Time to make some changes to the shop. #3: Not much new here.... But time to make some room.

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Blog entry by AngieO posted 01-07-2014 06:54 PM 1957 reads 0 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 2: Step One - Get rid of the old built in bench. Part 3 of Time to make some changes to the shop. series Part 4: Hmmm.... What have I gotten myself into?!?! »

Well… I’m sure you are very surprised to find that I haven’t gotten very far on my shop changes. I’ve been so busy with the projects for Christmas and other things that I haven’t gotten far. But it’s definitely in the front of my mind.

There’s been no progress on the workbencch being torn out. In fact… the small section that I did tear out has now become a place that gathers… “things”. I did some shop clean up after the holidays. But it’s made me realize that I need to do an even larger clean up.

So here’s where I’m at… Today has been one of those days. School was cancelled. My older kids are at their dads but my youngest is home with me today. So we’ve been just chilling out today. He is 5 and very independent… which is why he’s made it very clear than I am to stay out of his way. Tried to watch a movie with him. Tried to play with him… He’s like.. .”mom… I’m going to play in my room. I dont need anything right now.” Come on.. what five year old talks like that? Mine! LOL.

So.. I’ve been watching him play and scouring the webs for ideas. Pinterest definitely makes the time FLY by. Soon he will be going to his dads and I will be….. IN THE SHOP!!!

Let me add this… We are experiencing a bit of a heat wave right now… yesterday it was -7 and today… it’s 9. So yeah… we are almost in the double digits. And here in Southern Indiana… an inch of snow and those temps means that there is no school and absolutely no bread at the local walmart. (weird enough.. no bananas either).

Luckily… the shop has a heater. So when i do go out.. it will be warm enough. The problem with scouring the web for ideas… is getting too many ideas. Right now I have plenty of bigger things on my list that I’d like to make. But my shop is cluttered. The first thing I need to do is make some progress on those scraps.

This is only a small pic of the mess. Of course I did clean up a bit.

But again… this is half of the stash. I have more 2×4’s stashed along with some 2×3’s in the rafters. And.. some more wood at my storage garage.

SO… I have ALOT of wood. I’d say too much… but that would just be wrong. There is no such thing as too much wood. That would be like saying I have “enough” clamps.

I actually have used some of those boards already. But as I looked for ideas today I focused on small projects that would allow me to use up those scraps. I plan on doing a lot of small “crafty” projects with them. And of course… some frames. It should be interesting.

Any suggestions of things that you’ve made?

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#1 posted 01-07-2014 08:05 PM

Ang, To start, rip some longer scraps for french cleats. Place them in convienent locations around shop. Make (chisel, screwdriver, hammers,etc,) racks. Then you can move them from place to place where needed,

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#2 posted 01-07-2014 08:07 PM

Glad you are warming up Angie. It’s actually getting above freezing here in Oklahoma, so things are melting. Ideas for scraps…small toys/games, puzzles, cutting boards, cheese boards, door stops, trivets, ... Steve Good has a ton of free patterns on his blog [email protected]
One of the things I like about Steve’s patterns, other than the free bit, is a lot of them do not require a scrollsaw. They can be cut with a band saw or a table saw/miter saw. The gum all dispenser for example!
Looking forward to what you come up with. Stay warm.

-- God bless, Candy

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#3 posted 01-07-2014 08:23 PM

Candy… Actually… that’s great. I have a friend that lives around the corner. She is one of my card making and Cricut friends. Her husband has a small shed shop and he is not longer able to get around. He’s been slowly dismantling his shop and when he found out about my woodworking he offered up his scroll saw to me. I just need to go over and get it. He told me about it around Christmas and I haven’t been able to go over there yet to pick it up. I bet I could use a lot of the scraps up on scroll projects.

whitewulf… I love french cleats. Good idea.

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#4 posted 01-07-2014 08:34 PM

Cool Angie! Warning scrolling can be addictive! Also, something the kids can get started on. I’ve seen folks here post their kids projects as young as 6 years old on the scrollsaw!

-- God bless, Candy

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#5 posted 01-07-2014 09:35 PM

Angie, Just caught up on your blog. Progress happens slowly trust me I know as I recently posted I am finally getting stuff out of my shop and also building some things in order to use up wood that I have had for way too long.

If most of that is pine, toys and games are always good. Plus, if you want the kids can get involved. I have done a number of kit like projects for my daughter that we assemble and she gets to paint. She has kept some and given some as gifts. There are a few posted here.

Good Luck with the shop clean up.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#6 posted 01-07-2014 11:32 PM

Angie, I think you need to make some box bins to hold your lumber. there is a lot of different ones here on LJ’s.
but, a 14×14 box with a 2 or 3 tall back would keep your wood organized and separated. and easier to find the type your looking for. an easy, needed project, for a snow day.

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#7 posted 01-08-2014 12:13 AM

Ang, go get that scrollsaw girl…it’s great fun. We can share adventures. :-)

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#8 posted 01-08-2014 01:24 AM

Today I couldn’t work in the shop because of James. He loves to go out there but gets bored quickly. He wants to make something. So I do need to look for some easy projects that I could make into kits. He’d do well hammering and using a screwdriver if I have all the holes predrilled.

You guys have all given me lots of ideas. :)

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#9 posted 01-08-2014 04:29 AM

After you tear out the old bench and build a new one you will come up with ideas to use up scraps for organization. Good luck and forget about being patient.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#10 posted 01-08-2014 04:54 AM

Angie, here’s a link to a dad’s tool box kit forbid toddler

-- God bless, Candy

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#11 posted 01-08-2014 12:48 PM

One step at a time. Slow and steady. :)

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

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#12 posted 01-08-2014 01:09 PM

Angie, if you have enough wall space for a wood rack you could store those boards horizontal freeing up more floor space, sounds like you need to have a shop cleaning party :)

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#13 posted 01-08-2014 01:28 PM

Um, that should read “for his” not ‘forbid’. Sorry! :-)

-- God bless, Candy

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#14 posted 01-08-2014 07:40 PM

Lol Candy… At first I was like… What??

I’m kinda trying to figure out if vertical or horizontal storage would be better for me. I do hate digging to the bottom of the stack looking for the right board. And with the vertical I can find things a lot easier. I thought about making one of those lumber racks that are on wheels that you can store your sheet goods along the back and has buns in the front to vertically store things. The problem now is that I knock stuff down and it ends up getting in the way. But I have a few buckets and trash cans for the little stuff that’s bothering me.

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#15 posted 01-08-2014 08:10 PM

Just a thought here, but when I seen the pic with scrap wood, the first thing that went thru my mind was there was alot of cutting boards waiting to be glued up. The second thing was there was alot of pens there. Do you have a lathe?

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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