Hey all’y’all! We have made plans to get the woodshop at TAU up and running. Please have a look at them, and give us your input, so all opinions and suggestions are weighed in when we finalize the plans. So far, these are only our suggestions. Think about what would give you the best work flow and the nicest experience in the woodshop, and let us know. Also, if anybody happens to have woodworking skills and/or interest and want to participate in setting up the shop, please let us know!
• The separation wall between the entrance and the woodshop is torn down, which would give us an 8 meter (and a total of 25 sqm) long woodshop, surely big enuff to work long pieces, or to fit several projects simultaneously.
• One of the two inner doors is blocked off since it is no longer needed.
• Along the outer wall we suggest we build a long wooden workbench. It would have a trench for a chop saw and storage for tools and machines underneath (which would make them invisible from outside). The section that crosses the entrance is easily removed when needed, and the section to the far left is designated for hand tool work, so we’d make that section complete with a wooden vice and ‘dogs’ for holding the pieces.
• Mirror film (or similar) is mounted on the windows to retain the view whilst not automatically exposing all the expensive equipment to the outside world.
• To make the woodshop as versatile as possible, we suggest that all stationary machines are mounted onto individual carts on caster wheels. Thus they can be stored along the inner wall when not in use but easily be rolled out when needed. We want to invest in rollers with adjustable height to use as a poor man’s outfeed table to various machines.
• We also want to turn the area opposite the woodshop, by the door to the kitchen, into a storage place, where we can have individual carts on caster wheels for storing our personal materials while we’re not here. By building a shelfing system for longer materials above the carts we’d make good use of the space. This should be a communal area, and not only for the woodshop users.
• We suggest we invest in a combined jointer/thickness planer to complete the shop’s machine setup.
• Look into the possibility of finding an affordable stationery dust extraction system.
• We thought we’d start by brainstorming together before going into budgeting this thing, so such worldly issues will be dealt with once we know what we want to do, but let’s keep our suggestions somewhat realistic.
Anna & Jomi