Above, the Wright Brothers and Thomas Edison's workshops.
What do you need to set up a perfect workshop? I make a lot of stuff, but I don't really have the kind of workshop I'd like. So, maybe it's time to bite the bullet and get one built.
I am currently designing (mentally at least) a new workshop, to be set out in the backyard. It will be a second garage because the big door makes it easy to move larger stuff in and out. The architectural requirements are:
- 1. the aforementioned large door for easy movement of items in and out of the workshop
- 2. gas heater (my contractor friend says to install in floor heating, but I don't want to spring for that, plus I think it would take too long to heat up in winter. )
- 3. skylights to supplement the florescent lights
- 4. wireless ethernet connection to my home network
- 5. Three phase power at 240 v
As far as the equipment goes, here's my opinion what a great home workshop needs:
- 1. A milling machine - the question is do I get a large used, Bridgeport-like Asian knock-off mill on say, ebay, or go for something like a new Sherline. Most of the stuff I cut isn't that big. Budget: $1200 US
- 2. A metal cutting lathe - Same question as above. Do I get a used a big one or a small one? $1000
- 3. A drill press. Drill presses are relatively cheap. budget: $300
- 4. A bench grinder- $75
- 5. An oxy-acetylene torch and metal cutter head - $300
- 6. MIG welder. If I was better at gas welding I wouldn't need this maybe. But I'm not and MIG welding is soooo much easier. I'm thinking, what, about $600 for this?
- 7. Air compressor. I bought a little one, mostly for pressurizing air cannons, but these things are really handy. I'm not yet using pneumatically powered tools, but I imagine that will happen. $400
Readers are invited to weigh in on suggestions for inclusions to the list of items in the perfect home workshop (and info on your workshop is appreciated)