It was made official that my mum has now sold her house. It’s not bad going, considering it’d barely been on the market for two months but I’m now facing an ultimatum that I’ve been trying to avoid, even though it’s presence has been looming for a while… I need to start clearing out my workshop and I’m no longer talking about simply decluttering the unnecessary and the under-used…
I’ve just sat down to write this, having spent an hour out in the workshop this evening – after work and in temperatures that are barely anywhere above freezing!
You see, I was watching another YouTube video from the Ultimate Handyman last week where he shows you how to fit simple, cheap louvre vents to an up-and-over garage door. My workshop’s always been in need of further ventilation since I draft-proofed the door and there is an ominous smell of ‘damp’ each time I’m out there. I don’t currently own a diamond core bit to drill the walls and I liked that you can fit these higher up the door which, in my mind, means you’re less likely to get frozen toes… I could be wrong!
Either way, it might help to pass some fresh air up in to the roof space for the time being and I decided to just get this done and to have a go and hopefully get back out there to do some proper woodwork very soon.
Earlier this week, I did say that I was going to buy a sheet of 18mm MDF today for the floor-standing router table I was going to begin building this weekend…
Well, I haven’t been able to get as much done on the design-front and, until I’m more certain of the finished dimensions of some of the components, I’m a little cautious of ordering a sheet and having it cut to size – to fit in the back of my van and also, to make life a bit easier handling it at the workshop.
Still, I’d like to share where my design is in its current state, after a brief moment of play in Google SketchUp last night.
Last weekend, in only an hour or so, I built myself a dead-simple softwood stand for my newly-acquired Axminster CT150 6in Planer/Jointer. There’s not much to its construction or design but, it serves its purpose well. It’s made from scraps of 44mm square softwood that I happened to have although, as there was some variation in the thickness between lengths, my first step was to run two adjacent sides of each through my thicknesser.
There’s been a least one ‘white goods’ item (in this case, a chest freezer) in my workshop since the very day I started woodworking. Occasionally, I would use it as a part-time assembly and storage table (dumping ground), until the day I made a right mess of the top; covering it with a wide mixture of teak and linseed oil, among others! After that, I decided I would try to ‘protect’ it with a chipboard top (too little, too late). This freezer hasn’t been active for the best part of two-years now but, I know that the insane weight of my cast iron, benchtop mortiser can’t be doing it any good. I also know that, one day, it may be called in to service, which is why I spent the previous weekend working on a solution that would be better for everyone.
Here’s a photo of what it used to be like, taken almost six-months ago:
My poor, lonely workshop. I haven’t been able to make much use of it recently, even with the three-day Bank Holiday weekend that’s just passed. Still, in an effort to clear some more excess wood from inside, I have been making some progress on a tongue and groove gate I promised I’d make and fit for my mother, erm, over a year ago… 😳
Don’t worry – I haven’t come over all “Nu Yoik“!! Tuesday afternoon saw the arrival of a bundle of pressure-treated, stress-graded softwood from my local BuildBase. All these long lengths were conveniently unloaded directly off the lorry with one of those grab-things on the back – a real godsend in saving both time and energy! This wood was purchased to allow me to fit a suspended, overhead, storage floor in my compact workshop – something for which I actually began planning for three-years ago! Most of the narrower stuff will be used to frame the inside of the roof, ready for insulation boards. It was cheaper for me to buy (and store!) this lot at the same time, as BuildBase offer free delivery on all orders of £200 or more (excluding VAT). Not pictured are the seven sheets of 2400 x 600 x 18mm MR chipboard flooring, which will be laid directly on top of the joists.
After placing the order seven-days in advanced, I was surprised to receive a phone call with only a few minutes, confirming my order and offering next-day delivery!! Are all builder’s merchants this efficient?! If not for other arrangements I’d already made, I’d have happily taken all this wood on board to make an early start on this project.