Work(shop) in Progress #12: reorganizing Single Car Garage III - Give or Take a Few

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Blog entry by PurpLev posted 09-05-2010 03:58 AM 2700 reads 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Had some good progress on the garage reorganization, Although it may not look like it.

To start, I wanted to tackle all the medium sized lumber that was now roaming around, scattered on the floor in various locations as it no longer had a dedicated place. I had 4 kitchen cabinets that I got off of craigslist a couple of years ago hoping it’ll help me get organized, but in the end, it just took wall space, and didn’t prove to be very useful, as it was just left as is, and ended up collecting everything that didn’t have a dedicated space. So I posted this morning the 4 cabinets on craigslist free listings, and the cabinets were GONE within 30 minutes. pretty cool.

Now that the cabinets were out, I hung the medium sized lumber shelvings in their place, and viola, no more lumber on the floor (well – except for sheet good that is – still need to deal with that later).

No pic for the lumber rack. but you can see it in my previous blog here (it just moved to the opposite wall).

So, with a little more floor space to walk around, I decided it’s time to finish up the duct for the DC. I had it layed out mostly, but couldn’t get to the last corner that goes to the bandsaw, router table, and drill press. what was stopping me from completing that run was that where I need to have a 90 (2 45s) turn I was storing my applewood logs.

The Applewood Logs Story
2007, I was just getting into woodworking, had a circular saw, drill, and a router. my wife saw an add on craigslist giving away applewood. I went to see the guy, a nice older woodworker that was moving out and was done with woodworking. he only had a few applewood logs left and was looking to pass it on to another woodworker. the deal was – it cannot be burned! after a tour in his house showing me all his woodworking projects (NICE) we came to the logs. 2 humungous logs. one at 14” diameter, ~7 feet long. I made an attempt to lift one side to get an idea how heavy it was – and decided there was no way I could take this, not to mention – how in the world will I slice it to usable lumber?!? all I had was a circular saw.

the guy than told me, although this may be too big – he has some smaller logs I can have if I wanted. I wanted!

So. I’ve been storing these for the past ~3 years, and actually later on bought a bandsaw with the purpose of slicing those logs into lumber. which I finally did today – more so to clear that corner than anything, but I’m glad I finally got to it.

My resawing logs skills definitely need improvements, but through the 6 logs I could see an improvement, and for what it’s worth – I think I got some decent cuts:

There are some nice grain flows in there, and this will probably be used for some boxes:

So. with the logs out of the way, I was able to finish cutting and running all the ductwork which looks like this:

I partially blocked all the ports and left only the TS open, and it’s better than what I had before – not stellar, but definitely an improvement for me. if I’ll seal and shut off all the ports I should get an even better suction on that port which is the longest run.

So far so good.

I also noticed after removing the old flex hose and blast gates, that none of the old blast gates were ever fully closed! and I also found some shavings that were stuck in the flex hoses.

So, some progress done behind the scenes, visually it doesn’t look much different, but with the DC setup, I am able to tackle the rest of the things easier.

Need some rest!

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#1 posted 09-05-2010 04:34 AM

Good progress Sharon. Every little step helps and gets you closer to where you want to be. It was nice of you to offer and give away those cabinets. A nice gesture on your part. I love the applewood story. I can just picture this kindly old gentleman taking you around his home showing you the various projects he made over the years!

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#2 posted 09-05-2010 04:53 AM

I don’t know about the shop itself, but that is one nice drawing! :-)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#3 posted 09-05-2010 01:24 PM

Looks like your shop is coming along nicely… on paper. I’m sure it will be everything you want it to be when finished… well almost everything… can we ever have enough space?
Love the applewood… what is the plan for it


-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#4 posted 09-05-2010 03:21 PM

Cool score on the apple wood. I’m assuming by your shop set up that the Table saw, jointer and planer are on mobile bases to pull out when needed. Other wise it looks like a good use of space. Looks like you have more room to move around now.

-- I don't make mistakes, I have great learning lessons, Greg

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#5 posted 09-05-2010 03:26 PM

Greg’s comment reminded me…. My table saw is located pretty much where yours is in the drawing, but I turned it so the outfeed side faces the garage door. Since I usually have the door open when I’m working, I rarely have to move the saw at all.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#6 posted 09-05-2010 03:38 PM

Hey Sharon, I haven’t posted in awhile as I’m on a very long trip but when I get net access I look in to see what you’re up to. This setup is going to make things much handier for you. I’m glad to see that you’re getting it done. In the end dust collection is never exactly good enough and it’s a beast I learn to live with. Never enough suction, never enough ports, never enough shroud so that all the dust gets up the tubes. But, any that you do get helps. Looks like yours might get most of what’s gettable.

My trip blog if you’re interested: Windrose

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#7 posted 09-05-2010 06:06 PM

Nice progress Sharon.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#8 posted 09-06-2010 12:12 AM

if you are anything like me, any progress is good progress! :)

-- David - Houston, Texas. (

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#9 posted 09-06-2010 01:23 AM

Thanks for the comments, had to take the day off to get some rest.

Charlie – what do you mean drawing? that IS my shop – taken with a new google camera that makes everything look like a SketchUp model ;) As for table saw position – I previously had the TS face the garage door, but with the fence rails it blocks more than half the width of the garage which made it very hard for me to move around and was in part what made me change the layout. currently the TS is positioned towards the neighbors side of the garage, and unless I’m ripping a full sheet of ply (which I never do) I don’t have to move it either.

Ellen – No plan yet for the applewood which is why I ripped it as long as I could. my thoughts are boxes since my slices are somewhat curvy (didn’t want to spend the time to make a resaw sled, and need to improve resawing rough lumber technique) and will probably need to be cut down to avoid major loss of material in jointing the longer boards… but we’ll see. maybe some cutting boards as well. If you’re ever in the neighborhood – stop by and take a few ;)

Greg- indeed, everything (but my drill press, and jointer which is smaller and light enough I can manage to move it around when in need) is on mobile bases and will be slightly pulled inwards when needed. otherwise – the workbench, table saw, drill press, and router table are fully useable as is which are the tools I mainly use (unless I’m in a milling process which the jointer/planer will come into play). currently I have full access to the workbench, router table, drill press and TS which is the most important thing for me.

Daniel – as I mentioned before, I would like to have a wider main run for the DC, but am trying to do what I can with the budget that I have (which is decent, but not extravagant). the 4” pipe seems OK (again, could be much better, but it works for what it is) and will at least make it easier for me in the sense I don’t have to disconnect and reconnect the hose to each machine in use.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#10 posted 09-06-2010 01:16 PM

I thought you probably did, pic just didn’t look like they were. Google camera, this is the first how does it work? looks neat.

-- I don't make mistakes, I have great learning lessons, Greg

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#11 posted 09-06-2010 05:44 PM

Greg – all the machinery are from the 3dwarehouse, posted by HighlandWoodworking (thanks guys!). I just took them and placed them for rought sizing and general idea of how things will work out. this IS SketchUp after all – so I just sketched it up. The only thing that does have casters in the model is my router table, and that is because I modeled that table completely including the casters for measurements (height) and placement when I built it.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#12 posted 09-07-2010 05:58 PM

That looks good, Sharon.

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