workshop in progress #1: Back to Woodworking after 3 years with no shop

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Blog entry by Cato posted 12-19-2015 02:23 PM 1259 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well, I’m back to woodworking which has been sorely missed. Job change, move, equipment in storage, and finally new house and a shop!
Much smaller space than I had before, but I can make it work.

400 sq.ft. 2 car garage that I share with lawn equipment and household storage. Since I have a 10ft. Ceiling I put in wall racks and shelves and went vertical to gain floor space. Overall I’m pretty happy with how it turned out.

My equipment fared extrememly well in storage, so very pleased about that! I can’t say enough about the WD specialist product that I sprayed on the cast iron. Goes on wet and then dries to a film. I just covered the top of my table saw and jointer with that linen you use to store rugs and drape over furniture to store it. 3 years later took the cover off, sprayed a little regular WD40 on the top, wiped off and put a coat of paste wax on and good to go!

So, this is left side with TS, jointer, bench, DC, and miter saw.

Right side I am still re organizing, and have, planer, compressor, router table, and sander to get a little better situated.

Really pleased that I had the concrete floor and block commercially coated and sealed. Amazing difference as it keeps moisture and humidity out.

So while I do have some work left, I am 95% operational. Thanks for looking and good to be back.

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Richard H

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#1 posted 12-19-2015 03:54 PM

It’s looking nice. As someone who spent about 3 years without the majority of his tools I know how good it feels to get back into the shop. Figure out a way to banish the yard tools to a shed if you can. It was one of the best things I did for my woodworking in a garage.

I did something very similar with my cast iron tools in storage except I put packing paper between the cover and the table tops. Came out with no rust at all which I was very happy with.

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#2 posted 12-19-2015 04:09 PM

Thanks, Richard, fortunately we need very few lawn tools and I was able to hang all but the mower. The yard is a postage stamp compared to the ones I have had in the past.

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#3 posted 12-20-2015 02:24 AM

Congrats, great looking shop and have fun

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

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