Summer shop Part 2

A few posts back I mentioned that I was going to set up a workspace at home. Well, it’s done now and man oh man was that ever more work than I thought it was going to be!

I gotta tell you, this ain’t no “easy-up! It took me four days to get the thing put together, two of them with a second guy helping. The hardest part was driving the two foot steel augers into the ground to anchor the “tent” to and keep it from blowing over the fence into the next yard. But putting the steel tube frame together was no picnic.

All of the pieces had one swaged end that was supposed to slip into the end of the next piece of tubing. But the swaged ends were “fat” and the mating ends burred so that it was a real PITA to get them together. I also had to abandon my pallet floor idea in favor of 1-1/8″ T&G plywood over pressure treated 2×4 sleepers with a vapor barrier between. But now that it’s all set up and my lathe is sitting right there in my back yard, I’m really enjoying it.

For the last 20 years, I have done nothing but cabinet jobs. And not a day has gone by when I have not thought about doing some fun work. So, now that I have this “turning studio” right outside my back door, I’m finding that I can entertain those sudden inspirations that pop into your head at the oddest times. And right now the weather is so nice in my neck of the woods and with the ends of the “tent” open, it’s like working outside.

Very different from my “tilt up concrete box” shop with no windows!



  • Bob Emery says:

    David, Sure would be nice to see a picture or two of your [envious] setup – thanks, in advance.

  • Dave Sochar says:

    I have used my lathe as an escape from the professional demands of commercial woodwork for many years. I can spin a bowl blank and have no deadline, no dimensions or clock to closely watch, no preconceived notion of form, or requirements from anyone else.

    Let the chips fly and enjoy the trip, and the end result will show.

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