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My shop is in the back yard. (Read 5,611 times)
Peter Wolf
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My shop is in the back yard.
Jun 16th, 2013 at 10:48pm
 
Yeah, my shop is the outside lawn. It's showing in the background. My work bench is a children's picnic table.   It's all I've got, but I have a lathe, so I've got to stand and spin where ever I can.  No garage, no shed, 5 kids shoved into 1400 square foot home.  That's why I started turning. Cry
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Reply #1 - Jun 17th, 2013 at 12:04am
 
any place you can turn is a great place.  think of the fresh air you get and don't have to filter. smiley=thumbsup.gif
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Reply #2 - Jun 17th, 2013 at 6:21am
 
That's where I started building custom Harleys 40 years ago.  Fresh air and sunshine....can't beat it.
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Reply #3 - Jun 17th, 2013 at 11:30am
 
Serval people here started on their back porch. It's not where you start, it's how much fun you have. GHJ
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Re: My shop is in the back yard.
Reply #4 - Jun 17th, 2013 at 12:09pm
 
I just moved off my back porch into a 11 x 11 building.   As long as the chips are flying life is good.  Matters not if it is the "ideal" shop or not.

Enjoy.
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Re: My shop is in the back yard.
Reply #5 - Jun 17th, 2013 at 8:29pm
 
I started in a closet in an appartment complex.  WOW that brings back memories!  Now i'm in a one car garage, not much bigger than a closet, just a whole lot more tools!
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Re: My shop is in the back yard.
Reply #6 - Jun 23rd, 2013 at 3:44pm
 
When I was a kid it was the back step which was my workshop. Dad was a fitters mate and would look after the toolshop when not required and he used to steal tools and bring them home for me, a hammer here and a file there, and then my Grandfather came over from overseas and also used the backstep as his workbench. He made ships in bottles and brought a penknife, a sharpening stone and a small set of pliers and then made all the other tools he needed from household items like clothespegs and clothes hangers.

After all that I really do believe that such humble beginnings, making do, is the best way to start. It gives one an outlook that can't be brought from a catalogue where you have to problem solve from a perspective of looking into the corners with eyes open.

Enjoy the ride!
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Re: My shop is in the back yard.
Reply #7 - Jun 24th, 2013 at 7:41am
 
I enjoy most putting my benchtop lathe outside on a worktable and turning outdoors. I wait all winter for the time to do that  Smiley
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Re: My shop is in the back yard.
Reply #8 - Jun 24th, 2013 at 8:12am
 
I put my lathe right against the garage door so when I turn, I open the door and face the great outdoors.  Which is what I am going to do in about a minute or so Grin
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Re: My shop is in the back yard.
Reply #9 - Sep 22nd, 2013 at 9:24am
 
Raised 4 children sometimes in a home as small as 1000sq.ft. but did not start to turn until they were all out of the house. Now half of a 24`x30`garage with encroachment on the other half as well.
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Re: My shop is in the back yard.
Reply #10 - Sep 22nd, 2013 at 6:07pm
 
Ya gotta turn where you can.. I started in a 2 car garage, had to pull out the truck when I wanted to turn. Had to put with some complaining about the dust though. Moved up
to a  10 x 12 converted garden shed (with the bosses permission of course) and had to buy the green thumb her own potting shed. As long as there is support from the boss, there is no problem. 

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Re: My shop is in the back yard.
Reply #11 - Aug 21st, 2014 at 9:23am
 
Being that I am single I just have to get approval from my check book
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Reply #12 - Aug 26th, 2014 at 5:07pm
 
I like the idea of turning outdoors...the lighting would be much better.

I'm in Texas and I love the heat but I'd probably need to do it out of summer or have a netted shade or something overhead.

Sounds refreshing!
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Reply #13 - Aug 29th, 2014 at 1:30pm
 
You can do wood turning everywhere!
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Re: My shop is in the back yard.
Reply #14 - Jan 14th, 2015 at 2:22am
 
I started with a Mattel on the kitchen table at about ten years old. I can't believe mom let me spray those chips all over like she did. Smiley
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Re: My shop is in the back yard.
Reply #15 - Jan 14th, 2015 at 1:24pm
 
I started in a upstairs attic space,good thing I wasn't married,as dust filters downwards.
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Re: My shop is in the back yard.
Reply #16 - Sep 21st, 2016 at 10:51pm
 
I started in a room in our basement that was the brides' pantry. It was 8' x 8' kinda square room. I had 7' one way to work with, & 6' the other way. At the time, I was still driving truck OTR, so I didn't get much shop time as it was. But I had a RAS along one wall, my belt/disc sander under the one window on the other wall. In the middle, I had my TS on casters, jointer on casters, & all my tools were on shelves of her pantry that she wasn't using. Was in there for 19 years. 3 years ago, our neighbor offered us their retired beauty shop across the street from us. I've got a 12' x 20' work shop now, with a room for lumber storage, & a small room for other storage. We've been able to get most of our tools out of storage, & get them into the shop. I've got 3 scroll saws. TS, drill press, BS, planer, 2 lathes, RAS, Router in a table, belt/disc sander, & jointer all usable. I built a 4' x 4' project table w/a shelf underneath. That's where my air nailers, circular saw, routers, drills, sanders, etc. are stored. I've got shelves I built all over in the shop for finishes, clamps, more tools, etc. My neighbor didn't take out the counter tops, so I have some storage there for scroll saw blades, small tools, etc. I made a screw organizer with several compartments for screws. On top of all that, the floor is wood & carpeted. It sounds crowded, but, I make it work for me. Its what our budget can afford, & my neighbor is kind enough to let me do what I need to do make it work.
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Re: My shop is in the back yard.
Reply #17 - Sep 22nd, 2016 at 4:44pm
 
Sounds really nice Brad, what a change from what you had.
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Re: My shop is in the back yard.
Reply #18 - Mar 23rd, 2017 at 10:37am
 
Many days I wished we lived out of town where I could have an open covered area next to my shop to set up a lathe. Much easier to keep the mess at bay for sure
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Re: My shop is in the back yard.
Reply #19 - Mar 23rd, 2017 at 11:18am
 
I really like the idea of turning outside in the fresh air and sunshine.

I have to ask though, what do you do when it rains?
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