Evolution of a Shop #5: Good news, bad news. Short night, long day.

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Blog entry by Cory posted 02-03-2010 08:07 AM 3581 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 4: Miter saw/drill press bench almost complete Part 5 of Evolution of a Shop series Part 6: Phase 1 complete....I think. »

It’s almost 1:00am and I’m sitting down to tell a bunch of people I’ve never met about the progress I’ve made on a space they’ve never been in. How wierd/addicted am I with this???!!! As you can probably tell I’m a little loopy. We had a sprinkler go wet last night at 3:30am so I had a short night/long day.

Anyway, I managed to finish up most of the items for the bench. I put up the french cleat and hung some cabinets. I also attached a little bit of trim and cut the pieces that will be drawer fronts for the toe kick drawers. That’s the good news.

The bad news is that I’ve created a huge mess of all the stuff that used to be in all those cabinets. I’ve got stuff EVERYWHERE that needs to find a new home.

I’m too tired to even think about what’s going to go where. I’ve still got A LOT of work ahead of me to get my shop back in order. It’s off to sleep now. I’ll tackle some more items on the list later this week.

Thanks for looking.


-- The secret to getting ahead is getting started.

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#1 posted 02-03-2010 08:14 AM

Good start looks like a nice shop.


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Rick Dennington

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#2 posted 02-03-2010 08:37 AM

Greetings Cory….. Hey——- you’re making good progress. Just don’t worry about getting everything put away. It’ll be there…. it ain’t going nowhere. You’ve got forever to take care of it. The worst thing you can do is burn yourself out and fretting about it. Take your time, relax, and enjoy what you’re doing. There’s no rush.
Look at this way….. when you’re all through (you never will be, tho), you’ll wish you had something else to do. So slow down, and pace yourself. Remember….there’s other things to do besides woodworking all the time. Been there…...done that…..

-- " There's a better way.....find it"...... Thomas Edison.

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Tim Dahn

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#3 posted 02-03-2010 01:04 PM

Been there too Cory, last spring a water pipe broke and had water allover the shop so I feel for you.

-- Good judgement comes from experience and experience comes from poor judgement.

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#4 posted 02-03-2010 03:39 PM

Rick: You’re exactly right. I know I need to enjoy the ride, and that my journey is never really finished. It’s easier said than done, though!

Do you guys think I should paint the upper cabinets white to match the base cabinets? I’ve got a buddy with a sprayer, so it wouldn’t take much effort.

Thanks for the nice comments and the advice.

-- The secret to getting ahead is getting started.

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#5 posted 02-03-2010 10:15 PM

Nice looking job Cory, really cool, I like every thing you’ve done so far.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#6 posted 02-03-2010 10:21 PM

looks like good progress Cory.. sometimes it’s like Tango, 2 steps forward, 1 step back. but you’re still dancing ;)

I wouldn’t paint the upper cabinets, it actually creates a nice balance with the wood and white cabinets and adds a little character to the setup.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#7 posted 02-03-2010 11:10 PM

Nice changes. It will be extra nice to work in such a nice space.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#8 posted 02-12-2010 12:59 AM

After quite a few years in my shop, knowing where everything was with my eyes closed…I moved and had to start over. I know what you’re going through. Do it slow and deliberate, so the location of every single thing will be intuitive to you.

-- Its a HOBBY...I already have a job.

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#9 posted 05-13-2010 01:07 AM

Nice miter saw bench.

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