A journey into the workshop. #63: Some cleanup, and looking up at my ceiling...

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Blog entry by dbhost posted 08-27-2010 04:05 PM 1440 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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In the process of moving the lumber out of the shop for the fence, I have been doing some desperately needed cleanup, and it amazes me how much, not wood shop related stuff is out of place in my shop. Thus far I have cleaned out or organized the following.

#1. Busted radiator, hoses, and clamps off of my Saturn SL2. #2. 8 80# bags of QuickCrete. I am missing 2 in the shop somewhere. #3. A single busted 16 foot piece of Hardisoffit, solid, Cedar mill texture. #4. Shipping box for the Goldstar 8K BTU window unit A/C that we bought a few years ago when the home A/C went out in August… #5. Bags and bags of junk that was dredged out of behind, and under the seats, and in the trunk of the cars and the pickup truck. #6. Fireworks. (?!) that are in my garage / shop somehow… Had I known I had them, I would have taken them to the beach and set them off for the 4th of July. #7. Stacks of CB Radio parts from back in the day… The 4×4 club still insists on CB radio for all club runs. (I have 3 Realistic 40ch SSB radios, power mics, and 102” whips in there…). #8. Sockets, ratchets, etc that were everywhere, finally got put up. #9. New Shark Guard with pawls and 4” port replaced my EARLY SG with no pawls and 2” port. I opted to leave the graphics off of the guard this time. #10. Spare motor and service parts for my BT3100 stowed away.

I wish I had more time, and of course $$ to finish my projects. The new shop dog decided that the lower portion of my Woodcraft stool was something worth chewing on, so I need to take it in to an upholstery shop to see if I can get it recovered. I would like to save the Woodcraft logo top, but replace the sides…

All in all I have a LOT more to go, but I need the space desperately. I have visitors coming for Christmas, and I have a convertible crib / full size bed that I need to strip and re-stain, tape texture and paint the ceiling sheetrock in the middle bedroom (AC drain failed right over that…), paint and get that room ready for Christmas guests… I need the room in my shop to do the needed woodwork. I am certain LOML will HATE it if I try doing this in the house…


I forgot to mention the ceiling part of this whole thing!
As the lumber for the fence keeps going out the front door, I am getting closer, and closer, and closer to min goal of being able to hang, install bulbs, and power up my last 2 shop lights. I am a bit psyched about this as half the shop is well lit, and the other half is a dank, dark hole… Once the lights are mounted and working, I need to also give SERIOUS consideration to where the air cleaner is going. Prior mention on some forum posts here told of my order of the Grizzly G0572 Air Cleaner, I need it somewhat toward the center of the ceiling as that is where the power for it is coming from, but I would actually like it off toward the side, the way Grizzly shows in the manual, to kind of keep the air moving in a circular motion. Now honestly, the G0572 is WAY bigger than my 375 sq ft shop needs, and the timer is pointless. I simply turn off the lights and I take away power for it anyway… But that is another story all together… And it will have to wait for about 2 more weeks as Grizzly is back ordered on this model…

Well, tonight and tomorrow I will be able to work on the fence, meaning more is coming out of the shop. I bet I am going to drive LOML nuts with the storage projects I need to start on though!

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Jim Bertelson

4170 posts in 3129 days

#1 posted 08-27-2010 05:08 PM

Sherie is having some new cabinets installed in her fiberarts space (the old rec room). Includes a new computer center and the space for the TV and audio system. Of course, that leads to the issue of what to do with the old glass fronted cabinets. Unfortunately, nothing I could use, and so far, I have kept them out of the shop. I have learned to guard the shop area with barred teeth and growls.

I am on call this weekend, and the current project is routing out slots in the project table top, which is mostly finished. But routing in MDF has got to be the dustiest job there is. It would take me 20 minutes just to get cleaned up to go the hospital, so can’t do that this weekend, I wear ear protectors and a mask, so it is also a hot job. Got much of it done last weekend.

Since Sherie is out of town this weekend I have a bunch of chores…............but at least the computer is nearly totally up to snuff, running pretty smooth….......



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#2 posted 08-27-2010 05:10 PM

I’ve just finished a major overhaul of my shop and I agree, it is amazing how much crap collects in the shop. Unfortunately, it is always a challenge of where to put everything, my shop is my garage and as much as I’d like to have nothing but tools and wood in it I have to sacrifice space for all the “other” stuff. One day I’ll have a dedicated workshop….one day….

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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#3 posted 08-27-2010 07:21 PM

I feel your pain I have a no scrap/crap policy I an implementing and rearranging tools to better suit my work habits and adding windows for more light is definably on my to do list before winter!!!!!!

-- Proverbs Ch:3 vs 5,6,7 Trust in the lord with all thine heart and lean not unto your own understanding but in all your ways aknowledge him and he shall direct your path

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#4 posted 08-27-2010 07:40 PM

I wish I could add windows… HOA would throw a screaming fit…

I am not tossing the scrap as it were, just organizing it better, and throwing out the junk… Mind you, some of that junk is cutoffs that are things like loose knots and such… I COULD glue it all up and chuck it on the lathe, but with a steady stream of good sized limb cutoffs of various interesting species, why bother?

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#5 posted 08-27-2010 08:49 PM

I spent all winter on the weekends cleaning, organizing and painting my Shop inside and then it got “HOT”.
I am waiting till it cools down again to start round two. I did get most of the painting done including the ceiling. My arms have been hurting all summer I don’t know if it is the RA I have or just getting old.

Good luck with your cleaning it looks like if afflicts all of us. <;-)#

-- Swede -- time to make some sawdust

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#6 posted 08-28-2010 12:50 PM

some day I hope to have a standalone shop and not an attach garage so it will be harder of the wife to put hear junk in it and all the crap that get pulled out of the car and left foe me to clean up and throe out

-- Robert Laddusaw and no I am not smarter then a fifth grader ( and no I canot spell so if it is a problem don't read it ))

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