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Home workshops(the Shed)
« on: 29 January 2021, 10:05:04 am »
I thought some history of our workshops would make pleasant reading in these times.
My first Lathe"Seneca Falls" was a treadle lathe converted by my father to belt drive from an adjacent room, then came a Dean Smith and Gracie(much too big for the house, its motor on starting used to dim the street lights), also at that time a Chezc Milling machine and a Small shaper, the house used to sing to mechanical noise...the wifes vocabulary was different.
Then I moved to France and sold off and started again, now down to one Lathe a "Little John" and a competent little lathe with screw cutting etc.
Also a variety of welding and brazing kit.
I also attend a local college for a metal bashing class on Fridays(covid stopped that) for skill updates and fun. Building a 1:75 model Anchor Handling Tug in 1mm sheet, now the class in the "Anniesland Shipbuilders" think Clydeside.
Well that gives us a start in what's in door shed

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Re: Home workshops(the Shed)
« Reply #1 on: 29 January 2021, 06:02:16 pm »
I like the sound of a local college with a metal bashing class! Anyone else got one?


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Re: Home workshops(the Shed)
« Reply #2 on: 30 January 2021, 11:34:25 am »
After 40 years of working in the street, a lockup and a leaky barn I have built myself a spacious workshop with good lighting, loads of power points, a 16amp circuit. It can hold 3 full size cars with room to work and I have 8 x 4 welding table, currently home to my Maserati CK project ( Gates and railings pay for my hobbies ) I have a post war SouthBend lathe and a Thiele mill which has a small bed but is very versatile and tilts in both planes I have sold off all my other cars except my Austin Devon Pickup which was a scratch build with lightweight GRP cab, aluminium bed and a very heavily tuned Pontiac V8. Its a lively beast running an easy 11 at 110mph at Santa Pod. Ive had a few carb issues but sorted now and waiting to see if I can race this year, fingers crossed for 10s. The trouble with a big garage/workshop is that its too easy for it to fill up with patio furniture, exercise stuff, firewood etc...a spring clean is on the cards.