The American Craftsman WorkShop #13: Reorganizing the Shop Day 4

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Blog entry by Todd A. Clippinger posted 10-09-2009 01:44 PM 3925 reads 1 time favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 12: Reorganizing and the Domino Effect Part 13 of The American Craftsman WorkShop series Part 14: Reorganizing the Shop - Finishing Up »

Coming Down The Home Stretch

Yesterday I finished the mud work where I removed the double doors. I also took the opportunity to patch the wall and ceiling where flying projectiles had left their impressions.

I mounted a couple of hose reels that I bought several years ago. I had bought three originally and I mounted one but put the other two on the shelf. The first one broke and I tossed it during this round of organization. Now I have two but that is quite adequate for my shop.

I used chunks of 2×10 material and attached them to the ceiling, making sure that I hit the trusses with all of the screws.


Before I attached the 2×10 to the ceiling I had laid out the bolt pattern for the hose reel mount. Then I drilled holes and installed carriage bolts through the back side. Once the 2×10 was mounted on the ceiling, the bolts were already in place to accept the base of the hose reel.


I installed one hose reel over the extension on the table saw and one by the main work and assembly area. I have been working in the shop long enough to know my habits and work zones pretty well.


I guess there is a benefit to not getting these things done earlier as I had intended. My shop layout has changed three times. This time I did not really change the layout, I just focused on better storage and organization using the same work zones.

I set the compressor in the storage room and the air supply lines are run in the attic. I can tell you that the real joy of woodworking comes from having the compressor in another room. My compressor has an oil free pump and it just howls when it is running. I can’t believe that I did not do this sooner.

At the end of the night I applied the final coat of paint and set the fans on it. Today I will be able to push all the mobile tools back into place. I am looking forward to reclaiming my work space with better organization.


You will notice that I left the window in place. I love that window. I never used the doors below it, but that window faces east and I enjoy having the sun come through it in the morning and the extra light that it brings to the shop. It also provides a view of the sandstone cliffs that rise from the banks of the Yellowstone River which is not far behind us.

A Look Outside

Time to head out to the shop. I have tools to put away and a mess of extension cords to find a home for. I am thankful for my heated shop, I see the ground is covered with snow again this morning.

What Have You Done In Your Shop Lately?

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#1 posted 10-09-2009 01:50 PM

Great job Todd. I like my hose reel to. It saves from dragging hoses all over the shop. I think i should move my compressor to the woodshed with my DC. Having the DC out there really cut down on the noice.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#2 posted 10-09-2009 01:51 PM

Good job, Todd. Enjoy looking over your shoulder.

LOL – what’s with ”flying projectiles had left their impressions” – this shouldn’t happen!!

-- Joe

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#3 posted 10-09-2009 01:53 PM

I forgot to ask that too….............LOL

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#4 posted 10-09-2009 01:55 PM

Jerry – I would love to get my DC out of the room but that won’t happen any time soon.

Joe – Yeah, once in a while projectiles happen in my shop too.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#5 posted 10-09-2009 02:01 PM

I built a lean-to on the back of my shop and put the DC out there. Just cut a small hole in the wall for the connector to stick thru to attach my hoses. Really cut down the noice. Now I think I night have to see if I can make enough room for the Air Compressor.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#6 posted 10-09-2009 02:16 PM

With that kind of scenery I’d spend too-much time sitting on the porch and not enough in the shop.

Great idea on the compressor and DC. I’ll keep those in mind if I ever get to design a shop from scratch.

-- You're a unique and special person, just like everyone else.

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#7 posted 10-09-2009 03:33 PM

You’re going to really enjoy having that extra wall space.

Beautiful country!

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#8 posted 10-09-2009 03:34 PM

I think you need a new camera. I can barely see you in picture 4. It might be the camo though.

I meant to say thanks for the previous blog. I really apprecaited a closer look at the wiring setup. I may steal the idea to do something similar. Mine will be in a garage, but it would be nice to bea ble to upgrade in the future if necessary. thanks again.

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#9 posted 10-09-2009 04:20 PM

Beautiful scenery and a great shop. I always enjoy reading about your exploits, Todd. Thanks for keeping us posted.

-- The secret to getting ahead is getting started.

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#10 posted 10-09-2009 04:33 PM

That is a great idea putting the hose reel on the ceiling. Mounted mine on wall, it will now be moved by the end of the year. That is what I like about LJ’s, we all learn something new every day.
Thanks for sharing.

-- Mike The Termite ~~~~~ Working safely may get old, but so do those who practice it.

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#11 posted 10-10-2009 01:37 AM

Your shop redo is really looking great. I always liked an organized shop. Thanks for posting

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#12 posted 10-10-2009 01:46 AM

Good progress.

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#13 posted 10-11-2009 04:29 AM

nice shop

-- Ain't better or worse than any other woodpecker in the woods.

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