Earlier today I made a down-and-dirty hand plane till. Yesterday I hung the Stanley No. 5 and 6 on individual racks—lift up and pull out. Now it looks like I didn’t have many. I guess not, but they sure took up a lot of bench top space before. Do I buy more planes and added on for them, or do I use the free space on the left for something else? Nah. You can never have too many hand planes. :)
I needed more wall space to get hand and power tools organized and out in the open, so I decided to work over the small patch of stone wall between the benches on the West side of the shop. Here is what the area looked like before conversion: The finished conversion: The most important criteria was that nothing hanging or sitting on the shelves would be struck by hands, shoulders or hips while walking past the wall. I frequently rely upon the AC-powered B&D electric drill, es...
“Winning the war one battle at a time.” I’ve pretty much put on hold any woodworking projects until the dungeon workshop is organized to the point where everything is put away and I have at least a gambler’s chance of finding things when I need them. With Christmas two and a half months away, it’s imperative that I get to that point as soon as possible. I’ve found over the summer that studding up ‘false walls’ over field stone was a go...
The South Room will never make it in an issue of Better Homes and Gardens. For what I need, it’s coming along better than expected. I’m not done with the space. The East (left side) and South walls are damp, even wet, all year round, so I doubt I will ever stud up a wall. I also doubt the gold colored steel cabinet will stay there. For now it keeps me from bumping my ribs or head against the capped off gas line service coming out of the wall. You can see the capped end to t...
I Just purchased a, new to me Ridgid TS2424 table saw. It is going to be replacing my Craftsman 10in with slide outs and a fence that was far from cooperative. As you can imagine, I am quite excited. So I want to reconfigure my work shop around the new saw. I have ordered a Kreg plate and plan to remove one side of the Cast grates and turn it into my router table. I am looking for suggestions on nearly anything at this point. I will post pictures tomorrow of my shop as it is now and just show...
In my previous blog post I gave a tour of The Dungeon Workshop. Near the end was a picture of what I call the South Room (SR). From the picture you can see it has been a catch-all for what I don’t know what to do with. I vowed this year the crap would go, the tools would get sorted and put away, and raw materials placed where I could draw from when needed. Accumulation of tools, equipment and supplies have only added to the mess I started with. I need the space. I needed to be able to f...
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So where have I been since June? Sick for over a month. Then dealing with Dad’s Estate Sale, which was a lot of work. And then playing catchup on projects that should have been started months before. I’m still running full speed to get caught up before the cold weather arrives. Not sure if I will make it. Earlier I had some projects in the works. As it turned out, they were all back-burnered or resolved without completion. I wasn’t upset. The dungeon needed to be organize...
I swear my tools multiply when I’m not looking. After looking over my city’s building codes I saw that I can have a 10×20 barn without a permit. I bought a second kit just like the one I built in 2008 and added it onto the back of my current shop. I’m about 2 months in on this project so far(I can only work on it on the weekends). It’s still a long way from being done but I at least have a roof of sorts and I plan on adding some windows to the building to le...
From cluttered garage to organized (hopefully) wood shop!! #5: Journey continues - time to tackle the bench and tool area!!
This is SUPER slow-going… It is really difficult to see in pictures, for many reasons. Obviously, if someone is viewing the pics, there is only a cursory and “2D” perception of what is really around! But, writing as the person doing all the cleanup? I feel a massive and satisfying sense of accomplishment. And I am not nearly done yet! Finally began removing lots of the items and storage boxes/bins from the garage; I have been staging all the containers ...
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