My Workshop....

This instructable is in response to the workplace competition.
I have heavily annotated the photos which explain the tools and setup in my workshop.
I currently rent a house, so the workshop is not as I would ideally like it as I can't modify the garage space in any way, however I have it functioning well for the sorts of projects i do.

The main machinery and kit is:
Warco bench drill
Viceroy lathe (ex college machine)
Clarke bench grinder
Industrial single phase Mig welder (rescued from a scrapyard)
Cold Saw- cut off saw. Believed to be Meddings, bought at an autojumble
Edwards 3ft guillotine-(rescued from a scrapyard)
Formech 300X vacuum former
Workbench- Professionally built, but not sure who by. Rescued from going into a skip.

Storage consists of:
Two low filing cabinets, one rescued from the dump, the other from a friend.
Bisley drawer units from scrap yard, bootfair, secondhand furniture shop
Dexion and similar shelving rescued from skips, from a company clearing it's archives and from a friend.
Plastic grey Eurotainers from a secondhand tool shop (A pallet load between a friend and I)
'Linbins' form a closing hardware store, from bootfairs and the scrapyard
Large crates rom a used crate company.

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    7 Discussions


    7 years ago on Introduction

    The A4 sized tool store is a very good idea. I must get some of those. Don't know why I didn't see that before.

    pred2 mentioned scrounging. I do that a lot and rip apart VCRs for the motors, laser printers for the optics, gears and motors etc. and grab any battery stuff for the left-behind-batteries inside them. So far I've got a dozen rechargeables.

    I notice that everything is labeled. This is the mark of someone organized and systematic.

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    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    The metal paper storage drawers work very well for a lot of tools and can be found quite cheaply. I have paid between £1 & £40 for them- all were secondhand.

    I have so much stuff that labelling becomes a necessity otherwise there is no hope of finding anything. The hand held label printers are pretty good, and aren’t expensive. Extra good is that you can read them as my handwriting is awful!

    Good tip on the rechargeable batteries!


    7 years ago on Introduction

    Looks good. The bins need a frame to hold them so you can get at stuff fast, something like a filing cabinet.

    You've got a lot of stuff there and you look organized. What are you building lately?

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    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks for the comments. I definately need to sort out better shelving for the large bins but as I'm renting at the moment and expecting to move soon I'm reluctant to build too much custom shelving.

    Current projects are fluid sculpture and some furniture repairs.

    Other recent projects are on my website-


    7 years ago on Introduction

    Nice.....I love looking at other peoples' workshops/tools......get lots of great ideas that way!!


    8 years ago on Introduction

    Kudos on your scrounging abilities! Anyone can spend money, it takes skills to score stuff for cheap, or free.

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    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    It takes time- this is the result of around 15 years of gathering tools and materials.