My Workshop Cleanup Journey #3: Hey, look what I found in my garage. A Woodworking Shop!!!

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Blog entry by Joshua Oehler posted 06-24-2015 03:18 AM 2603 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 2: Building Complete and Beginning the Shop Cleanup Part 3 of My Workshop Cleanup Journey series Part 4: Overwhelming choices during another week off »

So I have had the last week off of work and have been trying to focus on cleaning and reorganizing my workshop. Now that I moved all of my non woodworking related stuff into the metal building I put up I was left with one hell of a mess.

After 1 solid day of cleaning look what I found, my long lost woodworking shop!!!

Of course that is not good enough. Now that I have all this room I want to better organize everything and get a better workflow. Time for some cabinets & benchtops!!

Does anyone have a track saw they want to give away? I am getting tired of this method!!

After cutting that all up it was time to break out the old Kreg Jig #LetsmakeJayBatesProud

I quickly learned that my massive assortment of Kreg Clamps (I have 3 lol ) was no where near enough!!

Before anyone asks this was not a mistake but actually planned. I decided rather than make 1 dedicated pantry cabinet I would make 3 30” tall cabinets and put them on top of each other. My reasoning behind this was 2 fold. First reason is that I thought it would be nice to have a couple 1 1/2” thick heavy duty shelves in the cabinet. The other reason (and main reason) was I wanted to kind of future proof this layout. If I ever decide to change my layout then I did not have to deal with a dedicated pantry. I could simply remove the face frame and use them as 3 individual cabinets if I decided too. This is also why I did not glue my face frames to the boxes. I just decided to have them held in place with screws & pocket holes.

All Trimmed Out

And now a worktop

You may have noticed that the last 30” of the top was not finished. That was because I had a game plan for that area. I decided that having an entire 10 foot stretch of completely flat countertop could prove useful at times and is almost unheard room in a garage workshop. My Rigid Sanding Station (That I should have by the end of the month) is going to sit at that end of the top. I wanted to be able to easily get it out of the way though if I wanted to so I decided to put it on a fliptop.

I just noticed while posting this that I did not have a picture of the completed fliptop so I will have to get that in the next blog update.

During all of this my Dust Collector angered me so I had to whip it in shape. It was in a craigslist deal that I had picked up with some other tools. I had originally just threw it up reusing the piping that had come with the lot. You can see the crapping aluminum piping that spewed dust from every crevice. I decided to use PVC. Also it came painted It also came painted in god awful Florida Gator colors with a Chicago Cubs sticker on it I also had to remedy that. I am a die hard Buckeye orginally from outside of Cincy so here is the new and improved Dust Collector in Bengals Colors!

I have plans to continue the dust collector around the shop but this was enough for the big tools for now until I get everything finalized and tools in their permanent locations.

Last but not least… I finally got the wood for my new split top roubo workbench milled up and ready for glue up! This was just a dry fit to see how the jointing & planning went

Also received the wood for my vises this week. Thanks Bell Forest!

Well next on the list is to get my hardware for doors & drawers for the new cabinets, get the top glued up and get the base together. Until next time!

-- - "But old news can change, as memories float downstream. So don't judge me by my failures, only by my dreams"

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#1 posted 06-24-2015 11:50 AM

Wow, isn’t it amazing what a week can do? Every time I clean up I just end up making a mess again. I wish I had the space you do as I am trying to work out of the third stall in my garage. I may have to “borrow” your ideas for the cabinets and horizontal surface though; they look great. Can’t wait to see the finished roubo!

-- Jake

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#2 posted 06-24-2015 09:16 PM

It looks to me that you have everything pretty well under control. Your shop is really looking good.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#3 posted 07-20-2015 04:55 AM

I was just checking out your blog and noticed some planks that look a lot like Pacific Yew?
I have been working on getting my shop into working condition, too much stuff!

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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Joshua Oehler

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#4 posted 07-20-2015 05:10 AM

Hey Andre, those planks in the background are actually cedar that I got from a sawmill out in Oklahoma. My in-laws live out there so I purchased it while on vacation and my in-laws hauled it to Florida for me when they came here on their vacation. I also have a little spalted hackberry I got there as well. I am planning on using some of that on my doors for my wall hanging tool cabinet.

-- - "But old news can change, as memories float downstream. So don't judge me by my failures, only by my dreams"

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