My workshop was bought to life after a long awaited trip around Europe was cut short (4 months short to be precise). Upon my return to Australia, I had a rather generous amount of money still left in the bank and instead of throwing it at something like a new car or using it as a deposit on a house, I decided to invest it in something I had always loved…woodworking!
I aim to create a space that is capable of taking me from being a hobbyist as I am now, to one day becoming a professional woodworker. At age 20, I still have a long way to go but I have plenty of time!
I already had a good selection of handheld power tools, but machinery was something I had to start from scratch with so I started the spending spree with my 10 table saw. Although its not the best table saw in the world, it does a good job and with a bit of a tune, it performs very well.
After my table saw purchase,new tools kept finding their way into my shop. The first of which was a thickness planer. Naturally I would need to get a jointer to accompany my planer. I had heard that the local machinery shop had a special on their 8 long bed jointer, so there I was in the car with the credit card and on my way!
With the jointer, I noticed a huge improvement in the quality of my work and as I got more confident and started tackling bigger projects, I noticed that I started needing new tools, so eventually a 14 band saw, drill press, disk/belt sander, drum sander, a second 6 jointer, a scroll saw and an oscillating spindle sander found their way into the shop.
This is where my shop stands at the moment and I am very happy with it. I really enjoy making contemporary chairs and coffee tables. Currently Im working on a fairly big project, a bent lamination dining room table that Im documenting on my website. I also do a bit of restoration work here and there and in the future, I hope to get into some projects involving marquetry, oh and possibly I would like to get into making some wooden jewelry too.