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Woodworking on a Half-Shoestring #116: Lumber and Cut-Offs Reorganization

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Blog entry by retired_guru posted 04-08-2020 08:37 PM 401 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Since my father passed on last summer, I’ve been cleaning out, clearing out, and reorganizing the dungeon workshop. I’ve made shop cabinets, added drawers to benches, made some carts, sorted fasteners and supplies. As I have mentioned already, it has been like playing with a Rubik cube, a sliding puzzle, where I’ve had to shuffle stuff around to make progress in any one area of the shop. I’ve accomplished a lot—my wife keeps telling me I have—and I do feel as if I am very close to being finished.

A major accomplishment has been the sorting/reorganizing of lumber and cut-offs I had stored in the basement and on both back porches. What a difference between now and the way it was before. I have a ‘95 Ford F-150 XLT with a full size bed filled to the top with the lumber to be taken to the landfill. This is what I kept…

The North room is the final frontier in the workshop. I hope to have the room completely resolved by the end of this month. I made a rack several years ago. Now I have stacked on it the cut-offs and small boards that survived the Great Purge.

Smaller cut-offs were placed in plastic containers. I was happy to see an old 5.25” floppy disk container be useful again.

Particle board and plywood are temporarily stacked against the side of the drill presses bench until I reorganize the two sheet goods racks—pictures later on in this post.

Some smaller plywood pieces are temporarily in an plastic crate. The grooved poplar boards in the blue Lowe’s bucket were salvaged from an old bureau I disassembled a month ago.

The main rack wasn’t designed well, nor large enough to hold and access all the long boards I had. I took everything off the rack and extended the arms. The left side of the rack (as you are looking at it in this picture) gives up to 10’ of support on the bottom shelf, 8’ on the 2nd and 3rd shelves, and about 4’ on the top one. The right side of the 2nd and 3rd shelves supports about 4’. The longest two-buys sticking out of the left side of the bottom most shelf are 12’ white oak pallet runners.

I was surprised to find I had this many 4’ pallet runners. I guess I will be making a lot of flower pot wheelbarrows and plant stands! (You can find pictures of these back in this blog.) I’ll have to make a rack for these…somewhere.

I inherited this bamboo collection from my late father. I’ve used some already in our garden, but I think there has to be a creative use for them in woodworking projects, too.

I’ve used up half of the cast-out 8’ long 5/8” melamine I acquired from Lowe’s a couple of years ago to build shop cabinets and drawers. The East and West racks are in need of reassigning and some cleaning out. I’ll start on that today or tomorrow. For now, the stuff is out of my way and no longer under foot.

The last rack is outside of the workshop, on a built-up landing underneath a stairway inside the back entrance. I’ve pulled some pieces out of the stash recently, so it needs to be reorganized, and I’m sure some of the boards will need to be discarded from adverse wood movement over time.

Getting there. I can see the light at the end of the..dungeon!

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



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lightweightladylefty

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#1 posted 04-10-2020 05:50 AM

Paul,

When you’re done there, you’re invited to organize ours!!

L/W

-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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splintergroup

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#2 posted 04-10-2020 02:44 PM

That is a mountain of work you’ve accomplished! I’ve tried several times and have yet to succeed, the stuff just keeps collecting 8^)

The biggest problem is now the perfect piece of scrap you need for your current project is at the back/bottom of the pile!

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#3 posted 04-10-2020 02:50 PM

When you re done there, you re invited to organize ours!!

L/W

- lightweightladylefty

No thank you! This obsessive concern with tidying up the workspace is both necessary and part of my weight loss plan. It’s working. Of course, I’ll have to do this all over again soon enough. ;)

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

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retired_guru

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#4 posted 04-10-2020 02:58 PM


That is a mountain of work you’ve accomplished! I’ve tried several times and have yet to succeed, the stuff just keeps collecting 8^)

The biggest problem is now the perfect piece of scrap you need for your current project is at the back/bottom of the pile!

- splintergroup

All so true. In my situation, I had accumulated a lot of pallet wood and discarded lumber over the past few years, and with just about that much down-time due to recovery from a serious injury, much of the lumber had warped beyond practical use. The scraps piles had grown a lot since I became active last summer, mostly from the renovations I’d made in the workshop. But yeah, a lot of work—my body aches are proof.

So you have already encountered the magical board at the bottom of the stack dilemma? :D

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

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#5 posted 04-14-2020 05:34 PM

Finally caught up on your dungeon overhaul from the beginning of your blog. It looks great!

-- Shawn, Saskatchewan

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#6 posted 04-14-2020 06:25 PM



Finally caught up on your dungeon overhaul from the beginning of your blog. It looks great!

- shawnSK

Thanks, Shawn. By then end of this week I will be taking pictures of the dungeon and posting them here. Nothing to brag about, other than I will finally be able to find and use what’s in it. I’m itching to get at the work that’s waiting for me.

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

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