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Blog entry by JustaLilJoinery posted 08-06-2013 07:50 AM 1599 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi all, I’m Jyl.
I’m obviously new here and appreciate anyone who decides it is worthy of your time to read.
I am a lover of wood, building, being creative and all things small.

I came back to creating with wood (and other materials) because of a health issue. I’ve found that many other hobby-workers have also had this experience so you might notice that I mention it here and there. I will certainly try to not come off as a whiner but please understand as you get to know me that it affects every facet of my life now and as such, affects every facet of how I work from what projects I choose to what tool I use to how I set up a cut. It may also mean that I ask for more than one way to do a particular thing – I assure you I’m not being picky; just trying to find a method that will work for me. Fortunately, there seem to be very many of you here so I hope I might be so lucky as to be able to benefit from your knowledge.

I am in the process of re-arranging my very very tiny workshop for the 3rd time! So I thought that since I was in need of introducing myself anyways, that I would post some pics (and I do love my pics) and let you see where I’m at, what I have and how I am limited.

As a miniaturist, some of my tools are mini-sized and others are full sized. In my dreams, I would have each tool in both scales lol. Speaking of scales, I work mostly in 12th scale and yes, that means mostly doll houses. I really don’t like furniture that looks like toys (no offense to any other workers who prefer that style). I do have some and practice finishes on them and sometimes use them just to do SOMETHING while my butt is glued to my couch.

My workshop is a 9’ X 11’ bedroom.
All of the flooring is completely covered with professional dropcloths for protection. I am also in the last stages of hooking up my dust control system for the area so as to not inconvenience nor afflict my son who still lives at home. I have a Porter Cable router mounted in this router table mainly to make molding and trims. I removed the top of a desk to bring it up to an OK level to see and work the piece. It also gives me quite a bit of storage.

I keep seldom used bits on the bottom as well as lots of router related supplies in plastic totes. (I keep a lot of stuff in totes to keep them relatively dust-free) I also sometimes sit on the floor to work and have future plans to re-install the keyboard tray under that little shelf at the bottom so I’d have a pull out spot to work.

I cut off the back of the table’s fence (which had a dinky 2” dust port) and ‘reshaped’ it with some epoxy to adapt to the 4” hose from the DC. I hope it’s not too much of a hack job lol.

The DC – nothing amazing but I’m pretty happy with being able to pull it together…

My tablesaw set up. Yes, it’s a miniature saw @ 4”. It’s a lovely Byrnes model saw that I love but am having a bit of trouble with at the moment. I’m not sure if it got bumped or what (it’s not really in the open to have that happen) BUT I’m finding that if I raise the blade to it’s highest (just under 1”), it seems to just tap the insert. The only thing I can think of is that there is some sort of tiny slight miniscule bend or dent in maybe the shaft? I tried other blades and it still happens so I know it’s not just the blade that got bent. So for the moment I have to stay under 3/4” until I resolve that.

ALMOST done.

Lastly, (although there is more in the room still but I don’t want to give it all away on the first date here) this is my foldable worktable turned into a multi-level area.

I have a small “don’t care if it dies” tv for when I get it set up to play either Youtube vids or other material tutorials that I want to see as I do it. My laptop is not high-end but it’s still good enough to keep out of the dust. It also has a mini-scrollsaw and the shelf that it sits on can be swapped out for the belt/6” disc sander. The sander needs tweaking and the scrollsaw might actually be a bit too small for me but we’ll see…

Anyways, thanks for coming along on the tour. I know a bedroom is not the best workshop let alone a small room but since it’s the best I can do, I will make do! I’ll also post the rest of the room as I go. I’m hoping that this last configuration really works though. The first time I set it up with a grid and diagrams to make everything fit, the second time it was after I tried to work in there and the third is now after I did some more serious work…I’m happy with it and most of all it’s starting to feel good in there. I have LOTS of jigs to make in order to make my mostly carefully chosen tools work with the tiny pieces I need safely.

So I guess if anyone wants to point out links or suggestions for any of the following accessories, I’m looking:

Full sized drill press – need full fence system, want to make a planer-type jig

Full sized Router – measurable (is that the word? for a rulered and repetitive-cut add on?) router lift (wishes for motorized???) – molding jig for scale molding – mini tenon/mortising jig/system

Need to develop a way to section ‘larger’ lumber…I have a lovely slab of pearwood just waiting. It’s 2” thick X 12” X 12” rough edged. No planer nor jointer.

Well, I think that’s probably way too much info for a first blog post but I guess I got carried away after spending more than 2 hours just reading the site…Nice to meet you all and hope to cross your woodworking paths soon.

‘Lil Jyl

-- Genius may have its limitations, but stupidity is not thus handicapped. -Hubbard

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#1 posted 08-06-2013 10:56 AM

Welcome to Lumberjocks Jyl!
Your shop looks well accoutered for the things that you describe you make. I look forward to seeing them!
Small shops are no constraint to doing fine work… Dilo is one of the best Woodworkers on LJ’s, and he has only a closet to work out of, and uses hand tools almost exclusively! :)

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#2 posted 08-06-2013 01:48 PM

Welcome aboard. This is a great site, good people and lots of inspirational projects and folks willing to help each other. Your shop looks great for a small space.

-- Larry "Work like a Captain but Play like a Pirate!"

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#3 posted 08-08-2013 03:51 AM

Cool! Welcome, Jyl!

-- jay,

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#4 posted 08-09-2013 03:20 AM

Thanks to all that have welcomed me thus far.
Friendly group you all appear to be.

I will definitely check out Dilo’s comments and see how things change due to space. I already see he’s made some scale items so that’s another plus – being able to convert the full to part size. I guess he did that too with his whole shop! lol.
I have to use almost all power tools since I’m not able to use most handtools where strength is the issue and now that I’m getting set up enough to get going on my own (not a kit) mini-furniture.


-- Genius may have its limitations, but stupidity is not thus handicapped. -Hubbard

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