My Workshop Remodel #1: In With The New Year - Out With The Old Shop

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Blog entry by OttoH posted 01-02-2012 06:18 PM 2790 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Now that the Christmas gifts are done, and the weather is nice enough (it is so nice here that I dropped the top on the car for a long drive on Sunday) it is time for a major layout change to my workshop. I plan on moving just about everything including a couple of walls, running new electrical, building a long workbench (about 14 feet long) against one wall, putting in some new storage cabinets and pegboard, and building a storage loft above the garage door.

I don’t have to worry about what the Wife will say for three months or so because our Daughter just had a Son and the Wife is out of town until about March or April helping out in upstate New York. Our Daughter is a Combat Medic in the Army and her husband is a full time chef so they need someone that can be there for them.

I will be blogging about the changes as they occur mainly to help keep me on task, if I feel I need to post the progress it will make me move it along at a proper rate. So follow along with me as I make the changes if you wish, and if you don’t wish that is fine too, just let me pretend that someone is tracking my progress!

I am including some before photos and all I ask is that you do not throw me off the LumberJocks site for having an extremely messy and cluttered shop.

-- I am responsible for how I respond to everything in my life - - Deadwood SD

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Bob Kollman

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#1 posted 01-02-2012 07:04 PM

I’m watching you!!!!

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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#2 posted 01-02-2012 07:34 PM

Wow! Three months without the wife. That made me chuckle, because my wife returned home to Ukraine for three weeks last year, and I proudly announced to her that I did not make one mistake while she was gone. She seemed skeptical.

-- John from Hampstead

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#3 posted 01-02-2012 07:35 PM

Nice to have before and after pics.
Fun to watch.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#4 posted 01-02-2012 08:07 PM

I’ll be watching, too. Maybe you’ll give me some incentive to clean and organize my mess.

-- The more I learn, the more I realize I don't know. Ron, Crossville Tn

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#5 posted 01-03-2012 12:24 AM

So that is the old… now for the new…. looking forward to the cleanup…;p;

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#6 posted 01-03-2012 03:05 AM

Otto if you trip and fall, it’s all over bud!!!!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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#7 posted 01-03-2012 03:14 AM

Where’s Waldo?

-- blu0ne - Los Angeles - -- I think I can... I think I can... I think I can...

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#8 posted 01-03-2012 03:26 PM

Looks quite a bit like my shop did earlier this summer. I tore it apart and reorganized every tool, part, nut, bolt and screw. Removed all the trash and “doesn’t belong in the shop” stuff and now have a great workshop! It took several months of sorting and organizing, but it’s worth it in the end! My next phase will be to start building in workspace and storage space, now that I have a good idea of what I really have and use.

Keep up the good work and it will pay off and look awesome in the end. You’ve got really good space there to work with, so good luck with the hoggin’...LOL!

-- Handcrafted toys, models & gifts at --

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#9 posted 01-03-2012 06:41 PM

This looks like uh,,,,a good start Otto or should I say good starting point? My shop isn’t much better. I will follow along to encourage your efforts and to maybe pick up some good organizing ideas along the way. You are a brave man. I don’t think I could survive 3 or 4 months on my own without the wife to tell me what to do, when to do it and how to do it.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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