Uncovering My Shop - Finally

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Blog entry by mot posted 10-14-2018 03:09 AM 1249 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After years of house renovations and my shop behaving like a huge vortex of doom, sucking in every misplaced, displaced and disavowed object in the house, I have finally dug out my shop.

We started renovating our main floor and kitchen almost 8 years ago. After two lawsuits and a heft insurance claim we finally got that reno done. My shop seemed to be the only place that my family members could figure out to put their crap. It became a disaster. It was so bad that looking at it just paralyzed me.

About year ago we got a pinhole in a copper pipe that transited directly above my shop. Surprisingly enough, that made things worse as my shop has a…sorry, had a finished ceiling. To get at the pipe, I went at my ceiling with all the precision of a car jacking. Luckily there was no water damage to tools but you can imagine the mess I made locating the pipe.

I sort of cleaned things up…sort of and left it for another day. Four months ago my wife called me home from the lake because the ceiling in her home office had developed a significant sag. Another pin hole. Super. I did some inspection as this was the main floor of the house but soon realized that locating this leak wasn’t going to be straight forward. I called a carpenter friend of mine who called a plumber friend of his and we decided to just replumb the entire house. I moved my family to the lake and let my friends lose in my prize 2 story English Tudor house. Three days later the house was replumbed. No damage to the main floor except for the ceiling that sagged. That was dropped to access new routes for plumbing. I was pleased and we decided to reno both upstairs bathrooms while we were at it.

What does this have to do with my shop you ask? Well, the new plumbing also used my shop as the major pathways to chase pipe upstairs. It was, afterall, already a disaster. Now, however, it was a crime scene. The Tasmanian devil could do no worse.

About a month ago I dug out my lathe and my son turned a pen. I refreshed my memory of my cocobolo allergy and now my family calls it Ebola Wood. I have more to say on all of that later as I found a couple of new dust filtering gadgets that are affordable and work.

The cleanup involved several bags of junk, dust, critters, webs, things I didn’t know what to do with, what they were for or didn’t remember why I had them. I found tools I forgot I had, tools I forgot how to use, tools I never learned how to use well, and tools that I’ve never taken out of the their packaging.

Here is a 30 second video. I’ll redo my shop tour at some point soon as soon as I reacquaint myself with all that stuff.


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-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#1 posted 10-14-2018 03:31 AM

Wow, time to make sawdust and chips

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#2 posted 10-14-2018 12:16 PM

Sounds like you’ve been through some challenging times, Tom. I hope things start running a little smoother for you. Good to hear from you, my friend.

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#3 posted 10-15-2018 01:33 PM

Amazing! Still no dust on those tools after all these years. <g>

-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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#4 posted 10-15-2018 02:31 PM

Ah Bob, salty as ever. <g>

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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