Shop Remodel #2: Break it down to build it up. Day one.

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Blog entry by bearkatwood posted 11-23-2015 12:16 AM 2417 reads 2 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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In order for me to get my shop to where I want it, I first have to tear it apart. So that’s what I did today. In the midst of three projects I decided that I would finally rip the shop a new one in order to remodel it into a new better working shop. I moved probably 2 tons of wood today doing the dance I call the shop shuffle. I goes like this. First move that thing over there and then put it back, move it again with a little twirl and shake it all about. ;)

The old bakery table that I had been using for the last 12 years as my workbench is going to the back of the shop to create another assembly area. The lathe is going to jump across the isle and the router mill is going to take it.s place there. Hopefully now I will be able to use it instead of treating it like a treadmill that is a coat hanger. My paint locker has been overrun with junk and is a mess so I emptied it out and moved it to the front of the shop. I have created a corner for wood storage in the back and well yeah it’s a big job.

So here is the drawing of the AREA 51 tool cabinet and bench that I have been keeping secret. It is all going to be built out of maple and walnut. There will be a big wall cabinet to house all my hand tools with a plane till on the left and a saw till on the right. The bench will have a leg vise and wagon vise with hardware form benchcraft (wow that stuff is pricey). The bench will be a split top with the split going further to ward the back to be used for a stop for chair legs. There will be a board that will be attached to the top for flipping chairs upside down to work on. I want to give the bench large barley twist walnut legs and some inlay on the front.

So now you can see why I have been dragging my heels on starting this, but it is going to be fun. It is going to take at least three months to be done with it all, but it should make photos and videos nice to watch as well as being the most amazing work space I could think to have. The reason I wanted to make it so over-the-top is so when I go to my new bench there would be no way for me to rush through something having all this in front of me.
So there it is, wish me luck. I will be ordering the benchcraft hardware soon and I will have some bear paw hold fasts coming from black bear forge as well. I am going to spoil myself after working for 16+ years in dark caves, which reminds me I bought some 220v halogen lights from our local high school when they remodeled. Those should make it a lot brighter in there.
Take care, more to come.

-- Brian Noel

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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 11-23-2015 12:19 AM

I am doing a lot of “in flight” remodeling and rearranging. Good luck sir.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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Jason Leo

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#2 posted 11-23-2015 01:38 AM

Looks awsome Brian. I did some shop dancing myself today, must have been something in the air. Good luck on the future bench project.

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#3 posted 11-23-2015 02:09 AM

We so need to do this as well. Will be following along. Hope there is something in the air and I catch the shop cleaning bug.

-- God bless, Candy

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#4 posted 11-23-2015 03:09 AM

The bench and cabinet designs looks sah-wet! Please don’t compromise on them at all, I’m drooling over here.

-- -Dan

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#5 posted 11-23-2015 03:58 PM

Man, I really want this to be badass. I agree with Pez, don’t compromise any details in your drawings – this will be epic.

-- I came - I sawed - I over-built

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#6 posted 01-06-2016 01:41 PM

Area 51 cabinets? I’d call them Lothl√≥rien classic. These really give you a forest vib looking at them. You almost think they might be enchanted

-- bkseitz, Washington "if everything is going well, you've obviously overlooked something"

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#7 posted 01-06-2016 03:20 PM

I have never been an avid fan of the Lord of the Rings series. Of course I liked them, but it wasn’t until I recieved the commission to build the replica desk that I got into it. I have always been taken by the elvish furniture and it has the same organic feel as the Art Nouveau and Celtic lines I like. I in particular liked this seen and I NEED someone to commission a replica of those chairs.

Here are a few more pics that I really dig.

and wow

-- Brian Noel

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