Ok folks.... this is for Hobbyists, Semi-Pro's, Pro's and Manufacturing Sword Makers...
I have 20 footitis... what is that? I want to build 20' onto the front of my shop as I am totally cramped for space. I currently do all of my work in what was a carriage house in the 1870's. It was extended to accommodate Model "T" Fords in the late 1920's. My workspace is 20' x 19'.
Currently with my work orders, I am finding that I have to make my shop run more efficiently for space, tools, time, and clutter until i can add a new 20' section to the front of the shop, if the local government will allow.
I do everything in this small space. I have a melting forge for Brass, Bronze, Silver and Gold. A Heat treating forge, a small kiln, small electric forge, Vacuum investment and casting machine as well as anvils, hammers, drill press, 2 band saws, thickness planer, jointer, lathes, etc.
So, I make the swords, hilts, castings, scabbard work, leather work, etc. all in this small space. It is heated in the winter by a franklin stove which takes up valuable space in the summer months.
I would like to glean from others if you are willing to show how you use your spaces. For those of you with large shops, for now, I will only drool.
Mr. Moderator... If this post belongs somewhere else... Please feel free to move it.
Post by brotherbanzai on Jul 28, 2018 16:28:13 GMT
That's a pretty good sized space, and with an expansion would be really great. Do you do any work outside or everything inside that space? For a number of years I was in a small corner of the garage and did heat treating out in the driveway and casting in the front yard, was terrible in the summer and had to always plan around rain. Have much more space now that I've moved.
The current shop is 21 X 24. Had a thread up about the construction and set up somewhere here on the forum a couple years ago.
In the center is the large steel worktable, and wood topped worktable. Along the left wall is shelving and the opposite wall the heat treat kiln and welders. Two large garage doors in the front and one in the back for cross ventilation. The forge press, anvil and forge are by the right front door with the forge going outside when in use. The back wall has the drill press and lathe (almost never used) and close to the rear door the band saw. I also keep the shopcicle in there which takes up some space.
The sand blaster is in the 24 X 24 carport between the shop and house. I did the ceramic shell stuff in the carport briefly before I built an 8 X 12 shed immediately behind the carport, which somewhat encloses the carport. Outside the rear door of the shop is a 9 X 12 overhang where I do the bronze casting. I'm planning on putting up another overhang along the length of the front of the shop, though time is always in short supply. Most of the wax work and sculpting is done inside the house.
I'm pretty pleased with this setup and like keeping the major processes separated.
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