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#21 Ruaidhri

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Posted 01 April 2008 - 21:05

Ron has just pointed out , elsewhere, that today is April 1st !

I wish I could say the untidiness above was an April Fool joke - unfortunately it is not embarrassed_smile.gif

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Posted 21 April 2008 - 16:55

Here's what I have cookin....

http://pencraftonlin...fm/Shop-Project

We started framing today. I'll keep this page updated with new photos as we go.

I'm pretty stoked.

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Posted 26 April 2008 - 14:40

Ruaidhrí,
Congratulations on such an inspiring shop for ALL of us "maker wanna bees".......
I'm interested in starting the pen manufacturing process and was wondering if anyone would like to share in their experiences of what to get started with now that I see some have gone through the trial and error phase.
Jim in Oakville I'm interested in your shop too as I'm reachable by phone or visit (I'm in Guelph)
Once again I think we are all in awe of the shop Ruaidhrí.

#24 Ruaidhri

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Posted 04 May 2008 - 10:52

Thanks Ray - unfortunately it's likely to inspire people to be untidy ......rs roflmho.gif lticaptd.gif
When I eventually get around to tidying up properly I'll pop up a few pics biggrin.gif
On a more serious note - feel free to email if you want to discuss, or pop up a post.

Brian - all I can say about that tiny shed of yours (LOL) is Bloody Wow!!!!!!

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Posted 13 July 2008 - 17:26

Hi All,
Attached some pictures of my workshop, nothing special but I am rather happy with it !

Regards,Francis


http://i62.photobuck...toolgrinder.jpg
http://i62.photobuck...super7lathe.jpg
http://i62.photobuck...lingmachine.jpg
http://s62.photobuck...t=workbench.jpg

Edited by fountainbel, 13 July 2008 - 18:56.


#26 Ruaidhri

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Posted 13 July 2008 - 18:21

Looking good Francis. Love the Super 7 smile.gif
I finally fitted the coolant tank and pump a week ago (if you are interested, I got it from Axminster, very reasonably priced - give me a shout if you want any info).

Enjoy the workshop smile.gif

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Posted 13 July 2008 - 19:05

Wow, Francis.

I really love that Myford. If it ever needs a new home, you can send it my way!

Same goes to you and your lathe, Ruaidrhi!

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Posted 13 July 2008 - 19:16

Thanks Ruaidhrí.
Very kind of you, but I already have a coolant tank & pump.
I've bought the machine (second hand) a few years ago, fully equipped and with all cutting tool & micrometers for a humble 1000 €!
I only installed a measuring dial on the tailstock allowing precise depth drilling up to 25mm & a digital measuring rule on the cross slide
Lately I've also added a second dial on the carriage, allowing automatic feed turning for lengths below 25mm.
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QUOTE (Ruaidhri'Ldate='Jul 13 2008, 07:21 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Looking good Francis. Love the Super 7 smile.gif
I finally fitted the coolant tank and pump a week ago (if you are interested, I got it from Axminster, very reasonably priced - give me a shout if you want any info).

Enjoy the workshop smile.gif

Cheers,
Ruaidhrí


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Posted 13 July 2008 - 19:31

I would love to see pics of folks working on pens in their shops. Any of those?
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#30 Ruaidhri

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Posted 14 July 2008 - 09:21

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fully equipped and with all cutting tool & micrometers for a humble 1000 €!


I wish you hadn't posted that!!! sick.gif sick.gif sick.gif
Mine (an earlier model to judge by the colours) cost an arm and a leg.

One of the snags of living in Ireland - not many Super 7s about sad.gif

BTW - I hope that (coolant tank info) didn't sound condescending embarrassed_smile.gif rolleyes.gif

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Posted 15 July 2008 - 10:58

QUOTE (i @ Jul 14 2008, 10:21 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
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fully equipped and with all cutting tool & micrometers for a humble 1000 €!


I wish you hadn't posted that!!! sick.gif sick.gif sick.gif
Mine (an earlier model to judge by the colours) cost an arm and a leg.
Sorry I've disturbed your peace of mind Ruaidhri!
One of the snags of living in Ireland - not many Super 7s about sad.gif

BTW - I hope that (coolant tank info) didn't sound condescending embarrassed_smile.gif rolleyes.gif
Surely not, much appriciated !
Cheers,
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Posted 18 January 2009 - 11:43

I never thought that making something as simple as a fountain pen requires that much high tech equipment. You guys should venture with watchmaking....looks like all the equipments are set up to speed. notworthy1.gif

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Posted 19 January 2009 - 08:46

QUOTE (Pepin @ Jan 18 2009, 11:43 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I never thought that making something as simple as a fountain pen requires that much high tech equipment. You guys should venture with watchmaking....looks like all the equipments are set up to speed. notworthy1.gif

In many cases it wouldn't take much extra equipment. Clock making, on the other hand, could be started immediately with most of the workshops shown. Clock making requires almost identical equipment, and the specialist stuff can be made as necessary.

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Posted 22 January 2009 - 09:15

I've sorta been prodded by my conscience about showing my workshop.
I assure you all, I have gone through a major tidy up - despite what it looks like. I have removed a dustbin full of sawdust, though in the last couple of days I've probably replaced much of it..

The first photo is of my lathe on its stand made from scrap steel sheet lined with pallet timber strips.
The second shows my main workbench. Made from pallets, planked on top with pallet timber and a 6mm steel plate (6ft x 3ft) salvaged from a skip. The vice is positioned so that I can hold 30ft long material in it. Invisible behind 'stuff' is a 56 lb anvil mounted on the bench.
The third photo shows my shaper and metal cutting bandsaw along with some of my stocks of pallet timber & spare doors (for some reason I have 6 spare doors, don't know where they came from really). The shaper is on a trolley made from pallet timbers and castors rescued from a skip. To use the bandsaw I pull it forward, then I can use it to cut lengths up to 30ft long - fortunate when I had to cut a 7.5m (24ft) long, 100mm (4") square steel box section lintle for my kitchen. The barn was originally open on the wall behind the shaper. I made a framework from pallet tops and trapped PVC sheet in between to make a window wall. This has lasted 4 years so far.
The fourth photo shows the tool bench. The bench is made from an 8ft x 3ft pallet with pallet timber shelves and legs. The 10" mitresaw, pillar drill and bench grinder are all hard mounted to it. The mitresaw is positioned so that 7ft long timbers can be cut on either side. If I need longer timbers, I can open one section of the window wall and slide the timber in from there. Invisible in the shadows, bottom left, is my furnace.
Total cost of the benches, window wall and all the timber you can see: about 2000 screws, or £15. I didn't pay for a single piece of wood, it's all from pallets.

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Edited by richardandtracy, 22 January 2009 - 09:20.


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Posted 29 January 2009 - 01:00

And that, folks, is how we do it in England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales biggrin.gif

LOVE it richard - a real home away from home! Few nice bits of kit there too smile.gif

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Posted 29 January 2009 - 01:28

ahh, the sound of saws, hammers-odor of fresh sawn wood in the morning wub.gif
enjoyed the photos gentlemen..
Ruaidhrí-would have been disappointed to seen pristine walls-definitely imagined wood walls, mutliple chisels..
wow on the ohio dreamshop..norm abram/bob vila would drool..
p2p..who's favorite store is a hardware store-esp if it has creaky wood floors..

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Posted 01 March 2009 - 03:22

I guess we need to get something posted for February. happyberet.gif This is my studio, located next to my retail store. So pretty convenient to get some turning done during the day. I still have three lathes and a shop at home as well. The studio is looking real clean as I just went through a small remodel after being here for 2 years. I added some more storage in the studio. Put another deck above in the back for added storage. So the studio measures 16x35 and I have about 25x35 for storage above. Ceiling height is 18' and has a nice big rollup garage door for all the fair weather we have here in Arizona. I do most of my turning on the Nova DVR and use my first Jet mini as a designated buffer. There is a 16" Laguna band saw and little Ryobi band saw for some quick work. Belt & disc sander, Cabinet saw, a couple of Legacy mills & a Oneida to collect the chips.

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Posted 05 March 2009 - 01:26

Here's a quick video tour of my shop.

Friday I'll be moving in that last of it...bandsaw, jointer, a couple more workbenches.

I still need to build some cabinets on one of the walls. Then I'm finished.



You can see then entire process here...

http://edisonpen.com/page.cfm/Shop-Project

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Posted 05 March 2009 - 01:52

Congratulations Brian, it's really coming along!
Tony, lots of nice light in your workshop-is your floor epoxy covered?
Brian, did you seal your cement to keep the dust down?

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Posted 16 March 2009 - 03:30

QUOTE (pen2paper @ Mar 5 2009, 02:52 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Tony, lots of nice light in your workshop-is your floor epoxy covered?


Yes epoxied the floor, 2 years and holding up good, but I wish I would have sealed over it. I did not think I would have to but my neighbor sealed his and it is much nicer. Nothing like turning when the large door is rolled up, lets in a ton of natural light and fresh air.


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