Topics include a diary and thoughts on setting up and using a small shed as a workshop, using and improving metalwork tools such as a pillar drill and small lathe, home foundry work melting aluminium in a flowerpot furnace. You will also see reports of mechanical or technical items of interest that have been spotted along the way and there are plenty of links to other people who do similar things.
The blog has been running since the beginning of 2008, the website is run as a hobby. Please contact the Workshopshed if you find any errors or have any questions.
Hopefully readers are people like yourself, the blog is written for makers, model engineers, home metal shop, tinkerers, bodgers, DIY enthusiasts, fixers, metal artists, welders, casting enthusiasts (metal not actors), Steam Punks and people who are just creative or want to be. Even if you are not on that list, I’m sure you will find something of interest.
Machining and casting in particular are dangerous and caution should be used when reproducing any of the activities mentioned on this site.
Some of the articles may be written by or have contributions from a third party and any opinions given in those are their own as are those given in the linked sites. Given the temporal nature of a blog, links and information may be out of date by the time you read it.
Although I work in an office in the daytime, I am not without some background in the topics mentioned on the site. After some basic metal and woodwork at school, I then learnt machining, CAD and drawing in Cheltenham with the aerospace company Dowty. After having not done any machining for some years, I started up again early 2008 when I bought a new house and inherited the Workshopshed.
I have been soldering circuit boards since small and learnt gas brazing during a short course at Stroud College in the 1990s. I used both of these techniques when creating the “flea chariot”.
In 2009 I spent my long service bonus on an artist welding course at Chelsea College of Art & Design where I learnt MIG welding and created a metal sculpture. I’m now learning TIG welding by practicing and some help from the forums. Have been experimenting with casting aluminium, the results are getting a little better each time.
The website is hosted by 2020 Media and is run on the WordPress software. After a few years on blogger, the site was ported across to the site you see now.
Use of the site
Most website users are normal people and are using the site for the purpose of learning about making and repairing or getting inspiration for their own projects. Robots and spiders are also welcome to view the site for the purpose of adding to their search engines. Any other use that has not been approved in advance may result in access to the site being restricted or blocked.
All of the material you will see on this site is covered by copyright and should not be copied or reproduced without permission. The name Workshopshed and the phrase “making and repairing things in a shed at the bottom of the garden” should not be used without permission.
Comments are encouraged on the site but we do not tolerate spam, trolls or malicious comments. The site owner retains the full right to moderate, adjust, delete from, add to, or otherwise edit any comment at his sole discretion and to remove any comment from this site without notification.
Privacy and cookies
Any reference to products should be taken in context; there may be other products that are more suitable for your needs. Workshopshed may receive promotional items from suppliers, in such cases every care will be taken to mention this fact and to fairly judge the item however it is possible that the views may be biased.
To help fund this expensive hobby the site contains advertisements, the idea is not to make a profit but to pay for costs so a balance between content and adverts has to be found. The adverts on this site are provided by Amazon, Ebay Partner Network and Google. Workshopshed is a participant in the Amazon Europe S.à r.l. Associates Programme and Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, affiliate advertising programmes designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.co.uk/Javari.co.uk/Amazon.de/Amazon.fr/Amazon.com/Amazon.CA.
If you would like to advertise on this site and are not in the Google Adsense programme then please contact me and we can discuss a custom solution. At Workshopshed we are constantly on the lookout for quality content so would also be interest to hear about your latest products, changes in welding technology and success stories from people using your kit. Please get in contact.
Guest Bloggers and Contributions
If you wish to provide or collaborate on an article for the site then please get in contact, Workshopshed does not currently pay for any articles written for the site but full attribution and links back to your site or product will be given. There have been some top quality guest articles submitted so far. If you simply have a good idea for an article or a question then we would still be interested in your feedback.
The Workshopshed would like to get in contact with people with workshops or interesting projects to participate in Workshopshed interviews.