organization #1: moving jigs and green wood up higher

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Blog entry by Gary Fixler posted 02-24-2010 12:26 PM 2580 reads 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This is bite-sized post – not really a full post or anything all that interesting, but I wanted to document my ongoing efforts to make a 1-car garage into a world class shop, or whatever is as close to that as possible.

I finally drilled some holes in my resawing jig and hung some flanges and pipe nipples to get this thing out from under my feet all the *$#& time. I’ve tripped over this 50x now at least, and it doesn’t matter where I lean it. It’s always somewhere I’m going to absent-mindedly step:

resawing jig hanging up finally

I couldn’t find a place I liked for my baltic birch resawing fence, but here’s okay for now. It’s hung by a deck screw through a drilled hole:

resawing fence hung up

Here are the nipples and flanges along with some shelving equipment:

shelving stuff and pipe nipples and flanges

The shelving stuff was for this:

green wood shelves

These are 4 shelves intended just for green wood turning blanks. Whenever I do something like cut up an olive log into blanks, they tend to float around the whole shop getting in the way. Now I can stick them up here. I have a few small logs up there, too, but I’m hoping to turn them very soon. I was just glad to stop stepping over them. It was remarkable how much more open and empty the place felt just moving the few piles of these things up there:

green wood shelves

As I said, just a morsel of a post…

green wood shelves

I’m calling it: incremental organizational improvements.

-- Gary, Los Angeles, video game animator

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#1 posted 02-24-2010 04:18 PM

organization is great but….......the more toys and gizmos you acquire…....the more storage area you need and eventually… me… out of space to organize!!!.......your efforts are admirable….....keep up the good work

-- Doug, New Mexico.......the only stupid question is one that is never asked!........don't fix it, if it ain't broke!

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#2 posted 02-24-2010 04:30 PM

over ed looks good ,

( or over gary ) .

truth , justice ,

and the fixler way !

well done .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#3 posted 02-24-2010 07:02 PM

Good use of space

Thanks for sharing


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#4 posted 02-25-2010 01:46 AM

Great use of space. I’ve been in my new shop for about 2 years and I’m still organizing things. It gets better all the time and yours will too. The way I see it is you have to work in a place awhile to really see how you need things to flow.

-- Emmett, from Georgia

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#5 posted 02-25-2010 05:41 AM

Nice way to gain more space. It must be great to have a high ceiling!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#6 posted 02-25-2010 05:47 AM

It seems like everytime I put up a shelf, the dang thing is full already? I wish I could say that the shelves were full of wood and blanks though. It also seems like Doug said above….the more I organize…the more that needs to be organized….and over and over….Why is it that we never seem to catch up? Or is it just me?
That tripping thing happens all the time to me too….seems like I find everything on my shop floor to kick or trip over…LOL….maybe someday I can film it….it looks like woodshop ballet…with a lot of cursing thrown in…LOL

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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#7 posted 02-25-2010 11:40 AM

You’re on a roll now!! I’d just use 16d nails to hang the jigs. I’m pretty good at driving them everywhere there is a open spot ;-))

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#8 posted 02-25-2010 02:28 PM

Doug – I hear you! I’ve been unemployed for awhile now, and as such have had to cut spending to basically $0/ever. It’s amazing how much less appealing things look when I realize I can’t afford them and have to be super picky about what I pick up. The filling up of my garage has all but ceased entirely. I’ve even stopped picking up free logs, because I have so many now of several species and haven’t gotten around to them in too long for my liking.

Topamax – Oh man, I’d be too scared to nail into the rafters. This place is so rickety. The roof is extremly simple – just a cross beam nailed into a common rafter on each side, and only about 5 of them down the internal length of the garage. One of those cross beams had warped significantly and pulled right out of the base of one rafter by about 5”. It was just sitting on top of the wall on that side. I had to clamp it back to the rafter and drive some deck screws through both to secure it. Add to that studs on 24” centers and lots of see-through cracks in the gables, and I’m always afraid just hanging some shelving is going to bring the place down on top of me.

-- Gary, Los Angeles, video game animator

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