“If you don’t have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it again?”
The above is a quote from Coach John Wooden of UCLA. As my family and I have moved into a new house I’ll be moving into a new shop. Considering that I have a completely blank slate to work with that quote will hopefully be my new mantra as I venture into creating a new workspace for my woodworking and general hacketry.
Here’s how things looked when we moved into the new house at the beginning of September. Bare concrete walls, 4 single bulb light fixtures, and not an outlet to be seen:
As soon as I began spending any time down in the “shop” I quickly realized that it was dark. Real dark, and a bit gloomy to boot. I quickly remedied that with 5 gallons of masonry paint rolled on in 2 coats.
The white paint had helped out some but it was still dark and shadowy. I needed light and lots of it. This is where being a demolition contractor came in mighty handy. We had just started a new project in a care facility and were contracted to demolish some light fixtures. So last week the boys scabbed me 5 T8 light fixtures off the job. I wired them all together in parallel.
This is where I currently sit vaguely 2 months into the new shop project. Up next is gathering the funds and the supplies for a new 100 amp subpanel and all new electrical wiring for wall outlets.
-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty