We recently moved from Austin, Texas to Newbury New Hampshire. My wife, youngest daughter and I are taking a mid life sabbatical from the same old grind, downsizing, simplifying, home schooling and trying to figure out what we are going to do when (if) we all grow up. I have always wanted to work with wood but being hyper focused on chasing the almighty dollar since I was 12 years old (with some success) I could never get to the point of building skills with the tools I would buy on a whi...
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...
I decided to build a charging station to store my cordless drills. It turned out pretty well and really helped because I just had my drills laying around and my chargers in different places with the cords in the way…. Thanks for watching! If your interested you can find Will’s blog here:http://www.o2thinkbig.co.uk/Projects/Project-Home/?clubId=1739
I thought I would finally post some images of my workshop. It is still being modified but improving. I currently work out of a 12×24 workshop and when weather becomes adverse my tools must be mobile to allow for my wife to pull in out of the elements. Eventually I plan to have a dedicated shop some day but it will be some time from now. I am still young and other items take priority as most others know. That said I have had to work smarter and more efficient to make the most of my...
Have a look at my french cleat system in my shop. It’s a very versatile system that can easily adapt to your storage needs. Check out my Youtube Channel for more videos, http://www.youtube.com/user/SailingandSuch?feature=guide Thanks for watching!
Here is a quick shop tour video for everyone. Enjoy! Thanks for watching!
My shop is in our musty 2-car garage, and while the space itself is quite a bit larger than your average 2 car garage, it is awkward due to the fact we park 2 cars in it (with a single garage door), the presence of some structural posts, an ancient and ginormous furnace, water heater, and laundry. Sometimes I drool at the space a new furnace and tankless water heater would afford me, but that’s another discussion for another day… It has taken me 2 years to determine the optimu...
In this second installment of the chronicle, I wanted to validate my priorities with you guys. But that will have to wait for the next chronicle because before I go there, I’d need to add some information which came out of a questions asked in my first blog, “what do I intend to do in that shop”. I must admit it is a big consideration which impacts the whole shop layout. Well there is no simple answer to this question. The true answer is I do ”what must be done” as much of my work is based...
I made the first steps in setting up my shop today. I already have a workbench but currently it sits outside, not such a good plan with temperatures hitting 36C everyday and the rains approaching. We rent a house on the outskirts of Bangkok which has a small shed sized storage room which was full of the landlords old junk. Today a truck from a local temple arrived with 4 or 5 guys and they cleared it out and took everything away. Now I can start to clean it up, slap some paint on the walls an...
I hope you will all bear with me as I learn the tricks of woodworking. I am basically starting from scratch but I feel better saying that I am “starting over” in my woodworking. I did some ww back in the early 1980s but due to a divorce, moving, not having a place and losing custody of a lot of my tools, I am just now getting back to it. I may have bunches of questions as I go. I am relagated to a small workshop due to space constraints in my yard. I just do not have enough...
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