Floors “A”. My shop is a multi use shop. Having a hot piece of metal
rarely happens, but does happen. Hot ring out of the tweezers, ingot
off the charcoal, raising missing the pickle bucket. A dirt floor
would be nice but its out of the question. Most of the way I make a
living is by Diamond setting and Engraving.
Diamond hit the floor and grow legs. Engraving chips are always on
the floor and have to be swept up and sent to the refiner. This means
I work cement. The cement is painted one colour (light grey) that
shows up fallen stones the best. It also means that was are fully
finished with base boards and quarter round trim that is fully
cocked. If there is a crack or hole a diamond will find it. Living in
Canada, in winter the floors get cold. Working on carpet is really
nice but a full carpet is also out the question. Stone disappear in
them and the same with engraving chips. So I use carpet remnants.
Tight pack carpet samples. There cheap and can be turned
over and whacked. Anything in them falls out. The biggest plus is my
feet stay warm in January. There not bad to stand on either since
Ventilation “A”. I do my own casting in my attached garage. On
casting day my wife use to mown about the smell. She had me remodel
the kitchen so I inherited a nice stove hood. This I hooked up over
the kiln and vented it through a window with a removable dryer hose.
It works great in the winter. It’s easier and faster to just open
the garage door in the summer.
For you real die hards that insist on a dirt floor. Living out in
country we have a lot of farm by products. Hard packed dirt floor
can be made by to farmer for a bail of hay and to abattoir (butcher)
for some cows blood. You mix this with fine dirt (not soil, no
organics) water, hay for binder, and some cow blood in a cement mixer
and pore a 6 inch thick slab.
From what the old timer tell me it stand up pretty well. I think
I’ll keep using concrete.