Matt's Long Awaited Workshop Renovation #1: In the Beginning

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Blog entry by Matt posted 03-18-2009 09:55 PM 1273 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
no previous part Part 1 of Matt's Long Awaited Workshop Renovation series Part 2: The Walls are Bare and the Insulation is Up! »

In the beginning, there was a workshop. It was very cold. Especially in the winter. It was also messy. The owner had not mounted anything permanently, on the walls, because he hoped that, some day, he would be able to add insulation and wall covering and provide a place for the efficient warming of this desolate space.

Ok, enough of that. In case you didn’t read the title or deduce from my workshop page that I’m talking about my shop, it’s me.

Honestly, I had planned on doing this in the early fall of 2008. Then the economy turned bad, I got scared, and I held off on the plan and hoarded cash at the same time. There’s nothing like a recession to put things on hold and fast!

After spending my second winter in an icy cold shop, I said, “Enough! Let there be heat!”. (There I go again). I took the plunge and coordinated helpers, ordered materials to be delivered, and plunked down the moolah. I figured once I got past that, it would be ‘no looking back’.

I started the project by cleaning and organizing everything. Everything got put in its place, had a place created for it, or got moved to a new place that I had created by moving something else. Nice, neat, functional, and in a ‘known’ location. Ever lose tools when you organized your shop? Make a pirate map! (Not really). Everything came off the walls and got neatly stacked for quick evacuation when the next phases ‘spin up’. Oh yeah!

Soo, these are on my workshop page and soon to be on my personal website but I thought I would share them with the LJ blogging community in a series. I’ve actually gotten past the first phase. New pictures and a new post will probably be up within the next 48 hours.

For now, here is what I had to start with.

My poor bench! I’m so sorry. (sniff…sniff)

Take care!

-- Matt - My Websites - - Hand Tools :: - Small Shops

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#1 posted 03-18-2009 10:17 PM

Matt is that some kind of CNC in the last photo? As they say Galaxy Quest. Onward, Onward.

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#2 posted 03-18-2009 10:32 PM

Why yes. Yes it is. I have a blog post all queued up in my iPhone to talk more about it. You’ll just have to wait. (wink, wink!). It’s a good one too! Cost me a pretty penny. The weather finally warmed up enough, this weekend, to actually start doing some ‘test cutting’ with it

-- Matt - My Websites - - Hand Tools :: - Small Shops

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