Tool thoughts #20: Moving Back into my shop

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Blog entry by NedB posted 07-13-2012 04:17 PM 2015 reads 1 time favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Hi folks, I’ve been away from LJ for awhile, mostly because my shop time has been effectively at zero for well over a year. Not anymore. My wife, youngest son and I moved to VA last summer, and back to NY about a month ago. This means that I a) moved most of my tools and lumber not once, but twice in the past year and b) I now have to clean out my shop and put them all back in it!

Here’s the plan for the revised shop. I have a 12’x20’ mini barn that my tools call home, which I built 7 years ago (or started building… finishing it totally has yet to happen)

The move last year was very chaotic, and honestly we left a lot of stuff in our house here in NY, which my two eldest kids had to deal with… our solution was to stuff it all in the biggest free storage space we had… my shop. Fast forward 11 months and now there is a big orange and white truck parked in the driveway, 5 husky young men to help unload and a bunch of stuff to put back into the shop… on top of/around the stuff we crammed in there the summer before.

After a bit of cleaning up, here’s some of the space and mess I had to deal with:

the lumber rack you see in the foreground/right of the photo was literally chock full of randomly piled wood. Once I cleaned out the far corner, I decided to move that rack and its contents further down the wall below my hanging sheet goods rack (The shop has 14’ tall ceilings, so I have the luxury of overhead storage)

With the help of my eldest two boys, I unloaded all of the lumber:

Then I relocated the now empty lumber racks, leaving room below them for tools to park, and proceeded to sort by species… which amounts to maple and cherry with some oddball other stuff for good measure.

Most of the long cherry, maple and some butternut went up on the 8’ high racks (I left those where they were, as I can easily work under them)

some insulation went in, and I now had a nice section of wall:

to relocate all of the wood to:

that last image shows the storage racks with the boxes of shop stuff I need to sort through and stow

I did manage to clear out the opposite wall/corner however:

And there’s my ‘new’ jointer parked under the lumber rack.

More to come, I think I’ve burdened the servers enough with the photos in this post.

-- Ned - 2B1ASK1

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#1 posted 07-14-2012 12:22 PM

Looks good, Ned.

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#2 posted 07-14-2012 04:22 PM

Thanks CJ… I’m headed back out there in a bit… Making a set of Jake’s Chairs for the back yard right now… wish it looked as ‘neat’ as those photos right now.

-- Ned - 2B1ASK1

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