I finally ran the numbers. My shop is a 1-car rental garage in cramped, suburban LA. Making things extra strange is that there is a 6’ tall cinder block wall running down one side of the property that terminates right at the corner of my garage. It actually buts into it, overlapping the wall by the width of the cinder blocks. The fence around the back of the property passes about 4’ behind the garage, giving me a little tree-covered (Hollywood Junipers and Ficus benjamina) area I ...
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...
Hi everyone, well, after almost 4 years of continuously fine tuning my crawlspace shop, with no access larger than 30ish inches, I’m moving into a home with a basement. You know what this means, more room for my shop! I’m going from roughly 90 square feet (seriously, it’s that small), some of which is well under 6 feet tall (I’m 6’1”) to somewhere in the area of 240 square feet. Next stop, two car garage…but lets not get ahead of ourselves. For th...
Forgive My Insensitivity… A public Thank You is in order before I go any further. I had some great support from two individuals that are a part of LumberJocks. I relied heavily on Dave Pruett for “on call” support to figure out how to edit / process / and post my video. I need to thank Marc Spagnuolo as well. I did not continually call him like Dave, but his advice and pointers were taken to heart and helped me out as well. As with my woodworking, my achievement...
Latest design for South wall This is my design for a cabinet to hold all of my bolts, screws, and nails. Progress Pic of it. Bolt bins are in place. This is my design for a cabinet to hold all of my wood finishes and glues and my wifes paint. (unsupported end screwed to studs) Progress pics, sorry for all the junk in the way. I had to throw everything out of the middle of the floor in order to fit the triler in overnight. Workbench is in the background (not for fine wo...
I can’t even discribe to you all how I felt Sunday. I don’t think those words are appropriate here, but I’m sure most of you have used them before. Have you ever assumed something. There is a reason that people say assume makes an ass out of u and me. I do know better, but my Dad was at the house Sunday and we thought we’d get a bunch done. The first order of business was to get the crown molding and other moldings out of the middle of the floor so we had room to...
Well, I finally sat down last night night and drew up the shop. This was the first attempt, so it may change some. Also most of the tools/cabinets are very rough or borrowed. I’ll try to get them better when gets closer to constructing them. I’ll start you out on the East wall. Most of this is already set in stone you might say. I am planning on putting a pipe rack over the double garage door. May get used for dimensional lumber storage as well. On the left is my double ...
I am going to “try” to do a good job of taking more pictures of my shop remodel than I usually do. Of course I have already failed in that because I forgot to take the before pictures with all of tools randomly scattered around and very unuseful. Intro: I have been very lucky in the last six months in that my lovely wife has allowed me to expand my tool collection. I have bought most of my tools or received them as gifts in the last 6 months actually. See my other posts for...
New shop under construction #3: Electrical and Plumbing are almost done. And look, a birthday surprise!
The outside of the shop is almost done all that’s left is to put the shutters and crown moulding on the front window and put the gutters on. The overhead doors won’t be installed until the drywall and paint are complete. The electricians have been working at a good pace and the rough-in is all completed. The plumbing and electrical inspections should be today. My 40th birthday is coming up soon. My shop has gone so far over budget that I informed my wife a month or so ag...
The shop is not finished but it is operational again. I need to use the space for a project I have going right now. I still have plenty of work ahead to finish it. I can wait on floor cabinets and worktop but the upper cabinets or at least some open cubby boxes to store glue, sandpaper, routers, etc. are a must. Clamp storage on the wall will clear a good bit of floor space. I did not have to buy hardly anything to do this work, it was material that I had on hand. I have many more id...
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