Sqeezing more shop into small space continues #5. The Kitty Condo attacks!

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Blog entry by dbhost posted 08-04-2009 11:29 PM 861 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch

While there was a certain amount of truth to what I told my lovely bride about just WHY I was spending so much time in the workshop cleaning and rearranging things…

You see the house we are in was also my bachelor pad, and has been for the last several years where we are trying to sort through the meshing of two lives, what goes where, what stays, what just goes…

I have been taking things that honestly shouldn’t be in the house, back out to the shop. I mean who really needs a pressure washer in the master bedroom closet right?

So as we clean, and organize space makes itself available for proper storage of stuff that otherwise has no place… And we have the chance to say, yeah, I love that old whatsit and it should really be on the mantle, or I HATE that old piece of junk, throw it out, or donate it!

So now I have some room around my saw, worse yet, I have some materials to work with, and a 3/4 finished kitty condo. (You do recall from my earlier blog posts that the condo top shelf was too narrow, so it got donated as a shop shelf for the clamp racks and safety gear don’t you?)

It is getting DANGEROUSLY close to time to finish this kitty condo up. (Be on the lookout for a completed project soon that isn’t shop related!) The concept for the top tier is… 18” deep x 24” wide shelf, 3/4” ply, edged so it makes a 1” deep box, with a 9” diameter hole on one side right OVER where the tier below it is so Kitty can jump up and onto it… The box part gets filled with polyester batting, and the top tier gets covered i leopard coat fake fur, the rest of the tiers in tan carpet, and the uprights get wrapped in Sisal rope…

I am also needing the 6’ long shelf for the shop to be completed, as well as the mounting boards for the bench top tools. I have a full sheet of 3/4” pine ply, and a full sheet. I can bob off the pieces I need out of this arrangement with some scrap / left over. That leftover can be used to redo my band saw log resaw jig, so no real loss there!

I am also heading out in a few minutes to go grab a table saw to be rehabbed. The seller is getting rid of it dirt cheap. Blade won’t spin, but the motor hums, and when unplugged blade will spin by hand EASILY… Sounds to me like either an easy throw new belts on it and sell for a profit, or part it out for a profit kind of arrangement… All in all, a good deal.

As I get closer to done, we will see how well the designed out space actually works. So far it is showing promise…

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