How often when model making do you find yourself breathing in dust?
How often do you find yourself with a sore throat as a result of this?
We all do this and in the long run will pay the consequences. If you are doing lots of woodwork with machines then it really is important to get a dust extractor connected up to it. Personally I would say buy the dust extractor before buying the machine. A good basic machine is the Record Power DX1000.
If you are doing the odd bit of filing or sanding then a good quality face mask will work wonders – even with proper dust extraction it is still important to wear a mask when you are doing lots of machining.
Another great piece of equipment is the dust filtration unit, a range of sizes are available to suit different sized workshops and they will work by filtering the air. A small unit that I have just come across is the Microclene MC100 – absolutely perfect for the garden shed based workshop or if you are working at a table indoors. If you are indoors then this is one way of keeping the dust down and the complaints.
So should I build the shed as an oak framed building? A friend pointed me to this site:
The green oak beams are very reasonably priced, quite frankly cheaper than a lot of the fence posts from the normal diy stores.
Well, this is the new name for a shed. “Man Cave” is the response I got when starting to discuss the idea of a new workshop for me, not actually a shed as what I’m thinking of is far more substantial and above all more insulated and secure.
I’m thinking of leaving my current workshop where it is and building a workshop further down the garden where the current garden shed stands. OK the garden shed is a very small 6×4 feet made of matchstick affair. The workshop will be much bigger. Needs to be bigger than 11×8 feet, prefarably around 14×10 but that may be pushing the boundary.
I think my first task is to look at the planning regulations and understand what the limits are, then I can plan a workshop with confidence.
The downside is my current workshop, sorry “Man Cave”, is dry and easy to keep warm. The alternative is to build a bigger shed and move some of the junk currently in my Man Cave into the shed. Quite a lot of space is currently used to store wood and moving this all out would result in a much better working area.