I love making things! The idea - the refinement - the sketches - the calculations - the refinement - the research - the hours of questioning - the CAD model - the refinement - the materials selection - the processing method - the yield - the schedule - the refinment - the double check - the triple check - the ordering - the delivery - the cut list - the refinement. Then the best bit. Getting the ole hands dirty, setting machines, checking accuracy and bringing everything together. Seeing the finished product is awesome, hands down one of the best feelings as a maker, all of the previuos steps and experiences culminating in a tangible useful piece of furniture that hopefully other people will like, bloody brilliant.
So this is the crux. All of the pieces on the website and posted to social media all have a story, lots of different materials and methods, giving a myriad, a plethora, a smorgasbord of work all unique. This "blog" is intended to serve as a window to the workshop, will be trying to put up a weekly update on the goings on around the shop, looking a manufacturing processes, tools (my favourite), and generally what goes in to making the things we do. One caveat, I am by no means an expert, self taught through watching countless hours of the likes of Norm Abram and other makers and making countless mistakes. Just wanted to put that out there.
Soooooooooo suppose the inaugural post should have something about the start maybe? The first tentative steps in building M W Robinson Furntiture? The Workshop.
Note the holycrapwhatamidoing look on my face! Big moment, at this point I was still working full time with half a business plan and a shabby array of tools, BUT I had a table saw, an old Altendorf panel saw that my current employers (at that time) were junking. Needed some love and a whole lot of effing and jeffing to get it located but there you have it. The first step.
So what's the first thing you make when you have a new workshop? A new work bench! Made from an old kitchen worktop, pallet wood, haggard old drawer runners and painted with left over floor paint, the only thing new is the vice. Served me well for a couple of years before deciding I needed a much bigger bench, but that's for another time.
Gonna call this one a day here, just been going back through some old photos and realised I've got heaps random images from the last three years, so might do a few short features along side the weekly shop updates.
Over and out.