Benchspace, Cork’s shared access workshop for furniture makers and fine woodworkers, will hold two open studio days as part of Cork Craft Month. Visitors are welcome to look behind the scenes and meet the makers who work at this exciting new maker space.
We’re open from 10am to 8pm both days on Friday 11th and Saturday 12th of August.
Hope to see you over the weekend.
The Big New Saw
We are delighted to announce the arrival of a large format panel saw at the workshop. A very generous supporter has loaned us this machine until we acquire our own, and we’d like to thank them very much for making it available to us.
Tony Farrell unloading on Thursday.
Robland Sigma panel saw now installed at Benchspace. It will commissioned this week.
For the woodworker enthusiasts (apologies to everyone else), this is a Robland Sigma 3200, a 5HP saw with scoring unit and a 3.2m sliding carriage. It has a cast table, wide outfeed and support tables, and a crosscut of 1300mm. The scoring unit and sliding carriage makes it especially suitable for sheet material such as plywood, veneered MDF, chipboard and also plastics such as cast acrylic. It is also suitable for ripping and crosscutting of solid wood. It has two stops on the crosscut fence and a separate mitre fence for -45 to +45 degrees.
This machine should be commissioned in the next few days and can be booked by members who have completed the necessary safety induction.
We did it, the front door has been removed, a new one made and fitted in one day. It just goes to show what you can do with a little good will and cooperation.
The door on Saturday morning.
Frame cleared out
Paul finishes the panel housing
Door parts ready for joinery
Sean and Brendan setting the doorjamb
Doors are hung, Brendan and Liam tweak the hinges
To all the volunteers who helped out yesterday,
and Dermot Delany for the window screens,
Benchspace says a very big THANK YOU.
A big thank you to everyone who helped to prepare the Benchspace workshop over the last few weeks. All that cleaning and painting has created a great inside space for our furniture makers.
Now we need another effort to make the workshop secure. We’re asking for volunteers this Saturday the 10th of June to help us with some fit-out work. We have a number of tasks that we hope to complete in a single day and we need all the help we can get.
Help us make Benchspace a reality.
The single biggest task is to remake the front door. The existing door has reached the end of its life, and we need to replace it with something more secure. Also we have work benches and storage that we need to complete. We will bring the materials and the tools, we need you to bring your energy and enthusiasm to help us complete the job. If you can spare an hour, or an afternoon we’d really appreciate it.
If you think you can make it, then please just RSVP to let us know. We’ll see you there. Thanks.
Sean & Fergus @ Benchspacecork.ie
Benchspace is delighted to have been selected to participate in the first Cork HackForGood. Many thanks to the Cork Foundation and Republic of Work for providing this opportunity. Teams of designers will give a complete upgrade to the branding, web sites and social media of the chosen projects, allowing them to tell their story to a wider audience and to ultimately seek support and donations for their causes. It all starts Friday morning in Republic of Work, can’t wait to see what they come up with.