Postgaarden my allotment house #1: Another workbench in my life... - converting the shed into a workshop

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Blog entry by mafe posted 01-24-2020 01:24 AM 2807 reads 1 time favorited 31 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Another workbench in my life…
converting the shed into a workshop

Hi LJ’s,
This is the story of another workbench in my life, another house, another garden another path.

I call the house Postgaarden (The Postal house), named so because the main house is an old Railway post van, that were put on the allotment and converted into a small house back in the fifties.
It will be my summer hide out, a place for peace, quietness, gardening, time in the workshop and once the place is fixed, hopefully also a place to just hang out, with a good book and a pipe of tobacco.

Here it is, the new old workbench, in my new allotment workshop.

In a previous post, I promised to tell a little more, about my new allotment house.
In Denmark we have an old tradition, with these small allotments with tiny houses on.

The plot is 400m² 4300ft² and the house including conservatory and the workshop is about 50m² / 540ft², so we are talking a tiny garden and a tiny house (quite big for an allotment actually), so not a real summer hose. Originally these plots were meant for the working class, to be able to grow some food and get fresh air in the summer, so the rules are that you can only sleep there in the six summer months, the advantage of this is, that you pay no taxes, just a small annual fee to be a member and rent the land (really cheap).
It’s almost off grid, no electricity, no sewer, just water are installed, there’s a small solar system, gas bottles for hot water and cooking, a drain for roof and kitchen, a camping toilet and I have made one of the green houses into a bath house, where I can recycle the water for gardening.
(Text on drawing in Danish: Stue – living room, Gæst – guest, Sove – bed room, Spise stue – dinning room, Køkken – kitchen, Udestue – conservatory, Krea rum – creative room, Værksted – workshop).

Here in the back garden, looking at the workshop, that were used as a shed.

But let’s take a little tour inside.
Dining room and bed room in the back.
(With fine new floors, I put just before the winter).

Looking at the kitchen, in the other direction.

This room got a new deck and floor now (like the rest of the house) and will be the living room, with a sofa / guest bed.

Finally the conservatory.
(Will get a new floor this summer).

The greenhouse, that has been converted into a bath house.
Love to shower out there under the stars at night, while eating some grapes.

This was how it looked, when I got the house just five months ago.

Inside the shed.

But then my friend Pasquale and I cut a hole in the wall…
It’s him inside the shed, I’ll post more about the window project another day.
He is here on LJ: httpss://
Thank you my friend.

With a beautiful window and even a bench, to sit and have a wee coffee.
So now it’s just a matter of cleaning up, so it can become a workshop.

But here is the star of the show, the old workbench.
Traditional Scandinavian / German bench, got it for next to nothing, but it needed some love.
(There had been wood worm in it, so I started by treating it, so I was sure it was all gone).

Cleaned the top up and gave it a layer of lacquer.

Since the base had some damage and lots of holes, I decided to paint it.

Back in the new workshop after I made some order.
(You can see the old 220v generator, I got a newer one now, so I can run power tools when needed).

The workshop end. I’m quite pleased, a relative small job, has converted it into a nice place to work and hang out.
I have all the basic tools there and even a table saw, drill press and an old compressor – like this I only have to bring my accu tools when I go there.

I smile.

I can hang out here.

Hmmm, I’m not the only one…
Country life – it’s an hours drive from Copenhagen.

Building a bookcase for the house, working by the gas light in the evening.

Restoring windows on a rainy day.

Yes I’m pleased, a happy monkey, with a new workshop.

Having my breakfast in front of the workshop.

The happy monkey in the door of the house, think this little place will bring plenty of fine moments, for friends, for neighbours, for my daughter, for my girlfriend and for me. Hopefully some peace and quite, I really need that in my life.

Well, there should be a chance. ;-)

Thanks for watching.

Link to a blog with a few more pictures from the allotment, laying new floors and how to make a circular saw jig, I use there: httpss://

Hope it can be to some inspiration or just a wee smile.

Best thoughts,


-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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Don W

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#1 posted 01-24-2020 01:33 AM

I think you’ve found heaven.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#2 posted 01-24-2020 01:58 AM

Beautiful, layed back look to it. There will will be a lot of enjoyment here. Good luck !!! Mel

-- MEL, Kansas

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#3 posted 01-24-2020 02:19 AM

Mads, you have done a wonderful job of cleaning, repairing, rejuvenating, and just making the place a better place to live & have fun!

Now, you have to tackle the Garden and all of that overgrown stuff… Is Spring coming up to your area like it is here in Calif., USA? (we are in mid winter… have 2.5 mo’s to go for Spring).

I really like that old bench you restored… Very COOL… In that one shot it REALLY LONGER than it really is…

Thank you for sharing!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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#4 posted 01-24-2020 03:23 AM

That’s a beautiful little house now that you’ve cleaned it up, Mads! It should give you many happy days.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#5 posted 01-24-2020 07:17 AM

Looks delightful Mads. I hope I get to see it when I come visit. By the way, I hope that tub in your bath house isn’t the bath because I can see you getting stuck in there and having to call the fire brigade to cut you out of it. That would be sure to make the local paper and then you would forever be known as the man who got stuck in the bath. LOL.

-- Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#6 posted 01-24-2020 12:53 PM

You may all laugh.
That would be a great idea Andy, that we go and visit the allotment, while you are here.

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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#7 posted 01-24-2020 03:03 PM

Can’t remember how many baths I took in a wash tub!

Your workshop reminds me so much of the one my grandfather had when I was young! Many great memories!

Love the cozy home you have created, Mads.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#8 posted 01-24-2020 03:31 PM

Wow, this looks incredible. Actually thinking of doing something similar with out living situation soon. Can’t wait to see more.

-- “If not for Roubo, the back of the U.S. nickle would be blank.” -Roy U.

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#9 posted 01-24-2020 04:58 PM

Great find, Mads. it will be hard to get you away from there!!

Cheers, my friend…Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#10 posted 01-24-2020 10:19 PM

Rub a dub dub

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#11 posted 01-25-2020 01:42 AM

How is the home heated? You get some cold weather there.

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#12 posted 01-25-2020 04:17 PM

I just love the horse shoe above thee door. Very traditional.


-- Thor and Odin are still the greatest of Gods.

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#13 posted 01-25-2020 04:28 PM

Hi guys,

madts, big smile yes the good luck thing. ;-)

BlueRidgeDog, it’s not heated and there are almost no insulation in the house. It’s only in use the six summer months, but I can put a wood stove if I want (I have permission): In fact the last time I sleep there, before closing it down for the winter, there were -1°C / 30°f when I woke up in the morning and ice on the windows… I have a small portable gas oven there, it works fine for those outer seasons, but I dont have it running at night. Since the house is not getting to hot in the summer, I have no plan of insulating it for now. :-)

Don, big laugh, I did not know that expression: Origins and meaning
Dating back to the 14th century, the original rhyme makes reference to maids in a tub – a fairground attraction similar to a modern peep show. ... rub-a-dub, three maids in a tub, And who do you think were there? The

butcher, the baker, the candlestick-maker, And all of them gone to the fair.
Now I just have to say I would prefer if it was three maids in the tub, even the space would be a little tight and my gf would become a wee upset. Where if it was the butcher, the baker and the candlestick maker, I found in my tub, I would ask them to pay for the bath and wait for them to be done. :-D Yes it is a little Eden I fell, thanks.

Jim, yes I think I will be there a lot the coming summer, I look forward to see a full season there, all the little secrets in the ground, flowers that just wait, to show up. Thanks.
TraditionallySpeakin, I could with no doubt live in a place like this, but then I would need some insulation, a wood stove and a big solar system. I’m planning to put a bigger solar, but my budget are tight at the moment, so I will just bring extra battery power, for the extend it is needed.

Lew, I also had all my summer baths in a small tub on a kitchen table, every summer when I was a child, so I have to say I love this way, absolutely no suffering, just joy. Even the guest I have had there, loved the greenhouse shower. I tried to make it a grandfathers workshop, to get some good atmosphere, with what I have. Thank you for your kind words.

Brit, Ha ha ha, Andy I have already become famous for being the guy who baths in his greenhouse, even I think most of them would prefer, to see my gf shower there than me… :-D They all love the idea by the way.
I think it will be a wonderful idea, that we go there, when you are in Copenhagen, we can bring tools and things, so I will plan for that. Perhaps first day in Copenhagen and then wo go down there to the allotment and do our saw sharpening in the garden.

Dave, thank you with a big smile. I really love to be there, so I also have that feeling, that it will be a place I will get plenty of fine moments – I know I will be grateful for what I get. Smiles.

Joe, Thank you. I have spend a lot of hours working on the place, even I had it short time, so I’m happy for your words. I hope this summer to get more, hang out time. The garden will be in small steps, I have made the back part into a garden again, it was a wilderness, when i got it, for the rest I will try to be patient, so I have seen at least a year of life, before I change things. It seems we are app. on same time we are also mid winter here. We have a saying; come May, you sweet mild one, that’s where the summer starts, the fact is more end of May, before it’s really summer. The season starts April first in the allotment, that’s where they open up for the water again and we are allowed to sleep in the houses.

Mel, thank you, that’s exactly the feel I’m looking for. Big smile.

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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#14 posted 01-25-2020 04:35 PM

Such a cute little place…
It’s been a great joy to being able to help you out. Besides, it is fun working with you Mads.
Look forward to the next time.

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#15 posted 01-25-2020 06:56 PM

A follow up to the horseshoe.

It is said that a visitor once came to the home of Nobel Prize–winning physicist Niels Bohr and, having noticed a horseshoe hung above the entrance, asked incredulously if the professor believed horseshoes brought good luck. “No,” Bohr replied, “but I am told that they bring luck even to those who do not believe in them.”

Bohr hung them rounded side up!

-- Thor and Odin are still the greatest of Gods.

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