Fundit Crowdfunding

Fundit Crowdfunding

Only 4 days left, its all or nothing, please DONATE TODAY.

We are crowd funding to buy professional equipment for the workshop, machines that startups generally cannot afford to buy or house. All donations will go towards buying equipment and installing it. The more money we can raise, the higher the standard and range of equipment we can provide.
To get us started, generous supporters have loaned us machines for a short period. We now need to acquire our own permanent equipment.

The money raised will be used to buy a large format panel saw, and a planer-thicknesser.

€4,500 – Panel saw
€3,000 – Planer
€7,500 – Total

These prices are estimates based on good quality used machines. If we save any money on purchases or exceed the target, the remainder will go towards other equipment and tools such as dust extraction and a wide belt sander.

Bringing the workshop to this stage has been a lot of work and we’re sure that there are plenty more challenges ahead. But with the great help we’ve had from volunteers and the encouragement from supporters we know we can make an amazing creative space in Cork.

We really appreciate your support, thank you.

Sean, Fergus & Tony

Benchspace Opens Days for Cork Craft Month

Benchspace Opens Days for Cork Craft Month

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

The Big New Saw

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.

Saw unloaded.

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.

Volunteers complete doors in a day

Volunteers complete doors in a day

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,
Jan Lojack
Paul O’Brien
Derek Coughlan
Brendan Corcoran
Cian O’Driscoll
Tony Farrell
Peter Keane
Liam Murray
Joe Somers,
and Dermot Delany for the window screens,
Benchspace says a very big THANK YOU.

Call Out for Volunteers for Saturday 10 June

Call Out for Volunteers for Saturday 10 June

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.

Front door of benchspace

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