My TINY shop renovation

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Blog series by StayinBroke updated 02-18-2013 03:14 AM 7 parts 25286 reads 27 comments total

Part 1: GAAAAHHHHHHH!! I can't take it ANYMORE!!!!

01-08-2013 04:53 AM by StayinBroke | 6 comments »

Let me start by giving a brief overview of my shop, or the thing I like to call my shop. My “shop” is an 8’x8’ shed that sits in my back yard with an extension cord, or sometimes two, ran out to it from the house. Lets face it, the thing is a mess! I can’t hardly do anything in there! I have 2 workbenches and a whole mess of shelves with no real way to organize anything. One workbench has my scroll saw, drill press, and band saw on it. The other is where I do ev...

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Part 2: Plans are starting to come together.

01-09-2013 03:48 AM by StayinBroke | 2 comments »

So, starting this blog yesterday and putting ideas down in my idea book has helped ease my frustrations with my shop so much that this entry just might be a little more, um, ..... normal. If there is such a thing. (Well, the beers I drank last night may have had a little to do with that too) I think it’s because I can share my thoughts and ideas with people here that have similar problems since my wife doesn’t get it and really doesn’t care. Anyway, I wanted to start this en...

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Part 3: Phase 2 came early!

01-12-2013 03:21 AM by StayinBroke | 7 comments »

So I finalized my plans yesterday! And drew out my bench plan. I found pretty much everything I wanted and could use for small space organization. Most of what I found was for houses and worthless to me. I found some great ideas for small shops though. The one I like the most is something I found called ceiling drawers. At least 2 of these will be going in the ceiling of my shop. I’ll be storing my sanders, jig saw, and whatever else I can fit in there. Speaking of sanders, I found an i...

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Part 4: Back to the drawing board

01-13-2013 04:39 AM by StayinBroke | 0 comments »

Well, I have to thank forum member Gregn for going and messing with my plans. Lol. The vertical drawer idea he presented me with may be just the thing I need. They will create a lot more usable storage space , and there’s so many ways to customize these things for shop storage. The only limit is your imagination. Drawers, shelves, pegboard, pegboard and shelves, shelves and drawers, bins and shelves, Ding! light bulb!, I wonder if I can make that work, I’ll have to explore that id...

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Part 5: Bench top is done! Pegboard cabinet almost done!

01-22-2013 04:18 AM by StayinBroke | 5 comments »

So, it’s been a little while I guess. Work has kept me pretty busy and TIRED! Last Sunday, the day after my last entry, I was able to start my bench. I got the shelves emptied, and down and the bench mostly framed up. Then it rained for 4 days. I was able to get back out there yesterday and made some real progress. First though I made a change to my plan. I decided to scrap the flip top portion of the bench. Any locking system I could think of was going to be a pain in the rear since...

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Part 6: Pegboard cabinet done!

01-27-2013 05:47 AM by StayinBroke | 3 comments »

I have to thank the winter weather we had yesterday for a 2 day weekend! Sweet! First one I’ve had in a while! The job I’m on right now is a little behind so my company has had us working 6 8 hour days a week for the past 4 or 5 months, and just this week we went to 4 10 hour days (Monday-Thursday) and 2 8 hour days (Friday and Saturday) taking us up to 56 hours a week. Makes for a loooooong week, but it will definitely help pay the bills (Not to mention the $70 a week I use in ga...

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Part 7: Shop built leg vice

02-18-2013 03:14 AM by StayinBroke | 4 comments »

Ok, so last time I had finished my pegboard cabinet and was getting ready to start on my vertical drawers, or sliding book shelves, sliding cabinets, whatever. I haven’t quite gotten started on those yet. I was getting ready to. I got a few of the boards cut and was getting ready to start building them when I realized I didn’t really know how. I started looking around at the different types of wood joints and finally settled a couple I’m going to use for good sturdy sliding ...

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