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.