A new begining #2: I have too much stuff

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Blog entry by lumberjoe posted 05-21-2013 03:09 PM 2810 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Step 1 - relocation Part 2 of A new begining series Part 3: Far from done, but workable »

I got sick of tripping over my 30+ clamps. Since none of my tools were set up yet, I need to make a clamp rack using a circular saw and cordless drill. This is far from elegant, but does the trick. Also this space is right near the second garage door entrance, so it was a good use of useless space

I also decided on a location for the drill press, lathe, spindle sander and sharpening system

The lathe and DP are plugged into the wall outlet. I’m going to run a short 12awg extension cord from the ceiling outlet to a heavy duty power strip for the sander and the grinder

I also built a 3’ x 6’ outfeed/assembly table out of 2×4’s plywood, and tempered hardboard. I played around with some super ghetto joinery here as I wanted to get it done quick. Rather than cut half laps in the 2×4’s I just doubled them up and sandwiched them in. This is probably the sturdiest shop table I have ever built.

Now to deal with the rest of this disaster on the other side of the garage


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#1 posted 05-21-2013 04:37 PM

Looking good.
What about insulating and sheet-rocking the walls before you get too much stuff hanging on them.

-- Bert

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#2 posted 05-21-2013 04:39 PM

Not going to happen this year. Given we lost about 30k on our old house and had to get this one in a matter of weeks, our savings took a serious hit. I know I should insulate and drywall, and I will, but that is simply not in the cards right now. I’m lucky I still have any tools :)


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#3 posted 05-21-2013 05:16 PM

I think someone’s going to save egg crates to insulate the shop… ;)

-- Thomas - there are no problems, there are only solutions.

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#4 posted 05-21-2013 05:30 PM

wait a minute…. you can see the garage floor? – you obviously do NOT have enough stuff…

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#5 posted 05-21-2013 09:56 PM

great to see your shop coming along.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#6 posted 05-22-2013 02:50 PM

A new Shop space is a ‘Blank Canvas’ limited only by your imagination.

While the walls are open and accessable would be the perfect time to install more outlets than you think you’ll ever need and don’t forget to make some of them seperate home run circuits for the 13 – 15 amp tools.

4 years ago we moved to our new home and I built a 25 ft. x 25 ft detatched 2 car garage as a dedicated Shop.
I wired 20 wall outlets on 8 seperate circuits and 6 ceiling outlets on 6 seperate circuits, 3/lights, 3/stationary tools.
By the time I finished I had pulled 700 ft of 12/2 with ground to a new 100 amp service panel with room for 22 breakers of which I have used 12 (including the outside outlets and lights). All breakers are 20 amp.
Overkill? ...I think not.
With the electrical run and the insulation completed the walls are still not covered with OSB as of yet because I wanted to ‘test drive’ the shop for a year in case I needed to reconfigure anything.
3 sheets of 1/4” pegboard temporarly store tools to keep them handy and a few storage shelves for lumber and larger items. This has allowed for a few ‘Changed my mind’ tool stand relocates.
For the most part, outlets are like clamps, seems you can’t have too many.

So enjoy planning and laying out your new Shop and take your time, you’ll not regret it.

Work Safely and have Fun. – Grandpa Len

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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#7 posted 05-22-2013 02:56 PM

I like a neat organized shop because I really do have to much stuff.


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#8 posted 05-25-2013 10:32 PM

Working on the ghetto workbench today. I really need a workbench – like now, so this quick and dirty one will have to do. Once I make a nice bench, this is going to replace the awful “bench” that was already in the back corner of the garage.


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