Workshop Development #69: More shop cleanup. Making progress. I forgot I had some of this stuff!

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Blog entry by dbhost posted 12-27-2013 04:12 PM 1515 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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It wasn’t a lot of time I could get in the shop last night, but it was enough. I managed to get most (not all) of the mechanical project materials out of the way and stored where they belong. I had new tools that were purchased for the project, specifically a Harbor Freight ball joint press, and a set of 4×4 adapter cups that needed to be stowed that I finally managed to find a place for. And somehow I still have a friend’s Harbor Freight R134A manifold gauge, hoses, and can tap. I am going to need to use it on my Saturn, but I thought I gave it back to him a year ago… So I called my friend up, and he is, well not that worried about it… Oh well…

But I digress.

Tonight is going to be a bit messier. It would appear that an old tube of wheel bearing grease got out of a box, and managed to get stepped on. So tonight I need to get in there with a trash can, some rags, and some, well I am not sure. Brake Cleaner, or mineral spirits or what, but I need to clean that grease off my floor!

If the mudding and taping were already done, the area where the dust collector lives would be ready for it, it’s stand, the separator, and the small air compressor to move back in. I really ought to get rid of that little 8 gallon HF compressor, but I would hate to see it go to waste. If there are any LJs members in the Houston / Galveston metro area that would be interested in picking this up on the cheap, drop me a PM and make me an offer. It works great, and I have added an extended drain pipe / bleeder valve to make it easier to drain…

Anyway, once I manage to get some room to work in that area, I can mark, cut down, and trim the holes in the next piece of sheetrock. My studs aren’t ending up at exactly 8’ so I am ending up having to do some weird trimming… How this house ever passed inspection is beyond me, but that is another discussion…

Once that panel is in place, the remaining panel only needs to be cut out for the electrical outlets.

Depending on the weather, and the specifications for the expanding foam, I suspect I will have sufficient time / weather to get the expanding foam insulation sprayed in between the garage doors so I can start buttoning up that section.

If you can’t tell from my recent posts, I am starting to get very encouraged by the progress I have been making, within the last week in the shop, but in the last several months throughout the house. I am at the point house wise, that LOML is inspired to let me get the shop finished. She wants me to refinish the kitchen cabinets and I have convinced her I need shop space cleaned and set up for that. You know to strip the doors and drawer fronts, to cut out a 3/4” ply insert and make some cleats to replace the once wet now badly warped particle board base under the kitchen sink etc… And last but not least, once the shop is cleaned and configured per my design, the big upright deep freeze moves out of the kitchen and into the shop. (A pittance in room to pay to get the power run the way I wanted it, especially since one of our projects not too far down the road is a shed to move all of the lawn and garden care stuff into…).

I do have a couple of additions I need to make room for somehow, one is a small dorm room type fridge that I used to have under my desk at work. The other is I need to design make, and store a foldable gaming / poker table. It is infrequent that I do this, but I do enjoy a good cigar and scotch when playing poker with friends. I don’t do this more than twice a year though… (For good reason!)...

I am thinking that at least when the construction and mechanic project debris is cleaned out, then I can get in and snap a photo or two to appease those that need to see pictures… It is encouraging to have progress though!

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#1 posted 12-27-2013 05:02 PM

Hearing your story makes me glad that in spite of my shop being rather small I don’t have to share it with anything that isn’t related to woodworking. I’m not saying this to gloat but just to remind myself how lucky I am, especially thinking about the many thousands who have to share their shops with washing machines, dryers, cars, freezers,garden tools, bicycles, etc. In my fantasies I even see the authorities taking my driving license away because of my age, which would allow me to get rid of the car and take over the garage as a workshop extension! Greed can put some strange and impractical thoughts in one’s head. I’m looking forward to seeing some photos of your new shop.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#2 posted 12-27-2013 05:38 PM

Well to be completely honest. IF I had a bigger back yard, and could get it approved by the HOA, my ideal shop would be a 24×48 building, 2 stories, with a dedicated man-cave / music room upstairs, and the shop downstairs with a dedicated finishing room, and dedicated compressor / DC closet. Financial realities being what they are, my best hope for maximum space and security is the garage and boot out as much as possible. The freezer will be situated such that it is taking up otherwise dead-ish space anyway. I designed the miter saw, and magazine / book cabinets to accomodate for that…

The fridge is going in because I want to keep cold beverages close at hand when working. (Got a serious Arizona Tea addiction going here…)

Even when I have to play lawn mower Jenga, I feel absolutely blessed shop wise compared to so many folks that, well use a 10×12 shed, or one bay of a garage or similar. Yes my garage is oddly small for a 2 car garage. Some sadistic freak at some time said sure, 18×20 is a 2 car garage. Maybe 2 1980s Toyota Corollas, or even current Camry’s if you don’t care about being able to open the doors all the way to get in or out… But I digress again…

I had toyed with the idea in the past to put up a 12×16 gambrel roof shed with 8’ sidewalls to dedicate to a shop, but floor space would be too tight. If I continue along the path I am on now, I will have 18×20 dedicated to the shop minus the space used by the freezer and water softener, I have designed around those items and should have no real problems with that.

I know LOML, the HOA, and the city would be less than thrilled with it, but I could in theory toss up a quick & dirty 8×8 shed on skids just to get the lawn and garden stuff out of my shop. Heck if I keep the roof peak height under 8’, the city will change the classification from “building” to “box”, meaning no permit, no permission required. It would be out of view of the HOA unless then trespass onto my property, so that leaves LOML… The tough one…

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#3 posted 12-28-2013 12:13 AM

Sounds like things are coming along quite well. I hear ya about the size of 2 car garages, that is a major reason I am in the basement.
Planning on taking some time in the next month to do a good bit of shopping cleaning and hopefully reorganizing myself. Look forward to seeing your pictures and some ideas.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#4 posted 12-28-2013 04:26 PM

My home shop is a good item, only sharing room with the furnaces and HW heater. I did get the freezer moved into an alcove on the garage 6 months or so ago. I have also installed 220V in that space for a bandsaw. Just haven’t got there yet.

Here in La Conner I have to move the van out to work in the garage, but like I have said before, it is a generous size garage, and has little stored in it. We don’t need a lawn mower, for instance. There is a small alcove like space that was designed to fit the HW heater and furnace, so they are out of the way.

I have a 3’ x 16’ alcove to store a fixed workbench, a shelving unit, and the Rigid TS. In front of the cars I have about 4’ of space that currently holds my bandsaw and torsion box bench parts. I will make a miter saw table with storage underneath in the space in front of the cars. I have some peg board there, and will probably put some wall mounted cabinets on that wall eventually. The garage, not including the shop alcove and the furnace and HW alcove is 22×21 feet. Moving the van out gives me a 12×22 foot space to move my TS, BS, and torsion box bench into.

I am really looking forward to see what your shop looks like, and how it will affect your ability to do work. You were crippled by the lack of power, and other issues. Mike puts up with a small, but dedicated space, and I certainly have more elbow room than Mike even here in La Conner. So I am not complaining.

A garden shed will do wonders for your clutter. In Anchorage we have we have a large garden shed that holds all kinds of things, and frees up a lot of space in my shop and the garage.


-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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