Time to make some changes to the shop. #14: Where I was... Some changes... and a little demolition.

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Blog entry by AngieO posted 02-01-2017 08:53 PM 3164 reads 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 13: Where do I start??? Part 14 of Time to make some changes to the shop. series Part 15: Demolition is over... now to organize the tools. »

Well… back in September of 2013 I started this blog about making changes to my shop. There have been so many changes. It’s hard to believe. After feeling really discouraged I spent this past weekend making more changes. I mean…. we got up that morning and I said… “hey… we are going to do this!”. My poor children had no warning.

So let’s look back for a second. Here was my “Shop” back in 2012.

Yeah…. you are probably saying that doesn’t look like a shop. Well.. that’s what I had. I gathered these pallets up and stacked them up for a bench. I also had some folding tables that I would pull out. But this was how I started.

And these were my very first tools.

Moving along… when I first started this blog my first and second post was about tearing out a built in bench. It was ugly and more importantly… not functional. (Sorry for the poor picture quality… but i couldn’t find the actual pics so I just pulled them off of LJ.s). But here was that bench. You can go back and read my second blog in this series to see more pics of how that went.

I look back and I remember how excited I was to get to this point. But… that’s about as far as I got on that project. LOL. But… It didn’t stop me from making changes.

Here is what my shop looked like in April of 2013. This was the spring after I moved from the pallet bench outside to inside of the garage.
I had the full built in back in the corner. Those kitchen cabinets. A freezer in the corner. And all along the right hand side that you can’t see… stacks of totes of “stuff”. Stuff that didn’t belong in a “shop”.

Fast forward to February 2016. A lot changed in those three years. I had moved things around, painted some of the OSB white, added some lumber racks and a big change…. all the kitchen cabinets were taken down. It made a drastic change to my shop. As well as… no more “stuff”. This was now a “shop” not a “garage” that had a shop in it. It was my dedicated space. A lot of changes since my last blog post in May 2015.

So that leaves me to the present. Can you guess where we started this past weekend? Remember that old ugly built in bench that wasn’t very functional? Yeah… you saw the pics from back when I started to tear out the first section. But… since then… this is what it had become….

The pegboard was warped and you could only use some of the holes. The bench was too high and not deep enough to do much. I had some storage but it just wasn’t a good use of space. So generally… it just was a mess.

I just woke up Saturday morning and I KNEW… that thing had to go. My shop was cluttered. It was unorganized. It was poorly laid out. I had been happy with the changes that you see above. But the layout was just lacking something. I wasn’t happy with my miter saw stand (an old set of kitchen drawer cabinets on a mobile base). I wasn’t happy with where my table saw was either. I had all this space and generally would pull my saw horses out and anytime I needed to really use my table saw… I had to pull it out and it would be right in the way of the walkway to get to the rest of the shop. Also… no outfeed. It was just a pain. So… we started tearing out that bench.

So.. sadly… I didn’t get to do much of the demolition. I’ve been having some health issues and dealing with Vertigo so I wasn’t able to do much. But… after we got to this point….. that pegboard HAD to go! Not this…. I was able to do. I had some help with the upper part from my 6’4” son (since I couldn’t get on ladders)

A quick trip to the store for some OSB and the ugly built in is GONE forever.

So… then it was time for clean up. I’ll save the finished product for my next post. This one was way longer than I expected. I really do miss being on LumberJocks. I hope I will get to be on here more and more often.

Thanks for hanging with me till the end of my babbling. LOL

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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 02-01-2017 09:05 PM

Hope you feel better. Good for you involving the children. Teach them to work with their hands.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 02-01-2017 09:08 PM

Looking Good.

Great progress. Shop looking good already.

Next you need to build a tool cabinet. Just saying.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#3 posted 02-01-2017 09:15 PM

nice to see it finally coming together ….... GOOD LUCK :<))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN :<))

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#4 posted 02-01-2017 09:17 PM

My hope for my next build is for a miter station. I have all the things that were on the pegboard in various places all over the shop. I have some things that were on french cleats… clamp rack, drill bit rack, drill & charger shelf, and some other things. Some are still in their places. Some are just sitting on the other bench waiting for their new home.

I’m really just waiting for the miter station before I start my tool cabinet… or tool wall…. or whatever it ends up being.

Thanks for the comments. :)

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#5 posted 02-01-2017 10:26 PM

Good to hear from you again Angie … Shop is coming right along, and be sure to paint the OSB white then hang whatever you want …
You’ve done with “make do” for along time glad to see you are making it yours.
I built my shop new 4 years ago and I’m still redoing things. a shop is never done, they are always evolving.

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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woodshaver Tony C

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#6 posted 02-01-2017 11:03 PM

Nice to see you back here on LJ’s Angie. You sure are one determined woman! Great to know the kids are helping you.

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#7 posted 02-02-2017 01:59 AM

Wow, what a wonderful change there has been, improvement is awesome

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#8 posted 02-02-2017 02:05 AM

Looks like you’re making some good progress getting your shop the way you want it! Once you have it set up the way you want, you’ll really enjoy working in it. It really is a joy to work in well-set-up shop!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#9 posted 02-02-2017 03:57 AM

HEY Angie,

Don’t know if you heard the phrase used by Virginia Slims a cigerette aimed at women…”You’ve come a long way baby!” And Vertigo is quite dibilitating…so…you’ve come a long way from where you started. Thought about you awhile back. Glad to see you’re back. Nice to here good news about old LJ Buddies.

I remember when you started working in a commercial woodshop., and your excitment when you got a new toy…ah tool.

Nice modification. Keep it up.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#10 posted 02-02-2017 01:25 PM

Good to see you’re still kickin’ Angie. Sounds like life has starting to look up in the past couple years, and like Martha Stewart says “That’s a GOOD thing”.

Sometimes just clearing out and area to be able to START the demolition can be daunting in itself. So like the AA folks say “One day at a time” which can easily be converted to “One STEP at a time” when you’re faced with any of life’s challenges.

It’ll get better ! Keep the faith girl, keep the faith !

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#11 posted 02-04-2017 04:51 AM

Looking good Angie.



-- Cliff Australia : Snoring is good. It blows away all the Sawdust.

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#12 posted 02-04-2017 03:20 PM

Thanks for all the encouraging comments!

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#13 posted 02-18-2017 08:16 PM

Hope you feel better soon. You’ve come a long way. One step at a time. Shops are always evolving.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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