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MarkTheFiddler

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Howdy LumberJocks,

I don’t have a workshop. The thing is – I’m trying to just get a work area with easy access to everything. You can see that I have junk piled everywhere in the garage.

The only section that is organized is the last photo of the loft and storage area underneath it.

The Third Photo shows a very large shelving area that just got completely jammed up with Stuff and is not really helping. I’m going to use the wood to build some more rolling storage and another loft above that area.

I just added another rolling shelf that I have stacked too much weight on. Granite tiles, travertine – etc.


It’s made out of reclaimed lumber with an HF dollie underneath.
I’m going to have to build another one quickly so I can split the weight between 2 carts. I think I need to keep the weight on these carts to 500 pounds or under. This one is holding about 1000 pounds.

I’m not going to move it again until I build the next storage cart.

I think I just expected so little to do so much.

I’m waging war on what seems impossible to me but I plan on winning and keeping the place organized when I’m done. HOPEFULLY – lesson learned.

Unless I build a solution that isn’t a duplicate of one of my previous projects – I’ll just post them here.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!


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Jim Jakosh

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#1 posted 291 days ago

Hi Mark. I can see why you need the use of airspace. You have a packed house which must give you little space to work. I think we will be seeing more organizational projects coming!!...............Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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Jim Jakosh

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#2 posted 291 days ago

Hi Mark. I can see why you need the use of airspace. You have a packed house which must give you little space to work. I think we will be seeing more organizational projects coming!!.
Can you build a shed to keep the non perishables for easy access and to free up floor space?
..............Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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Dave Rutan

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#3 posted 290 days ago

Don’t feel bad Mark. My workshop is more of a work area since I have to keep the aisle clear for the family to get to the laundry and back door. Some of us make do with what we have.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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MarkTheFiddler

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#4 posted 290 days ago

Howdy Jim, Yes sir. A shed is definitely on the list.

Days like today remind me – Somewhat painfully – that Any shed I build will have issues with humidity. I worry about mold and corrosion. I really can’t support a powered shed at the moment with some sort of environment control. My fuse box is maxed out and I need a new one.

On top of that, the yard is on a slope. That’s another thing that gives me a headache.

I’m just dwelling on the idea until I can come up with or find a practical solution and the cash to do it right. Son in College and wife just started working again. We are pinching those dollars pretty durn tight.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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Joe Lyddon

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#5 posted 290 days ago

Just keeping working at it…

Start thinking about what you’re going to Sell or put into the trash…
... it’s called “biting the bullet”...
... Hard to do… but, you gotta do it…
... I STILL have some really GOOD STUFF that I’ve had for years…
...... that I know… as soon as I throw it away, I will NEED IT real soon!
..... Really GOOD stuff… took me YEARS to collect… because it was SO GOOD!

Yep, it’s called “Biting the bullet”... To have room for a Shop… or NOT…

Just keep working at it, Mark, you will eventually get there! :) :)

You’re making progress…

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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MarkTheFiddler

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#6 posted 290 days ago

Howdy Dave,

Thank you sir! Immediate aspiration is an actual work area on wheels. The thing that’s making me plain loco at the moment is the rain. I only have room to work by pulling everything I need onto the driveway. Even though I got today off from work, I can’t do much of anything! A work area would be sweet!

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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majuvla

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#7 posted 290 days ago

Hi Mark, I think you could go to one good garage sale with all those stuff.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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MarkTheFiddler

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#8 posted 290 days ago

I hear you Joe. It’s going to come down to that eventually. I have been trying to sell a few things on Craigslist but I’m getting nothing. I think I’d rather just donate some of the stuff to charity rather than sell the stuff at 1/10th the value. I’m not being greedy – I’d just like to get 30% of the current value. (I’m not even saying new value)

All that Good stuff as you say… I’m in denial. ;)

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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MarkTheFiddler

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#9 posted 290 days ago

Thanks Ivan – that’s another really good option. I’ve got to quit making excuses and just move the stuff out.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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BusterB

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#10 posted 290 days ago

Mark, One step at a time dude…one step at a time. I am in a simular boat as you. We use our basement for storage and I have compressed as much as I can. Still have to move mowers and other stuff outside just to have room to change my mind…forget about working…lol Having seen the really cool organizational and storage projects you have done recently, I have nary a doubt you will overcome the issue…probably before I do.

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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MarkTheFiddler

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#11 posted 288 days ago

Howdy,

There was no rain today! When I got home – I HAD to do something. I was getting stir crazy. I took an old metal shelving system and added 2 shelves to it.

How? Well I’m sure you don’t care but I fell like describing the trash I used to piece it together. I grabbed an old piece of stained particle board, a small piece of plywood, and even smaller piece of thicker plywood, a few mismatched and reclaimed screws, a piece of reclaimed trim and an extremely bent length of furring strip. ALL of this stuff was going to be chucked if it was still in the garage when I got to the next section.

I located the shelf under my loft then started loading it with junk that is in the way. The shelf is not organized mind you, there’s time for organization a little later. It was just in the way or underfoot. You can look at the ugly thing in picture 5 of my workshop.

When I finished putting the junk on that shelf, I made a discovery. Everything that used to be stored against that wall of the garage is there again. It is all far more accessible than it used to be and it is 90% organized. I’m aiming for 100% organized and 100% accessible but I have to keep on keeping on for that to happen. Everything on the loft was somewhere else before, a lot of my tools were somewhere else before, the back breaking tiles for my bathrooms (when I get to them) are all together and neatly stacked.

I’m celebrating a victory. The garage is less cluttered than it used to be. It’s still not a suitable work area but I can see how it will end. I can see how the next project will give me more space. I can’t wait until I don’t have to move things out of the way to start work on the next section. I’ll call that the next victory.

Thanks Buster and everyone for the encouragement!

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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MarkTheFiddler

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#12 posted 269 days ago

Howdy,

So far, I have built 5 rolling storage bins. I added a 6th picture to show the rest of the loft on the right side of the garage. I can’t get anymore storage out of that area except to drop a small shelf that will go above my stacked tool chest. That may come later. I’ll have to see how everything else starts to lay out.

Not that it’s much but I have about 100 extra square feet of garage I can walk around in. When you compare that to 2 narrow and cluttered paths, it’s amazing. I’m going to use the extra space to start sorting through a bunch of boxes and building – you guessed it – more rolling storage.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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MarkTheFiddler

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#13 posted 262 days ago

The battle goes on.

This past weekend was spent doing some of the glamorous, most tedious thing I can imagine. I manged to find about 1 square yard of space. The were boxes of old documents. I had to open thousands of envelopes, look at 10s of thousands of documents and shred the entire batch.

I have about 50 binders I gave away and 15 garbage bags of confetti.

I’d be happy about all that IF I didn’t have another another square yard to go. I’ll keep after it.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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MarkTheFiddler

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#14 posted 213 days ago

AND ON! I found the last of the documents I need to shred. The garage is in worse shape than ever because I took on the biggest battle. Once again, old storage had to come down to make way for the new and improved. This time – It came down but nothing could go back up. I ran out of time.

I bet 10 of you guys could help me knock it out in a few hours. I’ll see you on new years day….. Wishful thinking!!

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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MarkTheFiddler

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#15 posted 204 days ago

Howdy Lumberjocks,

I’m nearing the end of the war with the garage. My stuff will ultimately win the war with my existing space. It’s garden she’d time.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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