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grayone

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The Workshop
« on: July 07, 2011, 02:23:41 pm »


There was once a shed that was just too small to ever grow into a workshop.  So one day SHMBO said to me how about you have a proper one build for yourself for when you retire %%.  After getting the hearing checked just to make sure I was not hearing things in my old age planning permission was sought, obtained and the builder engaged :}.  Just three weeks inot the build and it's looking real good :-)).  I am still trying to work out what this is going to cost me :D


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grayone

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Re: The Workshop
« Reply #1 on: July 10, 2011, 04:04:34 pm »

Window and door late next week, sparky to finish by week Monday then the bench bulding starts :-))


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Re: The Workshop
« Reply #2 on: July 10, 2011, 10:20:31 pm »

A suggestion for your retirement home  ok2

I recently re fitted my workshop and have three different heights of worktops.

Works well, models always at the right height for what I'm doing.
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Re: The Workshop
« Reply #3 on: July 11, 2011, 12:16:03 pm »

Longshanks, that's a simple and extremely good idea.

Most kitchen worktops are set at a height useful for the average woman - I always find them just too low (and I'm only six feet) and I tend to get a stiff back after an hour or so in the kitchen.

The best surface I've ever worked on was a raised "layout & cutting mat" table (double-A0-sized!) in a graphics department. It was about 110cm from the floor, was something you could walk around, and ideal (for me) for standing at.

If space precludes "several" different height worksurfaces, I would suggest thinking about a single, adjustable one while the workshop build is going on.

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Re: The Workshop
« Reply #4 on: July 11, 2011, 02:03:09 pm »

I have two levels along my workbench, one at a height for sitting at, the other made up of an old kitchen unit and worktop which is handy for standing or if you want to raise the model a bit. Having the alternatives is really useful.

I also put white faced hardboard on my main worktop for 'sacrificial' purposes. When it gets too rough from knocks, cuts and spills I simply replace it.

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Re: The Workshop
« Reply #5 on: July 11, 2011, 04:15:30 pm »

You've got to get an ironing board.

These are ideal when you want to work or spray on all sides of the boat.

Variable height.

Can be folded up when not in use.

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Re: The Workshop
« Reply #6 on: July 11, 2011, 04:25:27 pm »

Like it!!!!!!!  :-)) :-)) :-)) :-)) :-))

Filed that one away in the old grey matter 8)
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grayone

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Re: The Workshop
« Reply #7 on: July 11, 2011, 05:39:57 pm »

A suggestion for your retirement home  OK

I recently re fitted my workshop and have three different heights of worktops.

Works well, models always at the right height for what I'm doing.

OK bench number one will have a small lathe and milling machine.  What do you reckon for best centre hight for the lathe and then I can work out the bench top to possibly suit.  Mind I am only 5' 8" in old money so this should be kept in mind.

Cheers Grayone
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Re: The Workshop
« Reply #8 on: July 11, 2011, 10:46:39 pm »

I work for a company making sheds and we make a shed 20ft by 10 ft surly that would be big enough  ;) i do like the idea of a brick workshop though i always like a high bench to work on that way i can stand up and work i do like the ironing board idea

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Re: The Workshop
« Reply #9 on: July 11, 2011, 11:26:11 pm »

We are moving back to our farm, either late this year or early next year. Currently my workshop is 10' x 10', but the one at the farm is 40' x 20' x 10' high. I think it should be big enough O0 {-)

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brianB6

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Re: The Workshop
« Reply #10 on: July 12, 2011, 12:16:07 am »

Ah Yes, Aussie sheds.
The only? reason we moved into our present place is because it has a 70' x 20' shed. SWMBO took one look at it and declared it was ideal for her studio.   In the end we did divide it up; 20' for the car / son in laws workshop and 10' for me.  {:-{ The rest hers.  %%
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Re: The Workshop
« Reply #11 on: July 12, 2011, 06:20:09 am »

You've got to get an ironing board.

These are ideal when you want to work or spray on all sides of the boat.

Variable height.

Can be folded up when not in use.



Make sure the wife doesn't see it!
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Re: The Workshop
« Reply #12 on: July 12, 2011, 08:04:18 am »

We are moving back to our farm, either late this year or early next year. Currently my workshop is 10' x 10', but the one at the farm is 40' x 20' x 10' high. I think it should be big enough O0 {-)

Peter.

40' x 20' that's bigger than my house :o  The new workshop is a very modest 2.2m x 4.3m and we will restrict ourselves to models round the 1m mark.
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Re: The Workshop
« Reply #13 on: July 12, 2011, 08:21:38 am »

i know its an extravagence but there are companies out there ( www.gigant.co.uk) who do benches that raise and lower , can be done manually or electrically,

these are supplied at set sizes or built to order-

we bought some for work and had them supplied at custom sizes for modelmaking , they are fantastic,

again i have no connection with the firm other than being a very satisified customer....
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Re: The Workshop
« Reply #14 on: July 12, 2011, 09:56:59 am »

I bought a craft table from Hobbycraft. It's 100cm by 60cm, which isn't great, but is height adjustable, comes with a small stool and fits nicely in the sun lounge that I've taken over as my workshop. When working on the hull, the superstructure lives on the sofa and vice versa. I built my first two boats using a low coffee table but had to restrict my work to an hour or two at a time as my lower back was not happy about it.

I would love a workshop like the one in the pics. I am so envious!  :-))
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« Reply #15 on: July 12, 2011, 12:19:54 pm »

Im relegated to the workbench Dining Table  :D
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Re: The Workshop
« Reply #16 on: August 12, 2011, 09:27:47 pm »


Well it's finished and more or less fitted out  :}





First project a toy for grandson - boat will start shortly  :-)


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« Reply #17 on: August 13, 2011, 12:12:55 am »

ooh things you can when you got money. lovely jubbyly!! :-))
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grayone

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« Reply #18 on: August 13, 2011, 06:46:17 pm »

The rewards from a long working life overseas  O0 the time comes when you just have to spend some of it otherwise the kids will nick it when I'm gone.  My brother says if you leave anything to your kids it's just bad planning  {-)
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« Reply #19 on: August 13, 2011, 10:23:50 pm »

   S.O.K.A.I   Spending Our Kids Anticipated Inheritance.  :-))

   Nice worksop.   :-)
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Re: The Workshop
« Reply #20 on: August 13, 2011, 10:50:19 pm »

another useful tip from the forums. thanks to dicky d. an ironing board for an adjustable stand. cheap and simple. brilliant. i'm off to buy one. thats definately a double thumbs up. :-)) :-))
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Re: The Workshop
« Reply #21 on: August 13, 2011, 10:55:33 pm »

another useful tip from the forums. thanks to dicky d. an ironing board for an adjustable stand. cheap and simple. brilliant. i'm off to buy one. thats definately a double thumbs up. :-)) :-))

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« Reply #22 on: August 14, 2011, 12:22:36 am »

 O0 ...that is a beaut workshop  grayone  :-)) ....plenty of natural light...do you have shares in the PROXON company?  {-) {-) {-) ...ok...ok....just jealous  >:-o..........Derek
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grayone

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Re: The Workshop
« Reply #23 on: August 14, 2011, 05:54:03 pm »

O0 ...that is a beaut workshop  grayone  :-)) ....plenty of natural light...do you have shares in the PROXON company?  {-) {-) {-) ...ok...ok....just jealous  >:-o..........Derek

I must admit I just love the Proxxon stuff and there is much more than you can see in the pictures  :embarrassed: as I have a full set of the miniture power tools as well :D
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