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Help sorting setup for new workshop

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Debbie K
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« on: May 31, 2015, 08:10:02 am »


I'm still struggling with the perfect set-up myself, but I recently acquired a jeweler's bench at which I can do all soldering, sawing and stone setting, etc. It is in another room. Something to think about: Is the shed going to be very secure? I wouldn't want to leave my silver or my jewelry tools (prone to rust) in an outside shed. If people know that you are making jewelry, they often think nothing of mentioning to others, etc., and pretty soon totally strangers know that some lady down the road makes jewelry... and jewelry is always worth stealing. 

I have a separate carving area as the process slings mud everywhere that is in the alcove of my studio. I have an elevated bookcase on top of an old formica desk to carve upon. I've strung up a clear shower curtain in front of the bookcase to keep things clean. The case holds the carving paraphernalia and books. My rocks are off to my right; behind me to the right my rock grinder, to the left a workbench (holds my caster when I cast and heavier tools like anvils, etc., and on the wall behind me a taller workbench with kilns, faceting machine, pickle pot, large torch and annealing pan and trim saw. Above the workbench for the entire length of the wall are cabinets that someone in the neighborhood threw out that store all kinds of supplies. I'm always on the lookout for solid wood or plywood cabinets. As luck would have it, they fit exactly. We had to modify one (shortened) to install a vent for the kiln. I do wax burnout and enamel, and the fumes from either aren't good for you.

I do not polish metal with the buffer in my work area; I take it outside and do it in the open. I hate the black filth that comes off the wheels; and ditto to the dry grinder or sander. I work in a tiled, sheetrocked area, and I try to keep it clean.

Before we built the benches, I measured the room and every piece of furniture and equipment I was planning on placing there and used graph paper with little cut-outs to arrange things in a way I thought would make sense. I have no windows, so you have a consideration that I didn't. You don't need to please anybody but yourself. I would, however, recommend putting your rock grinder in a position that you are able to see the door; at least in your peripheral vision. When I am grinding I'm totally deaf and it's not a good thing to have your back to a door and have someone walk up behind you while working.

My husband gave me half of our one car garage (the other half is a utility room) to get me off of the dining room table. For the most part, it's worked. I suspect your husband is dreaming of a reality without sandpaper, steel wool or wire brushes littering his kitchen and dining room, a world without rocks in the freezer. For some reason, the rocks in the freezer really annoy him, but unless he buys me a little freezer just for rocks, it'll keep happening.

Good luck, and I hope your new work area makes you more productive!

Debbie K
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