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Mike motts new workshop
« on: July 15, 2019, 04:05:04 PM »
After moving into the city from the Acreage the key factor for the new home was that it had to have a place for me to do modelwork that was not in a basement or an unheated garage. we found a place that had an attached garage that had been converted to an office with air conditioning.



Setting it up was difficult because I had to change my habit of having triple the space in an open area.
 


I determined that the space between the windows (facing North) was the perfect place for the desk a simple new desk



It quickly filled up with stuff



I was working on repairing a 6 foot long model that had been knocked over, which crowded the space along with my 8 foot overall model of a Bristol Pilot Cutter.



My earlier steam loco adventures are currently in Drawers awaiting their turn back on the bench.



I am keeping large material out in the Garage but all the small metal is in 16 inch lengths and stored in the old library file cabinet.



So it is easy to deal with cutting the metal in the corner.

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All the woodworking (brown Stuff as some refer to it) tools are in the garage where I can control the dust.

Mike



 





 
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Re: Mike motts new workshop
« Reply #1 on: July 15, 2019, 04:46:17 PM »
Wow! That is a great setup Mike and nice layout. I just love all the organizing too clean to work.....
Love it Mike I am sure you will enjoy it.....  :Love:



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Re: Mike motts new workshop
« Reply #2 on: July 15, 2019, 05:08:10 PM »
That looks wonderful Mike. So well organized too. Should be making chips soon  :)

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« Reply #3 on: July 15, 2019, 05:14:57 PM »
That is a very nice space you have created Mike!
I'm sure that you will enjoy working in your new shop.

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« Reply #4 on: July 15, 2019, 05:24:34 PM »
That's a pretty good space  :ThumbsUp:  :ThumbsUp: Enjoy  :wine1:
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« Reply #5 on: July 15, 2019, 05:48:55 PM »
Don, Bill, Dave,
Thanks I have managed to clutter it up a bit already



and the corner for soldering is getting some fair use now.



It also doubles up as the old fashioned drawing space which I still enjoy even though Cad is more accurate.





The pencil cabinet was given to me for helping a friend move the stuff out of the Family home after his parents had passed. His dad was Draughtsman.

The old library card catalogue cabinet is fantastic for anything that is 16 inches or less and the drawers just pull right out and can be set down on the table.



I took the drawers out of the old pine Pharmacy cabinet in the background of this picture they were used to hold bottles etc. and turned them onto their side in a new frame to make them more usable



and they now can hold a lot more stuff



which freed up the other cabinet to hold books and magazines.






The little table is a nice spot to sit and fiddle with sorting out design stuff and the cad is also right there as well



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« Reply #6 on: July 15, 2019, 05:51:03 PM »
Thanks Roger, I really am enjoying it, but I have to clean up much more often, you know how it goes, you get so involved in what you are doing and then you can't find something you just put down....

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« Reply #7 on: July 15, 2019, 09:03:50 PM »
Thanks Roger, I really am enjoying it, but I have to clean up much more often, you know how it goes, you get so involved in what you are doing and then you can't find something you just put down....

Boy, I can relate to that!  That's the only way my shop gets clean - I can't find the thing I JUST had in my hand - so I start cleaning up till I find it.   :Lol:

Beautiful shop, Mike!

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« Reply #8 on: July 16, 2019, 08:51:59 AM »
WOW....what a workshop!!!   :cartwheel: :cartwheel: :cheers:

You've just made mine decidedly more pokey  :'( :'(
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« Reply #9 on: July 16, 2019, 02:38:36 PM »
Mike,

When I saw the first picture of the empty room I thought "I've seen that room before".  As I looked at more, I realized that I saw them over on "Model Ship World" this winter while reading about your Bristol Pilot Cutter. What a great shop! And a great model!  :ThumbsUp:

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« Reply #10 on: July 16, 2019, 03:21:19 PM »
Hi Jim, that is interesting that you recognized the shop. Yes I have this split personality that gets lost in the world of model ships which I came to quite late in life 2013 the pilot cutter is nice because it gives me an opportunity to work on all sorts of different mini projects within the bigger one with lots of materials metal, wood , leather etc.



But my first love is the model engineering, and it is hard having the wood and the metal stuff in the same room, moving back to the city from the Acreage at the lake has created some shrinking of model workspace but at least I have a dedicated space that I can work in all year round now without having to chop wood. Mi Big sailboat is sitting sadly waiting for some TLC to rebuild the cockpit before I can take it out again.

Interesting while reading about Bill's renovation the comments about having a bench in the middle of the shop so that you can get around without having to turn it around all the time, it is nice but it definitely means you have to be careful not the smash your thigh into the corners while negotiating the low bench. I keep thinking that I need to rearrange things. It is good to organize on paper but the practical placements eventually come with the way we find comfortable to work.

Mike   



Today we have been invited out to the lake to go for a sail in one of the other club members boat. so that will be a nice outing.

 
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« Reply #11 on: July 16, 2019, 07:14:05 PM »
Those are some beautiful boat models.  I like model engineering in general not just model engines so I hope we get to see more of them.

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« Reply #12 on: July 16, 2019, 10:54:29 PM »
The wooden cabinets/tool chests are stunning

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« Reply #13 on: July 17, 2019, 12:47:12 AM »
Watch out Mike or they'll be wanting you to paint them white  :lolb:

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« Reply #14 on: July 17, 2019, 02:57:04 AM »
Bill the Pine pharmacy Cabinet was actually painted hospital green which was about 5 shades lighter than the sage that you did the bathroom in. It took a long time tostrip it all. The library cabinet is solid teak, it will never see paint as long as I am alive.

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« Reply #15 on: July 17, 2019, 05:27:42 AM »
I dunno, Bill, I think you're a little confused - there's a big difference between press board walls and teak furniture!  :Jester:
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« Reply #16 on: July 17, 2019, 12:59:38 PM »
Yeah, yeah...but it matches the Oak of the cabinets and the brown tones of the countertops  :LittleDevil:

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« Reply #17 on: July 23, 2019, 03:57:58 PM »
The nice thing about having most of the big cabinets on wheels is that changes are not too difficult. After two years now of getting used to the new space it was time to set things up a little differently. I had noticed that i missed working on my high workbench that used to be set behind me when i was working on the lath and mill. and I needed to get it out of just being used as a big shelf.

The big pilot cutter model was really taking up a lot of room while i am not working on it so yesterday was moving around the cabinet shop day.

First the model was moved out of the middle to the NW corner.



Next the long low bench that was purpose built for working on the ocean liner repair was then taken apart.



Next was to get the high workbench out from being sandwiched in between the pine cabinet and the storage drawers.



The pine cabinet was wheeled up to the storage cabinets and the top was going to be better utilized for the other boat models and bits and pieces.



Using the top of the bench that was just taken apart to add to the storage capacity on top helped. and the surface plate was put back on the high workbench where it is more useful.





Which then opened up the east wall to be better used for the storage of the small parts and also to expand the cramped area used for all the soldering.





Still a few more things to move to the garage where the dusty wood machines are but the space is now better for working on the different types of models and feels a bit more spacious I also like my new little IKEA trolly for the things like drawings and verniers etc when working at the mill.



now I can get back to working on the frames for the little loco

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« Reply #18 on: July 23, 2019, 04:06:01 PM »
Coming together really well Mike. Sounds like you are suiting it to your needs very well.

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« Reply #19 on: July 23, 2019, 08:31:07 PM »
Mike nice setup in your new shop. I have been traveling about and I scored a really nice new machine and I will post photos as soon as I get back to my shop.

Cheers Dan
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« Reply #20 on: July 24, 2019, 05:39:22 AM »
Your new layout looks very nice, Mike.  Love seeing all your projects sitting around your shop!
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« Reply #21 on: July 24, 2019, 03:03:58 PM »
Dan, Kim, Thanks, I do feel very fortunate to have the space that I have,  as a kid growing up in England I though that one day I would have a model shop typical of some of the small wooden sheds of the day with a Myford. a drill press and a bench. 60 odd years later and here we are.

I finished the cleaning up yesterday and am no ready to mess it all up again. I took the last few items out to the garage and it feels much better. By spreading out the drawers at the soldering end and placing one of the old long bench tops on them I am able to push the other little rolling cabinet under.



And now my high bench is ready for work.





So that's it. Now to make it all worthwhile and finish something!

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« Reply #22 on: July 24, 2019, 09:04:58 PM »
looks great!

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« Reply #23 on: July 25, 2019, 09:53:25 AM »
Hi Mike,
 I better not show my wife your tidy shop! She gives me stick to get on & do mine.
Great job.

Going to be over your way in a couple of weeks, hope you guys can keep up the nice weather

Cheers Kerrin
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« Reply #24 on: July 25, 2019, 02:24:23 PM »
Kerrin, when you say our way which side of the continent are you thinking I'm in western Canada and Mcgyver is toward the east coast it's a 2 hour time difference.
My wife comes in once in a while and says "its so nice in here now, you deserve it"  just sayin'

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« Reply #25 on: July 25, 2019, 11:29:06 PM »
Hi Mike,
 Our youngest son lives just north of Calgary, heís been there for 6 years so we make an annual visit. We really enjoy our time. We always try & pack in visit to see something different every visit, but boy distance is a real thing!
This year we are taking my dad, heís 92, so tripping around is going to be a bit more leisurely, however a visit to the Calgary Live steam boys is high on the cards!

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« Reply #26 on: July 26, 2019, 04:51:47 AM »
Hi Kerrin
By the Calgary Live steam boys do you mean the Alberta Society of Model engineers, their main spot is Iron Horse Park in Airdrie. we have a sub group in Onoway called the Sturgeon valley Railway. it is about 45 miles NW of Edmonton.

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« Reply #27 on: July 26, 2019, 06:32:24 AM »
Hi Mike,
 Yes thatís the guys! Sorry didnít check on the name before typing,  :old:
They have a great setup, would love to have a similar setup here.....maybe with the the push to move to a new bigger site I can convince them to do more than a flat track!

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« Reply #28 on: September 11, 2019, 02:18:57 AM »
Thats a nice ,clean and well organized shop ,I ike it  !

Regards Michel.

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« Reply #29 on: September 11, 2019, 11:57:35 AM »
Superb! What a great looking shop!
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« Reply #30 on: September 16, 2019, 12:25:36 PM »
Very handsome shop.

Love the wooden storage units.

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« Reply #31 on: September 16, 2019, 04:00:26 PM »
Thanks for all the nice comments about my space, I am finally able to get back to some modelwork it has been a very busy summer with a lot of non modelwork type activity.

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« Reply #32 on: September 17, 2019, 03:02:43 PM »
That is not a workshop, more like a palace!!  Well done, i am very envious of you!!
When i established mine in the corner of a double garage i left space for a car which had now never been stored in there. A wrong decision that i have had to live with.
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« Reply #33 on: September 18, 2019, 01:19:28 PM »
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what the @#&% over

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« Reply #34 on: September 18, 2019, 01:59:47 PM »
Thanks for the compliments guys. It has taken waiting 55 years to finally have a nice place to work. As a 15 year old my dream was to have a well fitted out 8 x 4 garden shed when I lived in in England. My current workshop is a sanctuary for me, and as I continue to work I notice things to improve how I use the space and so it evolves.

Mike 
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