I intended to get working on my shop again once the weather warmed up. I expected February to bring some warm weather but the freakish winter didn’t let that happen. When the weather finally did warm up enough, I had to focus on getting my garden in or not have much of one this year. I came up with more and more excuses to put off working on the outside of the shop (you may or may not remember there’s all kinds of digging involved). Well, that hasn’t changed. Every chance I’ve had to be outside I’ve either been doing things inside the shop, tending to my garden, picking the billions of strawberries I had coming in or spending my time outside with the kids.
In other words, I’m being lazy (regarding that project, anyway).
As far as the inside of the shop goes, I mentioned in my other blog series some time ago that I built a general purpose workbench and, shortly after, installed a 6” Bessey vice I got from Lowe’s for a few bucks. I’ve used that bench a lot for planing and sawing and have grown to kind of hate the thing. It’s not really bad for most activities but the moment I need to plane the face of some rough stock I’m suddenly and painfully aware of the bench’s shortcomings.
Anyway, I did a little reorganizing and rearranging in the shop. I had a few shelf brackets just laying around so they became a lumber rack of sorts which allowed me to get all of the larger boards off the floor, freeing up a wall. I made a quick and ugly shelf for the iPod stereo which will be replaced at some point. I made a couple oak pegs (they resemble pegs, anyway), inserted them into a board and put that up on the wall for a place to hang my saws for the moment. I’ve found that to be very convenient. Other than that, there’s not been any real progress with the shop.
I’ll eventually get my rear in gear and get working on it again.
EDIT: Forgot to mention that the retaining walls I’ve made are rock solid after a very wet and volatile season. However, I need to get some gravel down (and preferably pavers over that) to help with the mud.
-- - Billy