I am sorry for that, but my time is not my own. While I wish with all my heart that I could be busy full time building my workshop, setting up my floor machinery, building my workstations and studying blueprints, I can’t. It is downright depressing at times, but life is like that, I guess.
You’d think I know that by now, but the kid in me refuses to grow up. At any rate, while I could not do all that I wanted to, I did manage to finish repairng 150′ of fencing and a few other fiddly little things here on the ranch. And I did make a few critical decisions about the new workshop. Except for one very critical decision which I will have to make in the next few days. Where to put it.
When you first start to build a workshop, you start start with what you will use it for, what floor machinery will have to go where, how much free space you will need to work safely around each fixed piece of machinery, what sort of workbenches and assembly tables you will need and where they have to go. That sort of stuff will give you a good idea of how much floor space you will need. Then jack that number up by at least twenty-five percent to cover storage space for raw lumber, tool racks, clamp racks, dust collectors and so on. Then think about doors and windows…and electricity.
You should probably pause there, and take a hard look at your budget. Unless you are Bill Gates, you probably cannot afford to build a shop as large as your dreams specify. And that’s my problem in a nutshell. I can afford (not really, mind you, since I have no budget to speak of), a workshop that will be 16′ x 24′ outside dimensions.. This will have a shed roof, with the low side giving an inside height of 10′ at the header and the high side a 12′ height inside. The floor will sit on 2′ x 12′ pressure treated pine, which in turn will be held off the ground by contcrete cones resting on two 24″ square concrete pavers (and, since this is hurricane country, lots of hurricane straps all around). I will use 3/4′ plywoood for the floor, and build a mess of torsion box girders out of 2″ x 4″ pine covered by 1/2″ plywood and fastened by construction adhesive and t-nails. Those girders will avoid the need for internal posts down the center of my work space. The roof will be 1/2″ ply, two layers of roofing felt and the whole topped will sheet metal roofing. The exterior walls will be T-111 siding, painted red, of course.
That’s the plan, and I’m sticking to it.
Back in the bad old days, folks wore slippers in the house. They kept a rocker near the bed to sit in while sliding out of those slippers and getting into bed. I built this one for my wife many years ago, and made it wide enough that she could hold our children while nursing them.
It’s built from oak. Those pins you see sticking up from the ends of the arm rests were cut short and then sawn down the middle so a wedge could be driven in to spread the peg inside the arm rest to hold all the bits together. Then they were cut flush.
This is a rocking chair, wider than usual as I stated above, and actually very comfortable to sit in. I had some Ash left over from that Shaker Bench I built, so I used that material for the two rockers. The back slats are straight, and flexible, with a large rib running along the back face to give a bit of added strength to the design.
The seat is black Morrocan leather, with thick cotton batting under, and the whole covers a plywood base.
It is remarkbly comfortable.