My Shade Tree Work Shop

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Project by Richard posted 06-24-2011 01:58 AM 2019 views 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

(Unable to upload pics in other areas… so I put it here.)
My “Shade Tree Work Shop”... It is made of wood, after all. Ha!
Go ahead and laugh… Yep… everything fits into ONE toolbox and ONE storage box…
Humble beginings for certain.
Most of you folks work in places that I totally drool over and dream of.
Hope to have a proper shop when I get moved to (Hopefully) Astoria, Oregon.
Peace and Blesssed be.

-- 'I sand, therefore, I am'. Richard. PNW.

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#1 posted 06-24-2011 02:51 AM

Love it. Gotta start somewhere!

While i have a few more tools than you, everything is on rollers and gets moved from the overstuffed garage onto the driveway. As long as its not raining. Kinda gets tough in the TX summers when the sun makes the tools too hot to even touch….


-- "You can tell the pioneers by the arrows in their back" -- Unknown

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#2 posted 06-24-2011 04:12 AM

Is that the shop super(visor) in front?

-- I'm not old. Just "well seasoned".

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#3 posted 06-24-2011 04:30 AM

Hi, Bill… Yes… Coolest day in about a week… 95. Triple digits coming back, tomorrow… 103. **

Oh, yes… He and the other two, make certain I keep everything focused and in line… Keeping THEIR yard neat and clean.
His name is “Ceasar”, after all.

-- 'I sand, therefore, I am'. Richard. PNW.

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#4 posted 06-24-2011 05:17 AM

Looks like a nice patio area. I think it might be nicer to be out there than closed up in a hot shop with no AC.

-- Scott in Texas

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#5 posted 06-24-2011 05:43 AM

Looks like a good shop area to me !
I like your four legged watchman!

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Roger Clark aka Rex

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#6 posted 06-24-2011 02:35 PM

The heat in Texas has started early this year, after midday it’s time to quit. Although your humble tool collection is small, you will be glad of that when you move to Oregon to set up shop.
The most important tools are your brain and your hands, make sure you don’t leave them behind, everything else is replaceable. :-)
Keep us all in the loop with your adventures.

-- Roger-R, Republic of Texas. "Always look on the Bright Side of Life" - An eyeball to eyeball confrontation with a blind person is as complete waste of Time.

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#7 posted 06-24-2011 03:12 PM

I’m almost 61 and I didn’t have a home shop until about 7 years ago when I closed in my carport. I had an old 2 door wardrobe on the carport that I kept my tools in and I did all of my work in the open carport, on the driveway, or under my favorite oak tree in the back yard. It all worked out ok and I actually made some fairly nice things here and there for the house and my family when I had time to do so. I’ve never had much spare time and mostly worked 6 or 7 days a week at the plant. Fortunately, I’ve mostly just worked a 50 hour 5 day week in the last 5 years so I have a little more time than I use to and I enjoy my little shop every week end.

You start where you are with what you have now, not with what you would like to have. Stick with it because you can do some nice things with your tools. Add to your tools little by little and when you get enough to make it worth while you can build you something attractive like a double door wardrobe to put your tools in. You can build you something like a potting stand that can double as a work bench. The wardrobe and potting stand/workbench with look attractive in your work space. Your work space is actually quite attractive and I think these two items of furniture would not detract too much from it. Of course to keep your dear wife happy you will have to clean up after your work and put your tools away. This is a good habit to get into anyways. Therefore may you be happy in your work. God Bless.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#8 posted 06-24-2011 03:51 PM

Looks good to me. I like the view. Gotta start somewhere

-- Gary, Little River,SC I've Learned that the Lord didn't do it all in one day and neither can I

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#9 posted 06-24-2011 06:28 PM

Morning, Fellow “Chip-Monks”.

Yes, at times it is nice to a distraction… especially when the roses, magnolias and jasimine are all blooming.
Otherwise, the fans just blow hot air and irritate the horse flies.
Being an Aussie, I don’t suppose you would know anything about those two things, would you?

WoodWrecker (That’s my middle name…)
Yep, he’s my buddy… keeps me under control… well, more or less.
If I lay a tool down, drop a piece of wood etc, he picks it up and leaves near the back door. Really likes to steal screwdrivers.

Too true! Unfortunately I don’t usually get to start until after 1700hrs. Thank goodness for the little shade I get.
Thought I had sold my house yesterday… nope… just some “Lookie-Lou’s”... oh, well… Oregon will be there and I will keep you up to date.

helluvawreck (?!) That sounds serious!

Sooo, it shouldn’t be that long before I have a proper workshop?! I am only three years behind you at 57…. geeezzz… I need to get ready for it don’t I?! :?) As I had mentioned in other posts, I am in the process of selling my place here in North Dallas and retiriing to the upper west coast so, less is more as far as packing, that is certain.
Appreciate the words of support… need all I can get.
Thank you, sir.
“Gotta start somewhere” Heck… I need somewhere to start! HA!

-- 'I sand, therefore, I am'. Richard. PNW.

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Mickey Cassiba

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#10 posted 06-24-2011 06:57 PM

I too work on my patio, although I prefer the semi-elite term ‘studio’! The tools live in a 7X7 rubbermaid shed and come out to play as needed. I do have my table saw set up in the park shop, so I’m cheatin’ a little.
The south Texas summer indeed came early…around March as I recall so early and late is the typical work schedule, although if I get into a turning jag, I will stay out until the urges passes…usually when the sweat and CA fumes start burning my eyes to badly to see. Dust collection here is no problem, nor is cleanup. Our steady wind carries away everything but the largest chunks before I can find the broom.

-- One of these hammers oughta fix that...

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#11 posted 06-24-2011 07:54 PM

Hi, Mickey. Yep… I tend to worry more about my work, water jug, saw, workbench… myself or a dog blowing away than I do sawdust. Mind you, I have caused a partial, solar eclispe before, simply by using the leaf blower to clean off the patio.

-- 'I sand, therefore, I am'. Richard. PNW.

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#12 posted 06-25-2011 07:03 PM

I started the same way only used drywall buckets and worked on a reclaimed spool/spindle from elec. co. wire.

-- Vicki on the Eastern Shore of MD

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