The cluttered shop #1: Re-Doing my shop

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Blog entry by Bagtown posted 01-17-2012 06:29 PM 8997 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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So, like many others, I’m hoping by recording my journey publicly here it will help me to actually achieve some of these goals.
I like many folks out there have been laid off and am actively pursuing employment everyday. But I still find myself with extra time on my hands. So I’ve found myself in the shop more and more. I made some Christmas presents, and birthday presents, and I think it’s time to reorganize the shop. I’ve recently bought a used jointer and a new bandsaw and find myself crowded in the shop. When I looked around to try to figure out why, I made a realization that was news to me but maybe not to you. The “shop” has become over the years where everything that doesn’t have a home ends up. As well, I’ve finally realized that there is a difference between “carpentry” tools, and “woodworking” tools. Now that may sound odd to some of you, but for me it means all of my portable power tools like drills, skill saws, nail guns, etc. don’t have to live in the plastic suitcases that I bought them in. I did carpentry work for a few years and all of those tools generally were in plastic boxes moving from worksite to worksite. These tools can live in a drawer or cabinet here in the shop these days. As well tools like sawzall and power planers rarely get used here in the shop and are more at home somewhere else. I’ve also noticed that I have plenty of plumbing and electrical tools and tidbits that really have nothing to do with my wood shop, perhaps a corner dedicated to those sorts of things is in order.

My shop is about 14’ X 24’ with a 4’ X 8’ bump out at one end.

I still have some purchases that need to be made, like a dust collection system, but for now I have to pretty well work with what I have. If I manage to get the shop in shape and perhaps make a few sale able items then I can put some of that money towards some new things for the shop. In the meantime, I’ve created a list of things that will mean more to me than you, but hopefully this will become someplace for me to keep them.

In no particular order. . .

Build out feed table
Finish chalkboards (cafe job)
Wire new switch for tablesaw
Build storage shelf for sander and sandpaper
Build drill charging station
Hang old kitchen cabinet on wall
Remove old wood stove (this weighs a lot)
Build bookshelf for woodworking books
Build workbench

So I think I’ll try working on hanging the cabinet today and see where that goes.
I took some pictures this morning and as soon as I find the dongle for my iPad that lets me download pictures, I’ll post some recent pictures here to show you what I’m working with.

edit: here’s some pictures, I’ve crowded all the tools on one side and am rethinking the layout


-- Mike - In Fort McMurray Alberta

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#1 posted 01-17-2012 06:37 PM

No pictures.. it didn’t happen.

If you post before pictures then you can see how far you’ve come.

Besides, it’s my contention that an organized shop is the sign of a very sick mind. At least that’s the story I’m going with.

Good Luck to ya!


-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#2 posted 01-18-2012 03:31 AM

Yeah, we need pictures to compare to our cluttered shops and garages. Mine is a single car garage in an apartment and I fit an economy car, Harley davidson street glide, and all my tools. its tight. First goal when I get into my own place is a shop with a little more space.

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#3 posted 01-18-2012 08:34 AM

it’s fun to get organized. and good luck on finding another job.

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#4 posted 01-18-2012 04:13 PM

Looks like a wonderful shop with plenty of light.
I will follow and see the steps as you go.
Sorry about the job situation, but then you will have time for the shop for a hopefully short while.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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