Today we tore down the south wall of the shop. My Dad, my (twin) brother and I started at 7am and finished and around 2pm. We started be removing the tin, the taking out studs and posts with chainsaws and sledge hammers. A scissor life made this much easier then using a ladder. There were four large wooden posts which were about 4 feet in the ground that were pulled out by a Deere 50D mini excavator. We also had to remove the existing garage door. The reason we took down this wall today is so...
We are adding on to our shop! My dad and I have been talking about it for a while and have finally pulling the trigger! Our current shop is 44’ by 36’ (1,584 square feet), and every inch of that space is occupied. Here’s what it looks like right now: We will be adding 12’ to each side and 12’ on the back. It will then be 60’ wide and 56’ long (3,360 square feet). The extra 12’ on each side will be separated by a wall from the middle (large) r...
Since the last time I posted a pic of my workshop, things got a lot worse (cramped) to the point of being virtually unusable. Automotive and Landscape tools were mixed in with my power handtools. Holiday storage was overflowing from the back rooms. My lumber rack was beyond capacity and things started to pile up on work surfaces. I was spending more time moving stuff than working, and sometimes I just couldn’t find the tools I needed. Finally I had enough, and got serious about kicki...
Times, they are a changin’. Our newest addition is here – a healthy girl born yesterday. I have, of course, pictures on Flickr and a blog post at my personal site. I even have my first video uploaded to Flickr! Head over to the Gradin.com blog to see the updates.
Northeast Georgia is already into the mid-90’s and sawdust just seems to cake onto everything now. My shop is not air-conditioned, though I do have a window fan that helps a bit. I say shop, but really I just mean “the place where my tools occupy floor space.” It’s the garage, and actually just a storage location at that. We’re planning to do some major work out there, but I’m running out of time. My wife and I are expecting a baby girl this November an...
Selling our existing house was the only major hurtle that had to be overcome before building an addition onto “This Old Crack House”. Coincidently, I’ve held a tool-sale every January in the stain shop. I would sell excess tools. These were refurnished tools that had been replaced with a newer model. Often various manufactures would ask me to test new models and give them feedback. For the most part, they would not expect the tool back at the end of the test and the tool was ours to d...
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