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Blog series by CaptainKlutz updated 07-05-2020 10:48 AM 6 parts 6430 reads 15 comments total

Part 1: Oh No! Forced to Move, and Set Up Another Work Shop!

11-30-2019 03:43 AM by CaptainKlutz | 3 comments »

This is blog about the journey to convert a normal useless garage (in a rental home) into functioning wood working space. As well as any interesting shop projects that might happen along the way. No promises to make it interesting, or funny. But I promise it will full of Klutz mistakes, stupid human tricks, and the occasional oops, when the bird of paradise carps on me as it flies overhead. Long story short: I got sick 6 years ago, and haven’t worked full time since. Forced int...

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Part 2: Converting Wasted Garage Space into a Storage Attic with Hyloft Racks

11-30-2019 04:50 AM by CaptainKlutz | 3 comments »

Welcome back! :-) Several weeks ago I added Hyloft storage racks to my garage ceiling. Find these to be great use for that empty space above garage doors. Have been using the same racks for 10+ years in 4 different garages since I bought my 1st couple. I currently own (5) of the 45×45 sized racks total. My newest garage was a challenge to install the racks for two reasons. 1) Only have 9’ ceiling, and with 7’ garage door; only leaves ~18” of available space....

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Part 3: Adding Wood Storage to Garage!

11-30-2019 06:03 AM by CaptainKlutz | 0 comments »

Today’s blog is about storing wood in garage with limited space. I completed this work about a week ago. Since area above the garage doors is already designated as ‘attic’ space for house hold items in blog post #2, that space is gone. Only option is to use a wall rack. Bought a pair of 48” tall 6 shelf lumber racks from Woodcraft on sale ~15 years ago, and like everything else that old in my shop; they have been used in 3 different homes, and now get installed...

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Part 4: Power! for Woodworking Tools in Garage

12-09-2019 09:11 AM by CaptainKlutz | 2 comments »

Was able to partially remove one task from shop to do list this past week: Power Upgrade! This blog covers the details. Currently garage has ONE 120v outlet. It is GFCI outlet that shared by both bathrooms, and (2) outside outlets for things like Christmas lights. Have already popped the breaker when I attempted to use circular saw, while wife had curling iron on inside. Lack of power stinks, and must be fixed. My list of shop tools needing 240v power includes: 3HP Unisaw, 3HP pla...

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Part 5: Still trying to clear space in shop for room to work

01-24-2020 07:57 AM by CaptainKlutz | 5 comments »

Sorry it’s been awhile since last post. Between holiday events, stubborn head cold, reoccurring migraine issues, and general family fun; nothing exciting has happened in last month, although there has been slow progress? Sorted through ~ton of old paper files, and books taking space in garage due to downsized office. Recycled 80% not needed in today’s digital age. Found project files dating from late 70’s when Dec PDP11/70 computer was considered a super computer. Y...

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Part 6: Slow Progress, Delayed Reporting, but we do have progress!

07-05-2020 10:48 AM by CaptainKlutz | 2 comments »

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 so...

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