Saturday, August 13, 2016

Shop Tour - VIDEO

A couple years back, when I built my bench in Christopher Schwarz's class, he actually helped load the bench into the SUV, and he helped unload it, too. He was intrigued by my tiny shop and posted a video about it on his blog. You can check out that post here.

My shop has changed a little since then, so enjoy.
While you're here, check out the tools on my For Sale tab as I am trying to thin the herd.

16 comments:

  1. That is tight quarters. You may have to go full on Japanese style after the big move.
    https://youtu.be/Ecbg20KFtd4
    Good luck with the move. Hope everything goes smooth.

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    1. Hi Greg! The video is good. I can totally see making a couple of projects on the floor to get started. I had planned on my first project being a sawbench or something, but maybe I should build something pretty just to show it can be done with limited tools and no dedicated space just to show it can be easily done.


      Thanks!

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    2. I love those videos. My Japanese is limited to about 10 words, but apparently these are contests put on by the construction unions. Makes me wonder about the training they get before they reach the contest. Looks like it would be something. Schwarz Roman bench may be a viable option as well.

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    3. I've been thinking about the Schwarz Roman bench, or as I like to call it, a fashionable high-rise apartment accessory.

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  2. Now I feel a little silly saying that I have a small shop!

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    1. I think the trick to a small shop is a good bench and a big tool chest. As long as there aren't machines sucking up real estate, you can make pretty much anything.

      I've only made one tall cabinet here, and jointing the two meter long boards was fun. I had to open the door and start my planing stroke outside of the shop!

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    2. Ya I saw that!

      I find that the further along in a project, the more space it takes up. That's where I run into trouble.

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    3. Good point. It's really bad if you are in the middle of a project, and you have to put it aside to start something else that you have been told is more important.

      Ouch!

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  3. Wish you a nice and smooth move.
    I suppose that will be quite a change.
    I live in Portugal the neighbour country on the left. if you need something woodworking related or not just tell!

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    1. Thanks for the kind words, Antonio!

      There is something I need to know: How does one type an accent such as the 'o' in your name? I have installed a Spanish keyboard on my iPad, but the only "Spanish" letter I see is 帽.

      馃榾

      Seriously, about all I know of woodworking on the Iberian peninsula is the Spanish word for 'wood.' I'll certainly be looking for some local woodworking contacts.

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    2. LOL :( (just kidding)
      Well that's because Ant贸nio is 'portugu锚s' Portuguese... :) and in Spain they speak mostly Castellano =~Spanish:) we have a diferent alphabet.
      As you soon will discover (Alicante belong to Comunitat Valenciana) there they talk Valenciano e Castellano-Spanish
      Spain and Portugal are 2 different countries and nations with different languages (yes we have a past together - we were invaded by the Spanish king from 1580 to 1640)
      Today Portugal have 2 official languages and Spain have 4 official plus some dialects.
      Woodworking stuff: sometime I buy on http://www.comercialpazos.com/ (They're in Madrid but deliver in 24to48h in the peninsula or the germans in http://www.fine-tools.com/. Avoid buying outside the Eurozone (taxes and customs) and from the UK pay very attention to delivery costs and exchange rate £ to €uro. Something else there's my e-mail ant11samagaio@gmail.com

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    3. Thanks for the email address, I'm sure we'll chat more in the future. I have lots of questions...

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  4. Hi Brian,
    nice shop tour. Looks somehow similar to mine (spacewise).
    Interesting that you have found enough space to do a tracking shot ;-)).

    All the best,
    Stefan

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    1. Well, if holding my little camera and walking along while staring at the screen counts, then I'm good!

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  5. Interesting. Small? Nah, just spacial challenges... :-)
    So i take it you are keeping this place while moving to Spain for a few years?

    Bob and Rudy

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    1. Hi Bob!

      I love my little shop, and I have learned to be thankful that I have enough space to do what I want down there. Really the only time it's really inconvenient is when it hasn't been tidied up.

      Yes, we'll come back here in a few years, and I'll be able to go to work in my shop again.

      Cheers!

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