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My new shop doesn't stay organized for very long, and now everything has to be moved AGAIN to install the insulation in the ceiling. Those rolls of insulation are taking up too much space on the ground. Still have to stain the outside too. Always something to do.

Here are explanations of the photos shown in photo gallery below:
1) I section the shop off in the winter with a plastic curtain so that I only heat the "working" side. My pick-up and ATV (and beer) get to stay in the cold half.

2) I picked up a couple of old metal base cabinets from GoodWill, painted them, and made a top out of 2×4's. It is pretty sturdy, and provides a cheap working and storage area. This is what I am using until I get my "real" workbench constructed. I have all the lumber for the new one, which will be 12' long and have shelves and drawers. I have to learn how to make drawers.

3) New rolling work bench and the wheeled bottom I made for my wire shelves. The table comes in very handy. The shelves store my wood products that are ready for sale.

4 & 5) Drying Rack on wheels. Each "shelf" comes completely out so that I can place small wood parts upright to dry. There are holes drilled every inch where I strung through nylon cord to support the wood parts.

6) Lots of Stuff: Ripping Table. After many failed attempts, I finally built it, and it works! I wish I knew how to upload a video so you can see it in action. The table slides two ways. There is a video on my PhotoBucket page if you can figure out how to get there. I also made a new fence that is angled so that the small pieces of cut wood roll off to the back so that they don't roll into the moving blade and bing me in the face. Dust Filter modification: The metal bag support broke off, and now the bag is held up with a twig, because I happen to have lots of those laying around. Way in the back is a small sanding station with a small belt sander and a place for orbital sanding.I love my 22-44" open ended JET drum sander.

I just made a slide show at PhotoBucket. Check it out.

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congrats! sounds like a good solid foundation for a new beginning
 

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Sandy, this certainly looks like a good start on your shop. I will be looking forward to seeing your progress posts.
 

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Looks like you will have a fine shop.
 

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Great start look forward to up dates.
 

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Congratulations on the shop. If you are anything like me you will come to appreciate the distance between house and home, er I mean shop! Fewer interruptions.
 

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Thanks to everyone for their comments. Everyone here at LumberJocks are the best. I am officially a dirt mover this weekend (see pictures and notes above). I don't dare move all my stuff through that muck. It's hard to get good help these days. Wouldn't you think when you hire a guy to haul in some dirt and level it out he would know what he's doing? Wrong…
 

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I didn't know anything about PhotoBucket until just now.
Boy did I just kill a bunch of time figuring it out…....and I'm not sure I did it right.
Let me know what you think of some of my inventions. Thanks, Sandy
 
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