The shed of my dreams #2: Shedless for another year...

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Blog entry by Sandra posted 09-26-2012 11:05 PM 1276 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: The everlovin' pile of gravel Part 2 of The shed of my dreams series Part 3: Let the planning begin! »

For the past four weeks, we’ve had renovations going on in our basement. I’m pleased with the progress, and the contractor has been fantastic. Nevertheless, the chaos in the house has been a bit tiring. I can’t find my garage floor, not that it was neat in the first place.

The stuff from the basement is in the garage, and the dining room. The stuff the contractors are using is in the garage…... And since I picked up some rough hardwood planks last night, I now have to build a lumber rack. (Out of 2×4s of course.) Then I need to plane two pieces of hardwood and rout them for the basement. Which is why I ended up at HD again today, and bought some more 2×4s. And I caved and bought a planer. I just couldn’t bring myself to buy the DeWalt 725. The reviews are great, but I settled on the Ridgid 13 inch planer which was on at HD for $100.00 off. It’s also lighter than the DeWalt which for me is important. I hefted it out of the box and plunked it on my router table. Once the kiddies are in bed, I’ll curl up with the instructions. Yes, I do read those things.

The weather here has now officially turned, and while I probably would still have enough time to build a shed, I don’t have the cashola and I don’t have the steam. But I’ve learned a lot in my messy garage this year, so I can consider the upcoming winter an opportunity to hone a few more skills.

Next year, I will build a shed!
I promise!


-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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#1 posted 09-27-2012 01:40 AM

You’re gonna love that planer. I have the previous model and have planed literally miles of wood with no problems. Find someone to resharpen those ‘disposable’ blades. don’t try to take too deep a ‘bite’, and clean the dirt/grit off of old wood before planing. ENJOY! Wish I had found the $100 off deal when I bought mine.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#2 posted 09-27-2012 01:46 AM

Thanks, I’m looking forward to firing it up tomorrow.

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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#3 posted 09-27-2012 02:46 AM

Now that you have ALL THESE TOOLS????? lol! You will need a dust collector? Have you a garage heater?

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#4 posted 09-27-2012 10:55 AM

No dust collector yet other than my Ridgid shop vac. Because of all the other stuff in the garage, I can’t use any of my big dust-makers in the garage at all. I wheel them outside when it’s nice enough.

I have a space heater that I turn on when I’m in the garage. So maybe instead of a shed, I need a workshop. Hmm I’ll have to think about that one. I’m still convinced though that if I build the shed, and claim half of the garage I’d be golden. Of course if I had a workshop I could claim the whole space as my own. Ah the possibilities. Limited only by imagination and financing.

Working on my lumber rack today. If I can find enough floor space to walk on that is.


-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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Dan Lyke

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#5 posted 09-27-2012 03:34 PM

The good news about the weather is that you can draw up the plans so that when the walls go up you’ll know exactly where every nail goes! I spent a year drawing and re-drawing the plans for the shop I built last year and this, and even then there were “Oh crap, what do I do now?” moments…

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California,

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#6 posted 09-27-2012 10:49 PM

Thanks Dan,

Yup, I think the plans and the planning are going to be a good way to pass the winter.

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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