Happy new year all you @woodworkers! Hope that you received all the chisels and saws you wished for over the festive season.
The wood workshop has changed a fair bit over the last year. We have a new mitre saw with a modified bench, a new bandsaw, substantial changes to the tool storage and lathe bench layout, and most importantly fantastic changes to the dust extraction and air filtration systems.
So what next? Well we have plans. First, we’ll run a few woodworking inductions in the coming months to make sure everyone who wants to can use the shop. More advanced inductions are still in the works.
Second, essential maintenance and repairs to machine tools. The planer-thicknesser is currently undergoing major repair work, and we will be commissioning our upgraded bandsaw shortly.
Thirdly, we want to start a regular event for the woodshop modelled something like electronics night. This would revolve around giving the space a little TLC to keep everything safe and in working order, and a variety of personal and woodshop projects.
Tool sharpening and maintenance of both SLMS and personal tools. Want to get your chisels perfectly sharp? Come in and learn to use the Tormek, and do a couple of communal chisels as well!
Mutual help on projects: got a stack of boards you want to thickness? It’s easier with two people. Need the tablesaw? A woodtech will be around.
I for one will be practicing my joinery this year, with the aim of improving my hand tool skills and working up to a bigger project.
This isn’t designed to replace e.g. the hand tools group - more to keep the shop in a safe and clear environment and build a sense of community. The better a state it’s in, the easier it will be for everyone to use it - and that’s what we want, people making things safely and happily.
So that’s the update for the woodshop. What would you like to see from a wood shop TLC day?