Colin's Workshop

WORKING IN AN UNDERBUILT
A peek into a Spanish turner's workshop.

SHOP OWNER: Colin Spencer
LOCATION: Orba, Spain

    My house is built on the side of a small mountain, so I have what is called an “underbuilt” here. This is a series of rooms that vary in height from about 18 inches to 8 feet plus in height. In my case, I have three rooms with full standing headroom and one of these is my workshop. It measures about 24 feet by 9 feet and is definitely too small, but, due to the mountain behind and the house above, I cannot extend.
    I am primarily a turner but I do have a full selection of other power tools. My main lathe is a Nova DVR mounted on a homemade MDF bench that is filled with sand. I estimate that the total weight is about 350kgs (0.3 tons) so it doesn't move.
    My vacuum compressor can just be seen mounted to the left side of the DVR bench. I also have a Record DML 24 with homemade electronic variable speed (three-phase converter) on the right hand side. I have my dust extractor and compressor sited in another unfinished room next to my workshop, so the dust extraction is ducted around the shop.
    Luckily, in Spain a lot of use is made of wood burning stoves so 4" galvanized steel tube and fittings are readily available and cheap. I have added air conditioning as it gets to the high 30's C during the summer. During this winter, I have had it putting out hot air a couple of times. I have also fitted a small radiator that comes on with the house heating. Even though the room is properly built and insulated, I do suffer with a lot of humidity and so a portable dehumidifier runs 24x7, which also helps dry some of my wood.

. . . Colin Spencer


 
CLICK HERE TO RETURN TO THE    INDEX!

 

SEND US YOUR "SHOP SHOTS"
This is the place to share views of your shop, woodworking tips and methods,
mug shots, special tools or machines, finished work--you name it!
    We prefer digital images via e-mail, but prints or transparencies will do. Include your name, address, phone number and a paragraph or two explaining the photo(s). Not every entry will be used, we reserve the right to edit for length and clarity, and we will not return photos.

WoodCentral
P.O. Box 493
Springtown, PA 18081