Garage/Workshop Topics
Garage-workshop conversion

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Bandsaw Installation & Configuration
Construction of a workbench.
Making a Wood-turning Sandpaper Dispenser.
Log Cutting Sled Jigs for the Bandsaw.
Making a Chainsaw Horse.

Woodturning Topics
Laburnum bowl
Current Wood-Turning Project
Walnut Wood.
Making Belaying Pins
Experimental Drying
Walnut Platter.
Turning Green Cherry.

Workshop Phase 8.
Fitting Out & Project Pages.


Fitting out: General Considerations
Mezzanine Floor Access
Workshop Heating
Installing a Nova DVRxp Lathe

Fitting out: General Considerations.

In a small workshop my philosophy is to ensure tidyness, with the consequent elimination of trip hazards, and also to ensure everything is immediately to hand. So a mantra of A place for everything and everything in its place, is of prime importance to achieve these ends. Portability of machinery is also very important, in a small area, to ensure maximum utilisation of available space. This end is achieved by my bandsaw, small lathe and free standing tool sharpening grinder being mounted on castors so that they can be re-positioned according to task.

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Mezzanine Floor Access.

The mezzanine floor (above the workshop ceiling), can only be accessed from the confines of the vestibule (entrance area) of the garage. The solution for this is to use an extendable ladder (NOT a step-ladder, which is too cumbersome in such a confined space). The ideal product is a telescopic ladder such as the Telesteps pictured below.

Photograph of Telesteps in compacted mode.

Photograph of Telesteps in compacted mode.
These aluminium alloy telescopic steps are a brilliant invention, especially for a situation such as this where access is restricted. In compacted mode, the steps are no more than 77mm (2' 6¼") in height. They extend, by intervals, to a maximum height of 3,200mm (3.20 metres, 10' 6"). See following photo (below) to see them in use for accessing the mezzanine floor in this garage project.

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Photograph of Telesteps in extended mode.

Photograph of Telesteps in extended mode
The Telesteps are shown in the vestibule of the garage, in partially extended mode, providing access to the mezzanine floor above the workshop. They are ideal for this purpose.

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Workshop Heating.

Because the workshop has thermally insulated walls, insulation above the ceiling and double glazed windows and door, it can easily be kept warm even on the coldest winter morning, using a modest heater.

After carrying out some research, I opted for a small 2.5Kw electrically powered thermostatically controlled oil filled radiator which has proved more than adequate for keeping the workshop warm, and which is safe as well as compact. Mounted on castors, it can easily be moved around the workshop as required.

The specification is:

  • 13 Fins
  • 6 heat settings and 3 power settings up to 2.5Kw
  • Adjustable thermostat
  • Built-in timer, ensuring you only get heat when you want and need it
  • Mounted on castors
  • Dimensions (LWH): 580mm x 250mm x 630mm
  • Weight: 15.3kg
Photograph of oil filled radiator.

Photograph of oil filled electric radiator.
This Clarke radiator is more than adequate for keeping the workshop warm on even the coldest of winter days!.

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Photograph of radiator as used in the Workshop.

Radiator as used in the Workshop.
The radiator is compact and easily moved on it's castors to fit in with various workshop operations.

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Installing a Nova DVRxp Lathe.

The first task was to install my Nova DVRxp lathe on it's cast iron stand. This is my largest piece of machinery and the obvious place to site it was next to the window at the far end of the workshop. It is not a realistic option to mount such a heavy piece of machinery on castors and it was bedded and levelled on wooden laths on the concrete floor of the workshop.

Assembling a Nova DVRxp lathe. Assembling my Nova DVRxp lathe. 23rd October 2015.

The cast iron bed of the lathe is supported on a folding workbench whilst one of the cast iron legs is bolted on.

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The Nova DVRxp lathe installed and in use. The Nova DVRxp lathe installed and in use. 4th April 2016.

The lathe assembled and in use.

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