The Ankle-biter cometh #1: Still recovering from a space contraction...

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Blog entry by Webb posted 07-05-2009 06:31 PM 995 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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We have a new ankle-biter on the way and the den/study had to become a baby’s room since we are out of bedrooms. I have moved it into the corner of the garage (built a corner desk – carpentry work with 2×4’s and plywood – no fancy woodworking here). This has resulted in a complete rearrangement of my wood-shop (still underway – I have not done any woodworking for 2 months or so now).

New problems – not enough space; I’m going to make some flip-top surfaces for things like my sander; move the router table into the tablesaw ‘side’ table. I figure I’ll do the same and create an outfeed table to handle the planer. The chopsaw also needs something similar – haven’t figured out where to put that yet.

I’m going to change lumber storage to a vertical setup; I have a wide variety and the last time I tried to pull out Oak from my lumber a bunch of it came crashing down.

Since I now have my desk an computer stuff in the garage too, I’m thinking dust control will become much more of an issue. Which is more important – air filtration or dust collection? Seems to me the big stuff cannot be too dangerous (I currently have things hooked up to a 16 gal shop-vac). To be honest, I cannot get too worked up about vacuum cleaner purchases (now a lathe… I really want a lathe…) so it seems like one of those things I wouldn’t get around to until the lung cancer really takes hold. And where would I put one in my new smaller garage anyway? How weatherproof are they – I have heard of people putting them outside – ok to build a small shed out of 2×4’s and exterior grade ply or do they need a full-on ‘interior class’ construction?

I’m posting rambling thoughts instead of working. I should probably stop posting now.

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#1 posted 07-05-2009 07:01 PM

Congrats on the little one. It seems our woodworking has to come in second place when family is involved.

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#2 posted 07-05-2009 07:04 PM

Second place? We got a car-seat that detaches from a base. I’m sure I could secure an extra base to a bench somehow… do they make pint-size earmuffs?

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