Making the garage a shop #4: Nothing picture worthy, but more movement forward.

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Blog entry by Shawn K. posted 02-24-2011 04:42 AM 1309 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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The last few days have been exceptional as far as moving forward on the shop.

Monday saw more cleaning, and organization, getting the last bit of organization to be done to the lathe bench. I have a concrete floor in the garage apparently.

The Orange BORG yielded storage bins, electric supplies for two 20 amp circuits, and the expansion of my 15 amp legs for lights, etc. Apparently my new table saw will work on 15amps, so I’m not too hurried to get that taken care of.

Tuesday saw the departure of the old Ryobi bench top table saw, and the addition of a couple of Jackson’s to my wallet for the cause. They’ll go toward safety gear and a zero-clearance insert for the Dado Set that I finally decide on.

Today I think I got the most important part of my garage to shop transformation. A 4’x8’ utility trailer to tow behind my FJ Cruiser. While it’s a great vehicle, it doesn’t haul sheet goods for beans. Of course I need to re-wire the beast, put some new decking on it, and stronger walls. Even after I’ve purchased new lights, harness, decking and sides, I’m still getting off with one heckuva a deal on it. Heck, even the wheels are good, and the bearings seem to be fine. Good enough to haul a new table saw home from woodcraft this Friday.

Best part, I had enough room in the ‘garage’ to wheel the trailer in for the repairs that have to be done.

Oddly enough I’m very excited about a utility trailer, it will simplify my conversion immensely, compared to having to rent a trailer every time I need to pick up lumber, ply, drywall, etc. My reason for breathing is happy to have it as well, apparently we can get compost and such with the trailer as well. Any married woodworker should consider it the win of the century when the S.O. is excited about a tool coming home.

So those are my minor movements forward, with minor wins to act as the keystone for this conversion. I may not be well on my way, but at least I know what I’m drivin’.

-- -- Never entrust power to those who desire it.

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Mark Shymanski

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#1 posted 02-24-2011 04:50 AM

Congratulations, progress is progress! I just did a major cleanup of my shop and I know how great even the smallest reorganizing can feel. I’m pulling for you and your conversion efforts.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#2 posted 02-24-2011 03:43 PM

Second that, Mark. I spent some time last night cleaning my shop up and reorganizing.

Congrats on your progress, Shawn. I’m all about minor victories. I like the old saying about how to eat an elephant: one bite at a time. :)

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#3 posted 02-24-2011 04:18 PM

Nice going Mark, going to be doing the same thing in a few weeks. Keep it up, you will get there.

-- Gary, Little River,SC I've Learned that the Lord didn't do it all in one day and neither can I

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