Best workshop ever

The last 6 months have been a lot of hard work, but it’s finally paying off. I now have space in my new workshop, which is quite a luxury for me. I am not used to that.

There’s still a lot to do, though. I still need to install the compressed air pipe system, and I haven’t got the new chop saw, band saw or pillar drill, although I have in fact finished work on the rotating tool station:

I also started making all the knobs and handles for the various drawers and cupboard doors. This is probably the only workshop in the UK to have knobs made from solid ebony. One of our friends found a bucket with all sorts of cutoffs when they sorted out one of their garden sheds, and gave it to me with the words “Maybe these are good for something, they are definitely useless as firewood, much too small”. The whole bucket was filled to the rim with short cutoffs of ebony (1″ – 1.5″ long) and walnut (2.5″ – 3″ long), all from 1.5″ square stock.  Not much good for anything else, but they do make very nice knobs.

Considering ebony is on all sorts of lists, and in the “cannot buy for its weight in gold” category, this is quite a windfall.

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