My Workshop Remodel #2: The Cleanup Has Begun

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Blog entry by OttoH posted 01-06-2012 03:55 AM 6144 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: In With The New Year - Out With The Old Shop Part 2 of My Workshop Remodel series Part 3: Bringing the Tao of Pooh to My Shop »

First of all I would like to say thank you to everyone for the comments on the first blog, they have helped give me the nudge I need to get this project underway properly.

I have started on the first phase of the workshop remodel, the cleanup. It is my intention to clean up the entire shop before I start moving things out to do the remodel. I have been cleaning and sorting for about a total of 6 hours these past two evenings and I am feeling pretty good about the progress I have made. If I hit it hard on Friday I can probably be finished with the cleanup and then I can start moving things out on Saturday.

On Wednesday I took a trip at lunch time to the Woodcraft store which is 1 1/2 miles from the office and picked up a few books on workshop setup, workbench construction, and space saving tips. Next week when I leave my son and the dog at home as I go off on a business trip I will have plenty of time to go through the books and start to put together a solid plan for the shop layout.

Here are a few more photos of the shop with the bit of cleaning and sorting I have done.

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

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matt garcia

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#1 posted 01-06-2012 04:05 AM

Looking good so far!!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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#2 posted 01-06-2012 04:12 AM

You showed me yours…...

Now, I’ll show you “MINE”!!!

Shame on ALL of you! Get your mind out of the gutter everyone!
I’m talking about my ”Basement Dungeon to Woodworkers Lair” Blog. It will chronical & document my progress (or lack there of) of my basement shop setup. Not much progress yet, but seeing others work on their shops is providing the neccessary motivation (read as GUILT) to complete my shop setup!

OttoH, Good luck on the “re-inventing” of your shop.

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#3 posted 01-06-2012 01:42 PM

I can see progress!!

Besides all the standard workshop organization books, I’d also highly recommend Tom Clark's Practical Shop Cabinets book. I found after reading over a dozen workshop type books, that most of the options were small or assumed you only owned 5 hand tools. Tom’s approach works very well and is more geared to those of us, who have huge amounts of stuff and need it organized well. They are also very inexpensive to build and he ships the book very quickly.

-- Handcrafted toys, models & gifts at --

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#4 posted 01-07-2012 12:20 AM

You may want to check out this website:

I found it very thought provoking and useful.

-- I can complicate anything

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