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Old 13th Feb 2019, 9:57 pm   #1
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Default My new workshop

I hope this is the right bit of the forum for this post!

I just wanted to share some pics of my new workshop. It's been built into what was the boiler room (now we have a lovely wall hung boiler in the bathroom). I had to start by removing a huge amount of old metal ducting from the original coal-fired hot air system. It was all pretty dirty as well, though the original system was scrapped years ago.

A piece of worktop and some drawers removed from the kitchen (OH was happy to have new!) and some shelving and it was done. The footprint is tiny, only 135cm by 117cm, but it does everything I want. I now have a workspace which is warm, dry and convenient to get to. Woodwork and cabinet finishing still has to go out to the shed, though.
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Old 13th Feb 2019, 10:21 pm   #2
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I like it very much!!

I use to situate the plugs under the table, very near to the edge of the table.

Thanks for sharing it!
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Old 13th Feb 2019, 10:22 pm   #3
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Very nice workspace indeed. I'd kill for something like that. At the moment mine is situated in the corner of the living room with all the associated noise and expectation to keep it tidy
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Old 13th Feb 2019, 10:32 pm   #4
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Excellent KM Small but perfectly formed and functional. It has the advantage of forcing you to be tidy [I think you might be already] or else you won't get in Seriously, it's amazing what can be done with the most unlikely space! Given it's origin it would be unfortunate if you weren't warm in there. Do you have an electric heater?

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Old 13th Feb 2019, 10:43 pm   #5
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Now with the best will in the world, I just can't see me hanging tools up neatly like that! I'm genetically incapable of tidiness- I simply can't do it! My workbench is ankle deep in clutter and I have to have at least 84 projects on the go simultaneously!
I've currently got rather temporary facilities set up in the garage, but it's not very enticing to go out there of an evening at the moment!

Will you be able to keep it that tidy?

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Old 13th Feb 2019, 10:49 pm   #6
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I like it!
Small can be cosey and easy to heat.
Mine is in the shed, one half is gardening / lawnmower / garden furniture etc
and the other half is all mine!

Consider adding some warm-board insulation to the walls and roof, it's amazing how much better it will feel.
And to keep the equipment from freezing on winter nights install a greenhouse heater bar with thermostatic wall socket, available cheap as chips on eBAY.
I set mine to 10 degrees and it keeps the shed from freezing, important for sensitive equipment.
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Old 13th Feb 2019, 11:05 pm   #7
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I find it doesn't need any heating. I left a couple of the old warm air vents in place and the warm air from the sitting room percolates through nicely!

And yes, sadly, I really am that tidy - I just cannot work in a muddle. Drives the OH distracted.
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Old 13th Feb 2019, 11:19 pm   #8
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Nice space and very tidy! Just sharing something; I used to have lots of different alligator leads, sig gen leads, meter leads etc etc in various carrier bags until it got silly and I then bought one of those Pomona lead racks. I guess you could make one with some doweling.

https://www.pomonaelectronics.com/pr...t-lead-holders

Made a big world of difference to the general tidiness, accessibility and untangleability.

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Old 14th Feb 2019, 12:45 am   #9
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Handy RF earth just to the left of the bench
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Old 14th Feb 2019, 1:01 am   #10
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Very nice! I also have trouble with keeping the workshop tidy, my tools live in a large mug on top of the variac, whilst larger tools live in a drawer under the bench. I like your signal generator! I have one similar labelled Windsor, I also had a scope that looked like yours until a year or so ago, I finally passed it on to someone who could make better use of it.

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Old 14th Feb 2019, 8:45 am   #11
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Nice tidy workshop!
Please not that the AVO meter should be used in flat (lying) position, not vertical or at an angle.

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Old 14th Feb 2019, 9:32 am   #12
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Like the polished out panels on the Taylor valve tester
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Old 14th Feb 2019, 12:12 pm   #13
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Brilliant! making use of what space you have. I am lucky basically a 10ft cube for a workshop. What is to the left of the draw unit? looks empty? This is what I have, a pull out wall, ok its two sheets of plywood with Magnetic Holders. This gives me four sides of 20"w x 32" h. Most of what I use every day is on the last picture, when sat at the bench it is within reaching distance. BTW the more you have the harder it is to keep tidy.


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Old 15th Feb 2019, 4:34 pm   #14
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Those pull out slider panels are absolutely brilliant - many thanks to John for the idea!!
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Old Yesterday, 8:14 pm   #15
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In the next years i want to build a lab on low budget and advice from this forum.
For me it is not tools but toys What you HAVE to look for?What gear you should absorb when you have no idea?
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