Shop Tour of an Traditional Workshop

I received many comments on YouTube asking to do a tour of my new shop and here it is. Welcome! The shop is equipped with traditional hand tools, hand powered and foot powered tools. I used them on a daily basis to restore rare old knives and cool old rusty tools.

FFD Restorations shop tour 2020
FFD Restorations’ shop


Before I moved in the new shop I was doing my restoration projects in a hobby room not bigger than 43 square feet (4 square meters).

My old apartment shop.
My old apartment hobby room.

Moving to the new shop was in late October and I had to renovate the floor, walls, ceiling and install the lightning. First video I started shooting in the beginning of December. The shop is 280 square feet (26 square meters) which is more than 6 times bigger than my previous one. I do not use electricity for tools except for the lights, ventilation, camera and heating the space.   

In the shop tour video below I am talking about the space, tools and future plans.

Please subscribe if you want to see more of my upcoming traditional restoration projects! And DON’T FORGET TO CHECK OUT My EXTREMELY Rare Old Pocket Knife Restoration Video:


I try to get many as possible and for the moment I have:

  • Milwaukee hand crank grinder produced by AMERICAN GRINDER MFG.CO. in USA in 1920s, by replacing the wheel I have grinder and polisher in one;
  • Bench hand crank drill press KEEN M. C. GOODING & CO. CROYDON, manufactured in England, I am not sure when is produced but I am guessing around 1960s;
  • Hand drill produced in the USA by Stanley No 122. Amazing piece, I use it all the time;
  • Big fine wet stone wheel for sharpening and grinding;

Also a few waiting to be restored like: hand grinders, sewing machine, hand drills, coffee pan …

Woodworking bench from 1940's
Woodworking bench from 1940’s.


These are extremely hard to find here in Norway and I am looking all the time for new pieces but for now in my new shop I have:

  • A 1940s Hobbies scroll / treadle / fret saw
  • Big fine wet stone wheel for sharpening and grinding;
  • Smaller sewing machine desk
  • Bigger sewing machine desk
  • Will convert existing lathe to pedal powered one
A 1940's Hobbies scroll / treadle / fret saw
A 1940’s Hobbies scroll / treadle / fret saw
Big fine wet stone wheel for sharpening and grinding
Big fine wet stone wheel for sharpening and grinding

And this one here is my future lathe project. I want to make a foot powered (treadle) lathe.

Lathe project
Lathe project

Thank you for reading, see you in the next one!
Stay safe and ATB 

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  1. Muchas gracias por este recorrido del taller.
    Estoy sumamente impresionado, he quedado encantado por lo bien que el proyecto está quedando; por que los talleres son como seres vivos, que van cambiando con las épocas siempre para mejor.
    Felicitaciones y que disfrutes mucho de este taller.
    Buen trabajo Sr. Boris, me quito el sombrero ante tan maravilloso lugar.

  2. Keine Ahnung warum mir erst jetzt dieses Video angezeigt wird. Egal. Wunderschöne Werkstatt. Fast wie ein Museumsausflug, so viel Tradition und so eine schöne Zeitzeugnisse.

  3. This is fantastic, I personally appreciate the fact that you’re staying away from power tools and keeping your channel how I initially was intrigued and thus subscribed!!!

  4. Museum of ancient and beautiful instruments ! I wish you good luck and prosperity! Музей действующих прекрасных инструментов ! Желаю удачи и процветания!

  5. Hi,

    really great work and a super Youtube channel, also I like you shop:-)
    I really enjoy watching your videos.
    I have subscribed to your channel from now on.

    Many greetings from Germany!

  6. Looks like you have a wall to display all your knives in the workshop. Have you thought about it?

  7. Hi,
    I love what you do for restoration. 😊
    I’m restoring a table grinding wheel too and I wanted to know what you put on it to polish metals? (polishing paste, disc, grain etc …)

    Thank you 👍🏻

  8. I like the new shop, well done. I am looking forward to more videos in the future

  9. I always had a love for old tools and after subscribing to your channel and watching your restorations I look at old things with a different view “ can it be restored and put to good use again as it was intended”
    My grandfather was an engineer and had his own brand of tools made under his name but sadly I don’t have any now since we moved to Australia.
    Happy and healthy new new year fir everyone on this channel.

  10. Nice, thanks for the tour 👌 Looking forward to the dremel conversion😁

  11. Enjoyed the tour! Thank you. I have been envious of your vise but cannot find it on the internet. Please advise the manufacturer’s name and the model .

  12. Wow your Workshop is like walking back in time seeing all the hand driven tools that most people don’t even know exist anymore and I love seeing the fact that you’re taking tools like that and actually using them and I would love to see the foot pedal driven Dremel tool that would be pretty impressive engineering

  13. The old pedal sewing machines will work if you can get the gear ratios up where you need them. The trick is that you have to be seated in a space where you can pedal with both feet for speed. Belts gears and pulleys will be needed to get it right. If you have the patience to do the trial and error, you’ll do fine.

  14. Very nicely done sir. An organized and Good clean shop produces an atmosphere of wanting to things well and right. It also helps that the shop owner cares about what he produces and you clearly care. After all, if you cannot take the time to do it right the first time when are you going to find time to do it over? Look forward to your videos in the future.

  15. Bro l want buy the hand drill can you give me the link to buy it from or alixpress or any store??

  16. Thanks for the tour, I love all of the foot powered machines!

  17. Really cool. Please video the process of you converting the sewing machine cabinets to foot-powered shop tools! Great content

  18. Thank You for the shop tour..I like old tools and enjoyed seeing all the hand power tools like the grinders and scroll saw

  19. So Beautiful Sir, add some rocking background music …🤗🤗❤️❤️❤️

  20. Very nice set up. Love what you are doing. You will fill that empty wall up in no time. Keep up the good work! 😃👍🏼

  21. And hey, what a great community on this channel! All the best, guys!

  22. A clean working environment is always a clear sign of a professional and organized mind.
    And indeed a lazy mind. Not willing to loose time searching “stuff”.
    The work isn’t over when the job is done. It’s over when everything is cleared and prepared for the upcoming task.
    PS. I personally learned it the hard way 😉
    PPS. Have a great 2021!

  23. Very nice shop! One idea is if you could hook up your drill press to pedal also.

  24. 👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍🖐️🖐️🖐️🖐️🖐️🖐️🖐️🖐️🖐️. México 🇲🇽🇲🇽🇲🇽

  25. Wow cool Shop With a Lot of Tools who need restort top ❤️👍❤️

  26. Wow what a great old man power tools and great video thanks for showing us the old tools and I like it very much see you on next restore

  27. looks good to me, plenty of room and some interesting ideas and future projects

  28. And finally we know tha voice… a selfie portrait picture cheering us all wouldn’t be bad also… Cheers mate…

  29. Приветствую тебя мой лучший друг Борис 👋👋👋 у тебя уютная мастерская, ничего лишнего, все на своих местах, мастерская правильно разделена на рабочие зоны, больше всего понравилось что ты пользуешься старинным оборудованием 👍 в целом ты молодец✌🏻 Хочу поздравить тебя с наступающим Новым Годом и Рождеством, желаю дальнейших успехов, счастья и крепкого здоровья 💪 🎄💥😁✌🏻🇷🇺

  30. I love hearing your voice and seeing you now. These are such awesome interesting things you showed. I love the old sewing machine my family has them too. Antiques are so awesome because they actually hold up for years they were built to last. I can’t wait to see u redo many of these things. Lots of things mean lots of videos…. And you def have plenty lol

  31. Finally. What a great video to end 2020. Hope you’ll have a far better 2021. Anyway, these are really great. I look forward to seeing you restore more of those tools. 😂 I bet it must’ve felt great to be in your workshop. 😭

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