Setting Up My Workshop (Image heavy)
Posted 17 October 2011 - 11:27 AM
I thought i'd keep a log of what i'm doing and people can offer advice, or general mockery if they so wish.
Today I went to my friends and he showed me the area at the bottom of his garden that I could use to set up a workshop in.
There was a small wooden shed that I could store valuable stuff in and padlock, as well as a larger storeroom made out of breeze blocks.
The storeroom is much larger, but doesn't have a lock on the door. So I decided to store my box full of tinder in there and possibly mount my vice in there as well as its a short walk to if needs be.
Here is an image inside the storeroom, with the vice in rough place and my box full of chopped up pallete to act as tinder for lighting the forge.
There were also several large bits of metal about that have come off of trucks which I can use. Hopefully they will be useable....
Here are a few images of my forge, which I bought from John.
And here are a few images of my anvil. I believe it weighs 100kg.
And a top view
After clearing up some of the random stuff about, I packed my things away in the shed and locked it up.
I also bought myself some safety gear from Screwfix as well. I think getting into good safety habits near the start is a sensible idea.
After getting home I took a few images of my things that still need taking there.
Here is my tree stump, that needs sawing to height.
Once the top is sawn off with my friends chainsaw I will place it on a paving stone to keep it level, then plane it off flat and treat the wood to slow its splitting.
The top piece that is sawn off will become a chopping block for the chopping wood.
The following image shows a load of tables from work that were hacksawed apart and were going to be skipped. I took them away (after getting permission I might add) and aim to make some tool racks out of them. The spare stuff will go on to making a stand that will hold my sink, and act as a quenching recepticle.
More images and info to come, as I progress with things!
Posted 17 October 2011 - 11:47 AM
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Posted 17 October 2011 - 02:56 PM
My next set of jobs is to chainsaw the log to size and level it. Then try and clear the workshop site of clutter and weeds/grass etc.
Then i'm going to start cutting up my steel table bits and try and make a tool rack and a stand to mount my quenching sink on.
This will give me a load of practice with an angle grinder and with welding, which will be good experience. My friend is going to help me, as its his gear and he wants to learn too.
I also need to get a blower for the forge and set that up and I will get a load of cheap clothes from an army surplus shop to forge in, so I won't care if they get wrecked.
Posted 24 October 2011 - 05:43 AM
I also went to a car boot sale and got a load of old tools and metal for £2, with a free bucket. I will post up some pictures of them tonight.
I also have some images of the benching cut up and made ready for welding.
Posted 24 October 2011 - 07:37 AM
Beautiful set-up,that anvil's a treasure,though not sure if it's new,or someone just has different working methods over there as far as the edge-radius.I'd try not to hit it close to those edges,at least not with a sledge.
The firepot is great!Also,kind of surprising-i thought that the bottom-blast was forbidden over there!
All in all,Beautiful,man,congratulations!!!
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Posted 24 October 2011 - 07:44 AM
Still got to get the log chainsawed to size.
The set up is down the bottom of a garden, but it backs onto an RAF base, so shouldn't be a problem with noise. There will be lots of noise from planes etc, so I doubt the locals will moan about the noise from me. Hopefully!
Posted 24 October 2011 - 10:43 AM
Here's a thought,just an idle one:An anvil that nice doesn't,necessarily,require a stump(often,an anvil of less than sufficien weight is strapped to a stump as a part of an effort-absorbing logic).
If you've some angle handy(-er than a chainsaw),an angle stand would serve as well.The mass of this anvil will not require restricting it too much.
I work on an anvil half that weight,and only have it restricted from lateral "walking" by a couple of nails,it suffices even for all the horn-work.
Again,congratulations on such a neat set-up,and Good Forging to Thee!
Ghandi:"I think it would be a very good idea".
Kaspar Hauser Lives!
Posted 24 October 2011 - 10:59 AM
Posted 24 October 2011 - 02:27 PM
I'm guessing its around 100kg. Haven't been able to weight it. It feels roughly about what a 100kg deadlift feels like. Luckily I can lift at least 130kg!
Here are the photo's of my benching that i've cut up.
As you can see i've cut off the cross bars that were left on there when it was originaly cut up and then grinded the paint off to leave a nice clean bit of metal to weld the parts to.
I've got 4 pieces cut to act as end pieces and then roughly cut out 2 central bits. Will leave me with 3 sections to place tools in, that will be just under 2 inches width. Loads of space.
I also got the sides cut for another thing as well. Going to mount the sink I got on top of it to act as a quenching bath.
Below is an image of a load of stuff I got at a car boot sale for £2.
Some great stuff here and I got a bucket for free. Brilliant!
Think i'll just clean up the hammers and g-clamps and then paint them to protect them from rust.
Can anybody help me identify what the other stuff is?
I know one of them is a carpenters axe. Might mount that up and use it as a large slitter.
Posted 24 October 2011 - 02:40 PM
Lets see a pair of nippers, cold chisels, a couple of cabinetmakers crosspeens (you can hold small nails between your fingers and the narrow peen can slip between yout fingers to start the nail---if you are careful.
and of course the Bar, Steel, 1 ea...
Posted 24 October 2011 - 06:57 PM
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Posted 25 October 2011 - 05:35 AM
RAF Benson or Brize Norton? Can't be Abingdon, that's long since been given to the Logistics Corp. (I lived in Oxon for many years. )
Posted 25 October 2011 - 08:35 AM
I will see if I can sink my stump into the ground. Would be great if I could get it in there.
Posted 05 November 2011 - 08:37 AM
Sorry its at an angle!
Theres two slots for toold and then a cetnral bar for putting tongs on.
The wleding is ugly, but I will grind it all nice and flat and then paint over the top of it.
Posted 05 November 2011 - 01:04 PM
Anyway, looks great, such a good feeling to get your own space up and running!
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