Minimizing, De-Cluttering, and Simplifying The Workshop #9: Final Touches

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Blog entry by handsawgeek posted 02-01-2019 03:11 PM 1335 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Work on the new handsawgeek shop is progressing nicely, now that the ’heavy construction’ portion is completed.
The next step is to add all the little features that will make the space ready for use – installing electrical power to the benches, a surface mat, proper task lighting, and of course, an operational small stereo system.

A calendar and a few family pictures hang on the pegboard along with a project clip board.
I also mounted the small drill press on one end of the bench.

In the interest of trying to keep the benches somewhat neat and tidy, I have opted to not have too many tools hanging on the peg board or sitting around on the bench top. These will get relegated to the tool drawers. I will have to discipline myself to put things away after every work session.
These new benches will be used as a multi-purpose work station for my other hobbies: model rocketry and LEGO building, as well as for electronics, pyrography, and general small repair projects.

I’m not going to present any pictures of the cabinets with doors open, yet. They are virtually crammed to full capacity with all of the shop supplies and other stuff that I hastily had get to put away and out of sight.. There is no organization there whatsoever. Over the next few weeks, this mess will get dealt with shelf by shelf until I have everything just right.
With this new shop downsizing, I have definitely lost a huge amount of the storage space that I had with the old shop, so I will be forced to organize and arrange to the utmost of efficiency, get rid of a lot of stuff I don’t use or need, and refrain from hoarding more stuff.

Here’s a pic of the overall shop space….

As for the main woodworking bench, very little has changed there.
It is still designated as the HTOZ (Hand Tool Only Zone), albeit on a more compact scale.

I spent a couple of hours re-arranging the space below the bench top to adequately accommodate my collection of hand tools, clamps, jigs, and a small box of hardwood stock. Surprisingly, it all fit in that small space, while still being easily accessible.

Sometime in the near future, I plan to equip the bench storage space with a front panel which will hide all this stuff from view. Perhaps I will get further motivated to build a nice under-bench tool cabinet.

In the meantime, though, I need to get busy building that rocking horse for the grand-kiddo. He’s gonna be walking in the very near future.
So much to do……


-- Ed

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#1 posted 02-01-2019 03:36 PM

Looks fantastic

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#2 posted 02-01-2019 07:14 PM

Looks great! How big an area is your shop?

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#3 posted 02-01-2019 07:44 PM

That’s one nice looking work space and great you got some pictures cause it won’t gunna be that clean again, if your like me. LOL

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#4 posted 02-01-2019 08:05 PM

Thanks, All,
The overall shop space is 10’ x 13’ located at one end of an L-shaped basement.

-- Ed

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#5 posted 02-02-2019 03:29 AM

Looks like an office. Mine used to have features like this. Years later it’s just pure function and dust.

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#6 posted 02-02-2019 04:31 AM

Wow Ed!!

Nice update to the shop! I really like the functional arrangement that you have there.
Can those cabinets be built without the door so the can be used as shelves?


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#7 posted 02-04-2019 02:23 PM

Hi, Goose,
Thanks. Yes, the cabinet doors can be left off to convert them into shelf units. It’s a pretty versatile system.

-- Ed

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#8 posted 02-27-2019 01:46 PM

I’m late to the party, as usual…

So ‘Spic-n-Span’ clean! I’m stuck in my own renovations and organizing, partly due to health, and partly because I created such a mess in the process it’s overwhelming me. You’ve done so well. I wonder if I can afford to fly you to my place and have you help me tame my dungeon workspace? You need only bring your Indian Jones outfit and I’ll provide the rest.

Seriously looking forward to seeing how your setup works for you, and gleaning from it what could work in my own space. Thanks for sharing , Ed.

-- -- Paul: jack of all dreams, a master none.

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