My Shed, workshop and home for all my tools...

My Shed is tiny, and is packed with all my tools.  I actually have two workspaces.  The Shed for woodworking and the garage for oily metalworking.  I like to keep the two speperate.

The tools I use are mainly hobby tools that I have bought and acquired over the years:

My Shed

Its probably big in terms of a garden shed at 12x8, but is quite small for a workshop.  But I love it to bits.  Its quite old now and has been upgraded with a metal roof and has been given waterproof membrane and then cladded externally with fence boards.  It has multiple electrical outlets and good lighting.

BandSaw - Lumber Jack BS254

Probably my favourite and most used tool in my shed.  Its great for cutting all sorts of wood and shapes.  I recently upgraded from a Ferm (similar to this one) to a This has a bigger cut depth at 150mm which means I can make larger highland coos.


Pillar Drill 

my next most used tool in my shed is my pillar drill.  Its a small bench mounted one.  I actually have two of these, one in the shed for wood and one in the garage for metal work (I was given this one by a neighbour).  Both are brilliant at what they do, not particularily powerful but get lots of use

Table saw - DeWalt DW745

Im still a bit afraid of this saw, but it fits into my small shed well.  Its very portable and I made a stand for it on wheels that mans it can roll under my bench when Im not using it.  

Cordless Drill - DeWalt

Where would be be without cordless drills these days. Used for drilling holes and rapidly putting in screws.  I bought this one a few years ago and it came with 2 batteries.  One battery is always on charge.  I have had a number of cordless drills and they always seem to die because of the batteries.  This one is still going strong.

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What I have learnt working with MDF

Medium Density Fibre board (MDF) is a great material to make projects with.  It comes in smooth sheets of various thickness and sizes.  It is easy to work with with basic tools and relatively cheap.  When I started using it I learnt a number of things that make life easier.


Finishing edges

When cut the edges are high in fibre and diffcult to sand to a smooth surface.  I learn not to bother sanding edges straight away.  Apply a coat of MDF primer first and let it dry before sanding.  The MDF primer seals the edges and creates a harder (rougher at first) surface that can then be sanded later to a smooth surface


Joining edges with screws

To attach edges with screws I learnt to drill pilot holes to prevent the MDF from splitting and bulging.  One step further is to use MDF screws which are designed to prevent splitting and bulging of MDF.  Worked a treat on the Campervan and Pirate Beds