Converting a Garage into a Wood Shop + #6: Slow Progress, Delayed Reporting, but we do have progress!

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Blog entry by CaptainKlutz posted 07-05-2020 10:48 AM 726 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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Sorry for slow updates to this blog. :-)

Life changes during Covid-19 pandemic is my official excuse, doesn’t help that chronic fatigue health issues randomly slow me down.

Hardest part of the pandemic changes was wife now has home office, and my college son was kicked out of dorms and came home too. The kid stays up all night, and gets very upset when I start working at 6-7am to avoid the AZ heat. His bed is on wall shared with garage. :-0) Wife has also been not happy with some noisy construction or metal working activity while she attempts conference calls. These further limit my shop time. :-(

As teased in last entry, build a shed to make more space in garage.
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Understand that most folks post blogs on big projects, then share the project? Sorry I am not normal.

Couple of other updates happened to shop while I was building the shed.

Neighbor helped me run a couple of more power wires over top and across the garage ceiling/attic space, and now have power on opposite wall of garage. Due to having a couple of dormer sections to garage roof, and 3ft clearance; no way my old fat claustrophobic back side was climbing around up there. Took us < 2 hours to pull 3 wires, thanks to his assistance. Best part of my neighbor helping is he installs network/audio/visual equipment for living, and does low power wiring everyday. Only thing he complained about was 10/3 solid copper was lot harder to pull than Cat6 or CATV. :-)
Difficult to show the wiring upgrades, as I didn’t stop for pictures. All it shows is have 2 more 120v circuits with outlets, and another 30A 240v?

With all power stuff complete, I patched up the access hole(s) in walls, added splatter texture, and painted to match. Neighbor came over to inspect and pick up his 24 pack payment for the assistance, and commented if he hadn’t been there; would never known the garage wiring was not part of house originally.

This additional power in garage let me move my compressor and cord reel out of the ‘work’ space to opposite side of garage. Almost have enough space to build something now. With all power tools pushed out way, it looks like this:

Another addition was LED lighting, and ceiling fan (not installed when I took picture, but can see hole?).

There is now enough light in garage that I can work after dark. :-)

3) Current project underway is reducing the wasted space for lumber scraps and sheet goods.
This is not all of it, but it looks like this now:

With some luck over the next couple weeks, plan to move it all into a mobile lumber cart.
Picture of current progress:

Sorry it is made from steel, not wood. Happens when you own a welder, lol. I wanted the cart structure to use as little space as possible? The base plate with casters weighs over 100lbs, and should be stable enough to store sheet goods with stuff on bottom shelf.
Just finished fitting and welding the shelf supports yesterday.

Still have to add the anti-dust holding expanded wire shown in picture resting against the wall, and paint it.
Plan to use the expanded metal a couple inches up the sides of shelves to keep stuff from failing out as it rolls around too.
If my math is right, will gain back 50% of the current floor space wasted on scrap wood, plus it holds 2 more buckets worth
Just hope it is as useful as it looks on paper?

Once this lumber cart is completed, the largest of my shop build out projects will be completed; and I can get back to working wood!

Pretty excited to begin working wood. Picked up some roasted red oak (sitting against wall above – lol) that needs to be turned in to something cool as holiday gifts. There is only 5 months till Christmas!

Thanks for reading!
Have a Great Day!

-- If it wasn't for bad luck, I wouldn't have no luck at all, - Albert King - Born Under a Bad Sign released 1967

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#1 posted 07-05-2020 01:48 PM

Hi. from Glendale. I moved from PA and garage shops. I have had much to learn. the code here said a 200 q ft building so I have a shed shop. Not all I wanted but I learned how hot the garage can get. So I don’t work so much in the shed as much as with the double doors open and under the canopy facing the yard. I have my blog on this. maybe some thoughts for you. I had my plans to insulate the garage and the cars go out, lost that to the family. Its been some real learning. Best wishes. My misting fan has been great and I look forward to late Sept and Oct temp changes. I have a blog going from the shed build to a bookcase build now. Thanks Hal.

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