-14 hand tool workshop, and my shop will change focus once I return home from Canada.

    Apparently all you have to do to see my images is click on my name in the "Author" column on the far left of this screen.

    SketchUp has been (and will probably continue to be) my graphic planning tool. What we can do now on a laptop or desktop used to take a dedicated mini-computer. I remember visiting Cal Poly San Luis Obispo back in the early 1970s to see their graphics lab.

    The Digital mini-computer was in a rack about six feet tall and about three feet square on the floor. To rotate a 3D image even 5 degrees would take several minutes (yes, it got faster later). When it actually rotated, folks would stand around with gasps and phrases such as  "oh, my goodness--that's incredible!"

    Now we can rotate, zoom, stretch, and just about anything else virtually instantaneously. Looking forward to the time--probably not far away--when we'll shoot our SketchUp file over to the 3D printer (full color output), and print in any scale we want. That will indeed get an "oh, my goodness--that's incredible!" comment from me.

  • 02 Apr 2017 12:46 AM
    Reply # 4707081 on 4666504

    I tried to use Sketchup, but can't get the hang of it for the life of me. When I have an idea now I rough sketch it in a little book I keep with me. Then later I draw up good plans I can go by, most of the time in scale.

    Y'alls shops are so nice! I hope to have something even close to that someday!

  • 03 Apr 2017 9:36 AM
    Reply # 4709162 on 4666504

    I've tried sketch-up as well. It's really cool if you want to e-mail stuff to a client and stuff like that. However, I draw by hand with a T-square and stuff. I'm 10 times faster and I feel like I am better able to portray what is in my head by drawing by hand. I was a commoner with all power until about 7 years ago. Then I discovered hand tools. Now I am hybrid. I do rough demensioning with machines, and final demensioning and joinery by hand. Unless you have a significant amount of money to invest, you will never get the accuracy and strength in your joinery as you can with hand tools. You are gonna love it. I went to the hand tool class in Canada as well. I thought I was really good, and I was above par in my knowledge and skill of woodworking. I learned so much in that class. Has improved me by at least 75%. Pay attention to the main stuff he teaches, but also take note of how he holds tools, his standards for what sharp is(biggest lesson). And his standards for was is correct, and what is not good enough. Pay attention to the small things. Ask a bunch of questions, he really doesn't mind answering them, and if he cannot find the words, he will show you. You will have a fantastic time there. Get a Lot of maple syrup while you're there. Then send me some.

  • 25 Apr 2017 12:51 PM
    Reply # 4778637 on 4666504

    Joseph, yes--Sketchup can be a challenge getting started, but its ability to scale to 1/64th of an inch (even finer if necessary) helps me to plan for maximum stock use with minimum waste. Making changes and improvements (while keeping all previous versions) lets me sit back and reflect on the best way to accomplish a given task. Please let me know ( when I can help you get rolling. It's well worth the effort.

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