Ever since my hobby changed into selling miniature furniture and working on commissions, I have felt the need for more working space and power tools permanently ready for work. Here is the space I used to have in the corner of my dining room.
An old cupboard originally intended for clothes.......
Revealing it's secret when you open the doors.
It even had a light to brighten up the work surface!!! But I needed something else with a sturdier working surface and place for my smaller power tools that I use almost everyday.
My youngest daughter is moving out later this week starting the adventure of looking after herself and I will use her bedroom as a work room. So on Saturday my husband and I started looking for possible worktables when we stumbled across this old desk cum table. At first I wasn't too sure but when I sat down in the U-shaped cutout the possibilities of how to use it started screaming loud in my mind.
I mean, look at all that surface in front and next to me, loads of place for tools, gluing jigs etc. Looking across the table I thought, wow, how on earth am I going to use the other side, my arms are not long enough to reach anything I put down on that side. And then it dawned on me, the other three sides are not closed in like a normal pedestal desk, there are place for chairs, I like to sit while using the lathe and drill press. Because of it's unusual shape, size and the fact that it has lost it's 3 drawers it was selling for a song, so I bought it right there and then. I it is made of a lovely hardwood, Rhodesian teak I think and I have some of the wood in the garage, so I plan on making some drawers full of partitions for all my small tools that I use regularly. The table is also very sturdy, just perfect for a miniature furniture maker.
Ready to start working, the poor dining table had to move out, it will only be for a week or so until we get the workroom ready for it. I plan on doing final sanding, gluing furniture together, etc in the U cutout, the drill press is on the left with a plastic storage container with all the cutters, etc that I need right on the spot. on the right side is my small table saw with once again a storage container for extra blades, etc.
And the last open spot on the table is for my new Sherline lathe that I will be buying later this week. And the cupboard?......, it will still be used for storage, probably all my sewing stuff, fabric etc that I don't want close to my woodworking area.
Have a great week
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