Garage Re-Do #7: Craigslist -- Going Outbound!

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Blog entry by MyOldGarage posted 02-04-2009 07:00 PM 3958 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Ok—two success stories last night. I got rid of one cheesy (cheap) toolbox that I bought years ago for the princely sum of $40 . . . some happy owner has a new $10 toolbox for his grandson. The most important part is I have more floor space! As you can see in the recently updated Sketchup drawing . . .I need it!

So the plan is to keep on selling/giving away/trashing what I don’t need. Thus far I’ve discovered that if you put it on Freecycle/Freebie type listings people will stiff you on showing up, but if you attach a price tag to it they’ll beat the door down. I sold some old aluminum wheels also last night for $25, so I’m making a little money here and there on items. I have my eye on some nice Carhartt Bib overalls which would be great for a work outfit in the garage (presently $15). I’m eyeing a piece of plywood that has been an eyesore in my garage for a LONG time:

My most recent idea was using some cheesy (but free) plastic “wanna-be” pegboard stuff on it to make it functional at least. I’m going to ditch the “pegboard” and instead cut it up and use it for a shelf under one (or more) of my workbenches so stuff isn’t on the floor. The stereo cabinet and old workbench/storage/water bed thing are next up on the chopping block for Craigslist fodder. The 2nd Shopsmith might just hang around as a turning station for my wife (Peggy) to experiment with. (Yea—I’m very blessed . . . I don’t use my garage as a “man-cave” to ditch my wife . . . she’s right beside me, as it should be.)

So even if it’s little things, I think I’m making progress. Last night I took a few minutes to put together my Shopsmith tendon jig that was new in the box from my Craigslist find. I’ve got a list of things I’m missing from various parts of my jointer and my mortising tool—so that’ll be an upcoming purchase. My floating table from eBay is on the way and could be here on Friday or Saturday. Good times! ;-)

-- Bradley Miller, Blue Springs, MO -

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#1 posted 02-04-2009 07:19 PM

sounds like getting progress done! I find that getting rid of unused/unnecessary things can be much more useful then finding a place to store them out of the way… eventually you run out of “out-of-the-way” places, and honestly, many things we just keep for the “what if” reason, which is 99% invalid… better let someone that can make a use of it – make the use of it :)

based on the sketchup drawing, it looks like quite a big workshop (2 car garage..) I take it the cars never go in?

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#2 posted 02-04-2009 07:24 PM

Actually—one side is housing a MGB convertible, and the other I usually leave free for working on a car. (Yea—it will all fit . . . I know it will.) I moved my go-kart to my sister’s house . . . I’m getting the derelict mowers moved out and hopefully will get all the bikes/kid stuff to the shed. The MGB will roll around on some car skates, so that’ll give me plenty of room for things. It’s a slow process, but at least if I do one thing each day, I know I’ll eventually get that elephant eaten!

(The Sketchup pic just has items placed in there for scale/size purposes . . it’s not a reflection on where anything is at currently. I’ll probably make a “before” version and then move to my “after” one to show the differences.)

-- Bradley Miller, Blue Springs, MO -

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