Making of the Workshop - Behind the Scene #1: Going Green

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Blog entry by Thuan posted 02-29-2008 05:02 AM 1475 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Things are finally coming together in my new place. I moved to my new house three weeks ago and had been working hard to get to the point where I can start on my workshop. Here’s the result of last night’s work. Fresh paint went on the walls after I removed the existing shelving nailed onto the walls twenty years ago. This color is the result of me mixing all the paint the previous owner had left behind into a 5 gallon bucket. Luckily my wife is happy with this color, she likes happy shades of green. We park her car on the other half of this garage, so a happy color is important to come home to after a long day’s work, it also neutralizes the mess I’m going to make.

The tool chest is place in the corner of the garage. It has predrilled holes running the length of it for adjustability. I figured I should design the storage system with plenty of room to grow since there are plenty I still have to learn and plenty of bad habit I have to un-learn.

If I want to be organized then I better make things easy to put away, the magnetic strip for my handsaws should help. They’re in easy reach, in theory should be easy to put away as well. There are lesser used saws in the chest.

The next step is to install a couple rows of French cleats so that I can hand things without having to drill new holes and find studs.

-- Thuan

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#1 posted 02-29-2008 05:10 AM

The way you pack everything into such a small place, it would be interesting to see you can do with half a

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#2 posted 02-29-2008 05:13 AM

Now that is some tight storage ideas. I may have to “borrow” some of them.

Have you had any problem with the steel along the side of the magnetic strip damaging the teeth on you saws?

-- Kevin, Wichita, Kansas

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#3 posted 02-29-2008 05:32 AM

You are making very efficient use of the space that you have. You have a very nice collection of hand tools too by the way.

Thanks for the post.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#4 posted 02-29-2008 02:27 PM

the second photo was a surprise—what a lot of extra storage!!
Everything looks so organized and convenient.

re: magnets .. did someone post a comment on here a while ago about magnets affecting sharpening or something? I can’t remember exactly.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#5 posted 02-29-2008 06:56 PM

Looking forward to seeing what projects come out of your little shop.

-- "Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life" Solomon

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#6 posted 03-03-2008 05:38 PM

Kevin, I’m pretty careful about placing the saw back on the strip, I’ve been doing it for years and on breakage. I have kinked more blades and broken more teeth on rushing a cut than anything else.

MsDebbieP, they suggest not to hang chisels on magnets since it would magnetize the blade and then makes it harder to sharpen. These saw blades cannot be sharpen and must be replaced. I wait for coupon or sale and stock up on these.

-- Thuan

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#7 posted 03-03-2008 07:22 PM

I knew I read something about magnets

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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