Time to make some changes to the shop. #8: Update... Not much to tell.

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Blog entry by AngieO posted 09-10-2014 04:15 PM 1934 reads 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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It’s been so long that I’ve really posted much on LJ’s. So I thought I’d post something to start getting back in the habit.

So this is pretty much an update. So far.. not much has happened in the shop as far as changes. When the weather got warm I borrowed a box trailer from a friend. My intentions… remove everything and then put it all back in a better order. Well… That didn’t go quite as planned.

I have to admit… I’m a wood hoarder. And the trailer was kinda small. So I ended up packing it full of “stuff”. Mostly wood. But also things that i wanted to take to the storage garage that I have. I did get a lot cleaned up and managed to find some more room. But nothing like I thought I would.

Sadly… my shop is a wreck again. The trailer is actually still full because I don’t know what to do with all the stuff. One day I opened the trailer door… pulled out a couple of pieced of wood and decided to make something with them. I didn’t have a preconceived plan. I just said “Hey.. I’ve had these pieces for too long. I’m gonna make something”. And I did. I made a nice little bench for my son. He loved it. And I made some space. Then I did the same thing again and made an Adirondack Chair. Now… If I could just do that a bit more.

Nothing fancy. But they are useful and used up material I had on hand. (Now.. gotta finish the chair and get it out of the shop. UGH!)

Also… it’s a wreck for another reason. I posted before that I have a new job. I am STILL LOVING IT!!! If you didn’t get a chance to read that post… I work in a woodshop. Yep! That’s right. I get paid to work in a woodshop. Still blows my mind. But that’s another entry. At this point my boss has given me a couple of small loads of lumber to bring home to make cutting board and lazy susan blanks. All I have to do is design, glue up and return it to work. They will use the drum sander or planer, cut it to final size and finish it. (Actually… I’ll do most of it. But I get paid for the blank. Whatever I do once it gets back to the shop I get paid my hourly rate. Pretty sweet deal). Anyhow… So after several small loads… I now have A LOT! It’s pretty much all walnut, cherry and curly maple. Nice pieces. Mostly small. A couple of oak pieces as well. I didn’t get pics of the blanks I’ve done up so far but here are some small boards I made with the scrap that I was able to keep.


At this point I need to make a space for what I call “work wood”. LOL. Hey… If you have a better name, lets hear it. But i keep the wood they send home with me for blanks separate because it’s not mine. Except the cut offs. Their view of what is “good” and what is “firewood” is not the same as mine. The two small boards I made above that are on top… those were made from what they’d call “firewood”. That would just be sinful to burn. But all this wood is piled on top of the adirondack chair and blocking the garage door… again.

Anyhow… I have a list of things to be done.

1) Make a storage place for the “work wood”.
2) Finish Adirondack chair and get it out of the shop
3) Finish tearing out built in bench
4) Build miter station (on wheels so that it can be moved)
5) Build a router table.

That’s to start with. I think I also want to tear out my peg board, put some new osb in its place and put french cleats on the wall. Also still contemplating taking out the cabinets and putting up shelves and french cleats.

I made some progress. If you look at a couple posts back there was a junk corner. I took everything out of that corner (it’s in the trailer) and I put a base cabinet in there that someone was throwing away. Has drawers. I like it. It’s helped a little. I think this is the only pic I took of the shop since the clean up.

I know there’s another pic of the whole shop all cleaned up. I have no clue what happened to it. Anyhow…time to get out there and start working. Enjoy your week. I look forward to being on here more often.

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#1 posted 09-10-2014 05:10 PM

You have set up a lot of work for yourself I’m sure you’ll get it done. Those are some really good looking cutting boards. You’ve done a super job on them. Glad you’re back with us

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#2 posted 09-10-2014 05:42 PM

Look on the shop walls for the picture of the clean shop … I had my shop all cleaned and every tool in it’s proper place, took some photo’s and I hung them on the wall so when I get visitors I can say “See I do have it all cleaned up … once in a while”.
I remember when you first started to move into your shop … Quite a different space than it is now … You’ve come a long way …
Most of our shops are an ever changing work space … And they are never done.
I like your boards, you have a good eye for color and wood blending … they look great.

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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#3 posted 09-10-2014 07:52 PM

Looks like you have a busy girl and have a Lot more to do as well. I think you will like the french cleats better than the pegboard , the more I see them being used it just looks like it is a lot easier to rearrange than pegboard.
Also I envy you being able to get a job working in a woodshop , that’s Sweet. And you do know that a Clean Shop is Not Getting used enough. Keep it clean enough to be safe and your good to to go.

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#4 posted 09-10-2014 07:58 PM

Nice cutting boards. And yes most of our shops are a continual “work in process” and never seem to be DONE.

LOL I’m still trying to get all my “stuff” unpacked and put away after having stored it for 13 months. But now that I’m officially RETIRED (2 weeks now … yea, me!) I can do a bit each day.

So now if the 90 degree temps would BACK OFF a bit it wont be so dang hot out there!

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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Chris McDowell

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#5 posted 09-10-2014 10:08 PM

Nice to see an update. Awesome job on the adirondack chair and the cutting boards. They look awesome!

-- Chris, , FACEBOOK: , Proverbs 16:9

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#6 posted 09-11-2014 12:07 AM

Welcome back—it’s nice to see you back in action!

-- Dean

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#7 posted 09-11-2014 12:12 AM


I like the stool! Sometimes we don’t see progress because we look at the end verses where we are and where we’ve come from. You’re doin fine! Is that a Harbor Frieght joiner?

You are a wood worker!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#8 posted 09-11-2014 01:01 PM

I think you’re doing a fine job Angie. There never seems to be enough time in the days, weeks, months, and years. Time is flying by us all. I’ve just learned to stop, take a breath, and go at my own pace. No stress, no pressure. It’s all good.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#9 posted 09-16-2014 12:27 AM

Yep. It’s a Harbor Freight Jointer. I got it from a friend for $30 plus $15 for delivering it. It is HEAVY! LOL

I really like making the cutting boards. They are a smaller project that I can work on and get done. I like the quick gratification from them.

I haven’t gotten very far on my list above. The adirondack chair is covered with “work wood”. I cleaned off a spot for some of it on my existing lumber racks. Still have more to put away. As soon as I get it cleared off I’ll get the curve of the chair cut and then put the stain on. I was going to paint it. But I have this gallon can of deck stain that I think I’m going to use. Gonna use it on the chair and this bench I’m working on. (well.. three. it’s a commissioned project) My brother has an electric paint sprayer that he’s going to let me borrow. I’m going to use it. It will be SOOOOO much easier.
Here’s a pic of the bench so far. I started applying the stain. It’s a pain. Should have stained before assembly.

But I have started a shop project too. It’s gonna be in the corner behind my small garage door. It will hold some paint cans, stains and other stuff.

This will add storage and it uses up lumber that I have laying around. I built one side. But I ran out of stinkin screws so I need to make a trip to the box store.

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#10 posted 09-16-2014 08:57 PM

But I ran out of stinkin screws so I need to make a trip to the box store.
Hope the box store is close , mine is an hour away.
That’s a common problem in the shop , trying to keep enough screws and nails and glue around but not go overboard and have way to many, Well wait a min. screws and nails could be like Clamps ..

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#11 posted 09-16-2014 11:11 PM


Missed your response to my question but just found it on the Harbor Freight jointer. Amazing what people give you. LOL! And your brother is going to let you borrow his paint sprayer? Have you sprayed before?

Lots of learning going on here.


-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#12 posted 09-17-2014 04:14 AM

Good stuff Angie. Love the cutting boards.

-- Harold

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#13 posted 09-17-2014 11:19 PM

Box store is 15 minutes away. I have tons of screws that are not the right size. Ugh. Frustrating.

We have a sprayer at work. I used it to spray some wrought iron fence. LOTS of fence.

So I’ve done some. Also I’ve painted walls with a sprayer. Not to mention… At 21 I worked at a factory that did some auto work. I worked in the paint booth. Fun times.

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