Workshop Development #8: The plan moving forward.

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Blog entry by dbhost posted 05-27-2010 04:52 PM 1761 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Now at times, it may seem like my shop progress is going ahead kind of willy nilly, with no plan, which is anything but the truth. It may not be a FIRM plan, or even a GOOD plan, but I DO have a plan…

Now this plan is flexible, within certain limits of reason. Since I am limited by space, and the amount of tools, equipment, and supplies I am dealing with, for a broad range of projects, not just woodworking…

Now mind you, many of the steps in this plan are dependent upon OTHER projects or steps, and / or budget (need to BUY the stuff to do the project, or pay for the permit, hire the job, rent a storage unit etc…)

The steps to my plan moving forward are…

#1. Remove the fencing material from the shop to free up space. This means I have to finish burning out the stump, and building my fence… This will literally free up nearly half the space in the garage / shop.

#2. Install 2 remaining shop light fixtures, and patch any unneeded holes in ceiling sheet rock. Finish insulating south west overhead door.

#3. Remove, disassemble, and box up the white plastic shelving units. Put them on Craigslist or donate them to Habitat or something. I was going to use them in a shed, but decided that plywood and 2×4 shelving would be MUCH stronger, and more likely to hold what I want to store without flexing or breaking.

#4. Rent storage unit, move EVERYTHING from shop except building fixtures to storage unit.

#5. Pull permits, remove EVERYTHING from west, south and east walls, including sheet rock. Install sub panel, and circuits, get inspection. etc…

#6. Once energized, insulate and re-rock walls. South wall, space between doors will need some cosmetic wood repairs at this time, to accomodate A/C ducting. (Planning on using a portable A/C / heat unit to avoid any code or HOA problems, ducting it through this space to avoid going through brick.)

#7. Epoxy coat floor. I am still going to be using the Craftsman Anti Fatigue mats at each of my major workstations, but want the ease of cleanup, and creater contrast a coated floor provides…

#8. Paint walls and ceiling bright white.

#9. Install compressed air, and dust collection plumbing, air compressor, and dust collector setups. Compressed air plumbing is still undecided, but for a while, my DC plumbing is going with my original plan of re-using my 4” S&D pipe and fittings.

#10. Install lumber, and tool stacker racks.

#11. Build clamshell cabinet I designed in Sketchup. This cabinet is 6’ long, 18” deep, and 24” tall. It is designed to have overhead storage for my hand held power tools, provide storage for 4 39 drawer Stack On small parts bins, provide router bit and accessory storage (most of it anyway), and provide storage for hand tools such as saws, hand planes, measruing and marking tools etc… Mount to west wall close to water softener system.

#12. Modify wall workbench to have uprights on the rear that reach 6’ 6” to allow an upper shelf for more storage, and provide mounting surface for peg board. Also create dropped middle section to convert it into a miter station. Pre drill top on right hand side for machinists vise (to be held down by bolts with wing nuts) and left hand side for yet to be purchased mortiser mounted the same way.

#13. Move contents of storage unit into shop, and arrange per my sketchup design.

#14. Move non shop stuff that I CAN out of the shop. Part of my fence build includes a rack, and a pipe hoop to lock my canoe to. Move the canoe out…

#15. Finish build of wide drum sander.

#16. Pull permits as needed and build a garden shed to move the lawn and garden, and BBQ stuff out so that all that is in the shop is shop stuff…

Now this plan is likely to get tweaked a little bit here and there as things kind of go, and I discover something that doesn’t work as well as I would like, or funds are too thin or whatever…

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#1 posted 05-27-2010 05:22 PM

A big check list . It’s great to have a plan in place.

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#2 posted 05-27-2010 05:46 PM

It’ll probably be a couple of years before it all gets done to boot! Especially adding the shed…

I have the paint, and insulation for the walls already. I need to verify vapor barriers etc… And honestly, the epoxy coating on the floor may not happen. I might end up sliding everything one side of the shop to the other, work on one wall, then move to the other to avoid moving it all out. The shop is going to be biased pretty heavily toward the west wall since I want to, if need be, be able to move the TS out of the east bay and pull the car in…

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#3 posted 05-27-2010 09:51 PM

Well, at least you have a plan.Good luck.

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#4 posted 05-27-2010 09:57 PM

Thanks. Believe it or not, I really have come a LONG way since I started with just a bare garage and a few hand tools… But my shop growth got out of hand, so I finally drew up a Sketchup plan, and kind of penned down how I wanted to attack this whole thing…

What scares me is that I will be most likely missing a step that other steps depend on… Ick…

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#5 posted 05-27-2010 11:54 PM

i built my shop in Milwaukee in my basement. and frankly over the 8 years before we moved, there was always something forgotten, but because it was all on casters, an addiction of the lady of the house, things were easily re-arranged. It all had to be moved and put together in a new space. Looking at pictures taken throughout the evolution, I am amazed at just how often things changed or moved in my shop. As you work on different projects, you will find better ways to arrange your stuff. You should add a line to your plan; “think about the options.”

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