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· In Loving Memory
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Slatwall storage system, homemade, switching from Pegboard.

I started on this shop building project shortly after I retired.

I'd like to show you what I've accomplished so far.

My garage measures 20 X 24 feet, & I wanted to partition out a shop area.
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In order to have a shop 8 feet wide, I had to resize my garage door from 12' to 9 '

Notice the car hiding under a warm blanket of snow.


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This is the floor plan. I don't get much garage space, but my car sits outside all of time anyhow.
Its used mainly for storage.



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I only had a 7' ceiling so I made a vaulted ceiling over the shop area.

I converted the 2×4 rafters to 2×10s by screwing 9 1/2" plywood gussets to 2×4s.

Taking advantage of the vaulted ceiling I added 3 small bubble skylights. I really love those skylights.
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Even with their small size, 16" x 16" they give a lot of natural light.

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Exterior, showing the skylights.


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I got this old natural gas furnace for $25, I have to shut it down when the outdoor temp gets over 50, because the pilot light makes it too warm. You may notice the 2" PVC pipe trap connected to the furnace. I blocked the indoor vents so it draws in combustion air from the outside
I hung it up high for added floor space.

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My shop has been in such an awful mess I decided to do some revamping for better tool storage.

I've had pegboard, but have never liked it very much, so I've been looking at whats called Slat wall paneling.

It's pretty expensive though, for a 4X8 sheet close to $200.
This is an example of the store bought panel.

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I came up with a poor mans way of doing it.
I made a slat wall out of this pine paneling, I had it in my wood supply.
I had paid $4 a pkg. that covers 14 sq. ft. I think you can get it for about $6 now.

I cut the tongue, & grooves of, & rounded the edge.

I ripped some to 1 1/8" wide furring strips, & this is how it turned out.
I painted the background green for a contrast.


Now I have a couple more walls to do, then I'll start hanging tools.
One great looking shop Dick. I guess soon you won't be "snowed under".
 

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Slatwall storage system, Homemade, paneled walls are done now.

This is a continuation of #5 in this series.
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I have the slat wall paneling completed.

Now how am I going to arrange my tools? I bought the material at Lowes.

It's 5/16" X 3 1/2" X 8'

14 Sq ft. in a package. Other big box stores handle similar products.


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This is the last wall, I ripped my boards in half to 1 5/8". I like it better this way. There's more slots for arranging tools. The space between the slats is 5/16". The furring is 1/4" x 1 1/8"

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Some of the tools hung, but I suppose I'll be rearranging them as I go along.


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I also made a hanging bracket for my pipe clamps.

They used to be all over the place. My other clamps are on the same wall too.


Notice the pile of cut pieces of Brazilian Cherry flooring. I can hardly wait to get stared on my next project. They're all cut to the proper length already.

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I bought these glass reinforced nylon hooks from, outwaterplastics.com.

They were about 1/3 the cost of steel, but they're plenty strong enough.


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I made some brackets for heavier things by epoxying the nylon to some flooring.





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Good for hanging my handscrew clamps


Now if I can get rid of all of the clutter I've accumulated over the years, I'll be all fixed up.
Very neat Dick. The timber slats really add to the look.
 

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Installing Oak Parquet flooring.

One of the main reasons I put the new slatwall system in my shop,

was because my Son brought me some Parquet flooring he had salvaged from his job.

He couldn't see throwing it in a dumpster,

so he brought it to his "Dumpster Dad".

I couldn't put down a fancy floor without doing something to the rest of the shop.

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I laid some out to see what it would look like.


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I put down some 7/16" Oxbord for underlayment, because the old floor was kind of springy.


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I had to shift my equipment to one end, & do a portion of it at time.

I ended up laying it across the short way. I think it makes the narrow shop look wider.



I,m glad I have casters on most of them. It made it much easier.


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I had to stop here yesterday with about 3 more feet to the end,
because I have to trim off the bottom of the door.


I think it'll be much more enjoyable playing out here now.
Thats one neat looking shop Dick.
 

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I had to make some parquet tiles yesterday.

I misjudged the amount of tiles I had, so I manufactured some more yesterday.

I guess I miscounted the bundles I had made up.

I couldn't find any to buy, so I made some.

I made about 60 more tiles.

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This is the area I have left to do in one corner of the main shop area.


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Here's some views of the tiles I made.

I used some Black Ash instead of Oak, but it's what I had in my stockpile.




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I planed the boards to 1/2", then cut them to 3" X 9". Then chamfered all the edges.

A long drawn out process. The Ash look similar to Oak. Good enough for a shop floor


Looking good Dick. Nice job.
 

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Today, I laid the tiles I made

I glued down the tiles that I had made.

I'll have to wait a few days before I can stain them.


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You are a man of many talents Dick.
 

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Today, I renovated my dust collector canister shaker

I told you what happened to me the other day about my sawdust storm.


You can check out my forum topic about this.

Whenever I had to operate the cleanup flappers, I had to climb a ladder.

It was really awkward.

Besides that I could only turn the lever a little over 180 degrees,

because it is located in a corner.

So I put my thinking cap on, & jerry-rigged a cranking mechanism.

I dug around in all of my stash of junk, & found just what I needed.

The pulleys, & belt came from an old clothes dryer.

I was recently going to throw them out. Now I'm glad I didn't.

The shaft for the drive pulley is a steel dust mop handle, just the right size 7/8".

I had to break down, & buy a few parts.

A 3/8' drive universal joint socket, so I could use my speed wrench for a crank.

Also a couple of 10 MM nuts, so I could have something to clamp the driven pulley onto.

All in all this project set me back $5.00


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Here is the before image. The top of the canister is 9 1/2 feet high.


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This is an image of my new cranking mechanism.


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This is the final installation, & it really works great.

At first I thought it may crank hard with the driving pulley being larger, but it turns quite easy.

With this set up, I get a lot more vibration because it turns much faster..




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By the way, I never showed you pictures of the corner of the shop floor completed.

I still have to finish the L area of the shop. I decided to move my lathe in there.
Great solution Dick. I'm a bit like you, hate throwing things away that I might use one day.
 

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Today, I renovated my dust collector canister shaker

I told you what happened to me the other day about my sawdust storm.


You can check out my forum topic about this.

Whenever I had to operate the cleanup flappers, I had to climb a ladder.

It was really awkward.

Besides that I could only turn the lever a little over 180 degrees,

because it is located in a corner.

So I put my thinking cap on, & jerry-rigged a cranking mechanism.

I dug around in all of my stash of junk, & found just what I needed.

The pulleys, & belt came from an old clothes dryer.

I was recently going to throw them out. Now I'm glad I didn't.

The shaft for the drive pulley is a steel dust mop handle, just the right size 7/8".

I had to break down, & buy a few parts.

A 3/8' drive universal joint socket, so I could use my speed wrench for a crank.

Also a couple of 10 MM nuts, so I could have something to clamp the driven pulley onto.

All in all this project set me back $5.00


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Here is the before image. The top of the canister is 9 1/2 feet high.


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This is an image of my new cranking mechanism.


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This is the final installation, & it really works great.

At first I thought it may crank hard with the driving pulley being larger, but it turns quite easy.

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By the way, I never showed you pictures of the corner of the shop floor completed.

I still have to finish the L area of the shop. I decided to move my lathe in there.
Very true Dick. We are doing the community a service.
 

· In Loving Memory
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Today, I renovated my dust collector canister shaker

I told you what happened to me the other day about my sawdust storm.


You can check out my forum topic about this.

Whenever I had to operate the cleanup flappers, I had to climb a ladder.

It was really awkward.

Besides that I could only turn the lever a little over 180 degrees,

because it is located in a corner.

So I put my thinking cap on, & jerry-rigged a cranking mechanism.

I dug around in all of my stash of junk, & found just what I needed.

The pulleys, & belt came from an old clothes dryer.

I was recently going to throw them out. Now I'm glad I didn't.

The shaft for the drive pulley is a steel dust mop handle, just the right size 7/8".

I had to break down, & buy a few parts.

A 3/8' drive universal joint socket, so I could use my speed wrench for a crank.

Also a couple of 10 MM nuts, so I could have something to clamp the driven pulley onto.

All in all this project set me back $5.00


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Here is the before image. The top of the canister is 9 1/2 feet high.


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This is an image of my new cranking mechanism.


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This is the final installation, & it really works great.

At first I thought it may crank hard with the driving pulley being larger, but it turns quite easy.

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By the way, I never showed you pictures of the corner of the shop floor completed.

I still have to finish the L area of the shop. I decided to move my lathe in there.
On ya Dick. Well done.
 

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Using steel rebar for a lumber rack, and Expanding my shop.

I've been way to crowded in my shop, especially since I went from a radial arm saw to a table saw.

A radial arm saw works fine in a narrow shop, because it's against the wall

Plus adding a thickness planer.

I haven't use the automobile side of my garage for years now.

About all its been used for is to accumulate things.

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This is a rough sketch of my floor plan. I plan to keep the partition down the center, so I won't have to heat the whole area all of the time.

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The first thing I have to do is dig my way to one of the walls.
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This is what I mean.

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When I finally found a wall, I sheeted it with OSB board.
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Then I cut some 1/2" Steel Rebar into 12" lengths in order to make some lumber racks.


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Then I pounded them into some 2" deep holes I had drilled.

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This is what I ended up with on the first wall.

A nice neat lumber rack, & a very inexpensive way of doing so.
I like it.
 

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Vaulted ceiling, and Skylight

My garage has only a 7' ceiling, so I pulled out the ceiling joists, & added 2 X 4s with 9" plywood gussets to the rafters to accommodate 9" R-30 insulation. I did this in my existing shop about 18 years ago. Doing this took out about 2" of sag in the old rafters.

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I had a small bubble type skylight leftover from the other shop that I hadn't used, so I installed it in

this ceiling. For such a small opening, 14 1/2" X 14 1/2" it sure give out a lot of light.


I searched for this type, but they don't make them anymore.
The company now only makes the Tubular type skylights.

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The Skylight installation process.













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Quitting Time!

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A Big Thank You to Barb for most of these fine pictures.
Good one Dick.
 

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Finishing the window with shingles.

We finally got some decent weather, so I rushed out, put some shingles around the window.

I couldn't salvage enough old shingles for the job, but it didn't turn out too bad.

The new ones will gradually blend in while aging.








Photos by Barb!
Looks good Dick. Batten down the hatches mate.
 

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Finishing the window with shingles.

We finally got some decent weather, so I rushed out, put some shingles around the window.

I couldn't salvage enough old shingles for the job, but it didn't turn out too bad.

The new ones will gradually blend in while aging.








Photos by Barb!
Thanks Dick. It's good to be back.
 

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I'M PROUD TO ANNOUNCE MY 80th BIRTHDAY TODAY!

This is my Birthday Gift. I'm presently in the process of building a bench for it.

I'll be posting it when it's completed

I had to get this new lathe, because I have some larger wood from a Black Walnut I had to have taken down in our

yard.

I'd like to make some larger things with the wood. I couldn't let it go to the chipper!


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Addendum:

I dwelled on wether to buy a new lathe at age 80, but I remembered my 90 year old neighbor. He painted his stucco house all by himself at that age, so I said to myself, "GO FOR IT"!


Lego Machine Automotive exterior Automotive wheel system Rectangle


Lathe with the extension attached!
Surveillance camera Automotive exterior Composite material Rectangle Security
Happy birthday my friend and may you enjoy many more.
That new toy looks like a good one, have fun.
 

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