the broken carpenter #2: Little Red Wagon

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Blog entry by SquintyPolock posted 02-17-2014 01:16 PM 1295 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I took a LJ’s advice and installed another light fixture. Brigher is even better! And I love having so much room to work.

Today, I was re-building the boy’s wagon. I have room to perform my layout, use the router table, use the table saw, drill, and paint all without of having to put anything away! What a dramatic improvment from the old shop.

The old shop was so small, that I had to completely put everything away with one operation before I could start the next (God forbid I had to go back and repeat an operation due to some mistake). Now I can completely spread all over the place and it’s a joy!!

I am unsure how I am going to permanently lay things out, but as I use the space, it becomes more clear where things may end up. At the moment, I have three work areas:

Main work bench is a peice of plywood on saw horses. I use this area for lay out, measuring, and have the chop saw set up here.

Side table is my Aunt C’s old coffee table. She was going to throw it away several years ago and I snagged it and stored it in my backporch. It’s now a great little shop table. It’s too low, but I am going to extend the legs and think I will use it for a glueing & painting station.

The back table is my cousin B’s old dining room table. I traded her a couch for that table about 10 years ago. At the time, my wife really liked the table and my cousin was sick of it. It was our dining table for a long time. When we moved, my wife became sick of the table and told me to throw it away. So, I moved it into the shop. I use this table as a staging area for hardware, keeping things to the side, etc.

I am thinking about building one big bench in the middle of the room, but I like having three seperate benches for different kinds of work. The path forward will unfold.

More snow again, today. Ugh.

Thanks for having a read. J-

-- It's all in a day's work...

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