Setting up new shop #3: Fixing Walls, painting, and organizing.

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Blog entry by WoodenSoldier posted 11-15-2010 06:02 AM 1406 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Still working slowly on getting the shop in shape and determined to do it cheaply since I’m renting. I have been getting a good supply of plywood at work when we throw it out so I’ve been able to reuse a lot of materials. I found an 8×4 sheet of ply with one side coated with white plastic which has been great. I’ve been using that to fill in the gaps above the block walls. Its great stuff because its already white and it wipes clean so easily.


Also today I made a quick box to store some of my useful scraps. Just cheap plywood and 2×4s (all saved from the trash again). I need to grab a couple of 5 gallon buckets to store the rest of the junk.


I also grabbed one of the large metal shelf units that we were throwing out at work and set that up out back for my rough cut slabs. Until now, the wood had been sitting on the front patio and was a terrible eye sore. I set the rack up today out back and did a little reading on storing wood outdoors. I had planned on putting a tarp over it but from what I’ve read, most people suggest you just put a roof or something over it to protect it from the rain but allow it to breath. I think I’ll check craiglist for some corrugated metal roof scraps.

Also spent a little time priming and painting. Its still really dusty and I wear a respirator the whole time I’m down there because some of that dust contains old rat poison and god knows what else. I’m debating on getting the Shop Fox Fine Air Filtration unit. Has anybody got any experience or reviews on that one?

I did spend a little time actually doing some fine woodworking. Finally got back to my cutting board that I started back in July and never finished. I put a walnut frame on it so it’s almost complete. Just needs to be sanded and then I’ll post pictures. It felt great to finally get to work on one of my projects though.

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#1 posted 11-15-2010 06:45 AM

On the dust collection issue, at a minimum, you will want to pick up at the very least, a shop vac with a HEPA filter to clean up the existing dust / old rat poison stuff… I have a Ridgid 12 gallon that I got on Black Friday sale a few years ago dirt cheap. It is best, but not always possible, to start off in a completely clean space for a shop… (I am still cleaning up loose concrete dust in mine)

Not sure which Shop Fox filtration unit you are talking about. If it’s the teensy tiny bench top unit I would tend to think a pleated ultra allergen like the purple wrapper 3M Filtrete duct taped to a box fan would probably work better… However if you want to spend a bit more, and get a filter that will last you through more moves than you wan to count, I can recommend the Grizzly G0572 hanging air filter with remote. Not a ton of money (not free though), and I can certainly attest to it being quite effective…

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#2 posted 11-15-2010 04:30 PM

It looks like your shop is coming along nicely. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

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