Setting up my new shop #1: My new shop

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Blog entry by Henrik Oscarsson posted 05-15-2012 10:17 AM 1728 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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i am so excited and happy !
I got a new shop!

I live in an appartment in central Stockhom,Sweden. Not in the absolut central part, but central enough to have problems finding a place for me to do some woodworking.

i have a house in the country where i spend most of my weekends and holidays and i do have a workshop there but when i am at the country there is not much time to do woodworking. There is always something to fix and with a big garden, well… the time just flies away.

So i needed a space here in stockholm where i can escape the stress and world outside for a while and do some woodworking.

For about six months ago i found a free space in the basement. A room next to our laundryroom in our building was free and i asked if i could use it, they said – yes i could borrow it until anyone else wants to use it.

of course someone else wanted to use it, it didnt take long before the superintendent got questions about the room and i had to leave the room a few months ago.

The superintendent has now made it bookable for all to use.

but i needed something more permanent, i needed my very own woodshop. after advertising online and calling every landlord in the neighbourhood i almost gave up. nothing was avalible to a reasonable price.

And last week it happened, a free space in the basement in the building next to our, and the price was fair :)
I took it!

its not that big , actually it is small, but it is MY NEW WORKSHOP ! :)

4*4 meters 2 windows and just 50 meters away, it could not be better!

ok it looks a bit rough but it got the potential to become a wonderful creative shop

i cant express i words how glad i am, and i am so excited to start setting it up.

i will keep you updated.
you can also see more info about my new shop at blog link to blog

happy thoughts

/ Henrik

-- Henrik - Stockholm, Sweden

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#1 posted 05-15-2012 11:39 AM

Good luck to you in your new shop.

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#2 posted 05-15-2012 11:53 AM

You have a lot of potential there and 13’X13’ isn’t that small. I’ve been in smaller.


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Henrik Oscarsson

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#3 posted 05-15-2012 12:12 PM

- Thanks a lot guys :)
Oh i am sorry if i gave the impression that i think my workshop is too small, It is much bigger than the temporary room a had earlier.

this one is perfect for my needs

-- Henrik - Stockholm, Sweden

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#4 posted 05-15-2012 04:00 PM

I hope the windows can open for ventilation!

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Henrik Oscarsson

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#5 posted 05-15-2012 04:23 PM

SirFatty – the ventilation is always a problem in small basements but in this case the ventilation in itself will not be the problem, i have an oversized ventilation duct that goes up in the building so thats ok but it´s an old house and my worries is that it will transport noice to the appartments above. so maybe i have to make my own ventilation anyway, but that day that sorrow

-- Henrik - Stockholm, Sweden

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#6 posted 05-15-2012 06:01 PM

Lycka till med din nya verkstad!
Nice to see another Swede here at LumberJocks. You’re a lucky guy finding a space in Stockholm for a reasonable prize. 16m² is not that much so make a plan before it will filled with good-to-have things.

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Henrik Oscarsson

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#7 posted 05-15-2012 07:58 PM

Tack Gengaskokaren!

yes a plan is necessary, I found, after i tip here at LJ Grizzlys workshop planner Perfect tool to ensure that all “good-to-have-things” fits my compact shop.

-- Henrik - Stockholm, Sweden

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#8 posted 05-16-2012 02:55 AM

Congratulations on your good fortune. Happy Shavings.

-- Every cloud has a silver lining

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