Workshop Overhaul #4: There is light at the end of the tunnel.

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Blog entry by docholladay posted 07-31-2011 02:26 PM 1464 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 3: The shop is really a mess right now. Part 4 of Workshop Overhaul series Part 5: A new wrinkle. I will try to get some photos this weekend. »

Well the shop overhaul is making progress now. I got a lot of work done the past two weekends. All of the electrical is done (no more seaching for a place to plug something in) and the lighting is all installed. It is much brighter. I am going to enjoy that. At this point, the main thing left to do is to get stuff put away again. All of the big tools are in their new homes. I need to get a mobile base to put under my jointer. Since I don’t have a big dust collection system. I typically roll it and the planer out in the driveway when I am using them. Right now, the main thing left to get the shop back to some degree of usefulness is to get stuff moved back into the cabinets (and off of the top of my table saw. I started to get everything back up on the peg board yesterday. There are a few projects that I intend to build that will help. 1) I’m going to build a new saw till that better accounts for my back saws and smaller saws. 2) I need to build a new plane till. I’ve been looking on LJ’s for ideas here. I probably will actually have to build 2. I am concerned that one would be too heavy. I may make one for my bench planes and then a separate one for my block and specialty planes. 3) I need to build a wall mounted charging station for my cordless tool battery chargers and to store the extra batteries. 4) Chisel rack that allows for some growth of my ever expanding collection of chisels and gouges. Another important task is to go through and decide on whether or not to throw away some items. We all have it. Piles of stuff that sit in the corner and collect dust. It may be a few smalll scraps of wood that just seemed too good to throw away (you know you’ll need that little 6’ piece of pine someday). All of those little partial cans of paint or finish. Miscellaneous pieces of hardware, nuts, bolts, screws, pieces of this or that. Anyway, I know that I am going to pare back on the collection, but deciding what stays and what goes is going to be a fun process. I already decided to get rid of all of thos plastic cases that my handheld power tools came in. I never put the tools back in them so apparently I don’t intend to use them anylonger. I have drawers and storage places for those tools already, no need in wasting all of that space storing plastic tool cases. All I know for sure is that if I don’t get the shop to a point where I can use it to complete some of the honey-dos on my list, I’m gonna be living in the doghouse (and we don’t even have a dog).


-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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#1 posted 07-31-2011 04:15 PM

Sounds great could you post some pics?


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#2 posted 07-31-2011 08:50 PM

Sounds good, Doc. Pictures would be great.

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