In order for me to get my shop to where I want it, I first have to tear it apart. So that’s what I did today. In the midst of three projects I decided that I would finally rip the shop a new one in order to remodel it into a new better working shop. I moved probably 2 tons of wood today doing the dance I call the shop shuffle. I goes like this. First move that thing over there and then put it back, move it again with a little twirl and shake it all about. ;)
The old bakery table that I had been using for the last 12 years as my workbench is going to the back of the shop to create another assembly area. The lathe is going to jump across the isle and the router mill is going to take it.s place there. Hopefully now I will be able to use it instead of treating it like a treadmill that is a coat hanger. My paint locker has been overrun with junk and is a mess so I emptied it out and moved it to the front of the shop. I have created a corner for wood storage in the back and well yeah it’s a big job.
So here is the drawing of the AREA 51 tool cabinet and bench that I have been keeping secret. It is all going to be built out of maple and walnut. There will be a big wall cabinet to house all my hand tools with a plane till on the left and a saw till on the right. The bench will have a leg vise and wagon vise with hardware form benchcraft (wow that stuff is pricey). The bench will be a split top with the split going further to ward the back to be used for a stop for chair legs. There will be a board that will be attached to the top for flipping chairs upside down to work on. I want to give the bench large barley twist walnut legs and some inlay on the front.
So now you can see why I have been dragging my heels on starting this, but it is going to be fun. It is going to take at least three months to be done with it all, but it should make photos and videos nice to watch as well as being the most amazing work space I could think to have. The reason I wanted to make it so over-the-top is so when I go to my new bench there would be no way for me to rush through something having all this in front of me.
So there it is, wish me luck. I will be ordering the benchcraft hardware soon and I will have some bear paw hold fasts coming from black bear forge as well. I am going to spoil myself after working for 16+ years in dark caves, which reminds me I bought some 220v halogen lights from our local high school when they remodeled. Those should make it a lot brighter in there.
Take care, more to come.
-- Brian Noel