A journey into the workshop. #69: More shop organization. Hey, I have a FLOOR!

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Blog entry by dbhost posted 09-13-2010 06:04 PM 4123 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Yes, a silly thing to take notice of, but I have a floor under all that lumber, and whatnot…

Now having said that, I have a LONG way to go before the useless junk is fully out of the shop, but the weekend did some some productivity.

On Friday night, I had managed to get the lathe, and badly disorganized stack of sheet goods and sheet cutoffs moved away from the wall. The lumber rack was installed.

Saturday daytime was shot to, well let’s just say it’s neither Heaven, nor Houston… Saturday evening I did manage to get about 1/3 of the lumber that needed to be put up, up into the lumber rack. The sheet goods, including the decent sized cutoffs were put in their proper place, and the lathe was put back, temporarily against the sheet goods on the wall. I still have to get the junk out of the west bay before the lathe finds its final home…

Yesterday was the big day. Not entirely in the shop, but I managed to mow, edge, weed eat and pull the weeds from both front and back yards, the gate frame was FINALLY mounted up, and the center rail for the gate frame was installed. This means tonight, the rot board and the few remaining pickets get installed, and this weekend, or sooner if time allows, I have to get to Home Depot, or Lowes, buy, and install a proper gate latch.

The 5” jumper hose came in from Grizzly last week as well, and the split lock pipe had to be, uh, reduced, and the hose stretched (hair dryer) to make it all fit nice, but the outlet is set up to go between the Thien and the DC. I am having a SERIOUS debate if I want to just buy a shorter 5” nipple for the inlet to the Thien, or a pair of HVAC duct crimpers to reduce the size. I am leaning toward the nipple as I will never use the crimpers again as long as I live I suspect… This is going to leave me with a bit of surplus 5” duct that is simply trash. I may end up using some of the sheet metal to cap off where the original 4” inlet went into the lid….

Tonight, my back willing, I am planning on moving the remainder of the full length stock to the lumber rack, then starting on the shorter cutoffs.

I have WAY too much in the way of SYP cutoffs, and the stuff is dirt cheap. I am seriously considering just chunking that stuff to the curb… I need the room WAY more than I need a mess of cutoffs…

am dangerously close to ready for my sheet rock work to get started. I need to figure out what to do with my hand held power tools while that is in work. I may have to do that overhead hutch sort of layout on the Strong Tie and 2×4 workbench. just to get that stuff off the table saw, and I should do it SOON…

The hurry to get the cutoffs out, and off my floor is because UPS is supposed to be at my house today, with my Grizzly G0752 Hanging Air Filter with remote… I better be happy with this thing, Grizzly has made me wait an unreasonable amount of time for it to finally show up, and for $30.00 more I could have had the Jet that went on sale after I bought the Grizzly… Anyway, the idea is to get this thing up, and mounted ASAP… I also need to get my canoe DOWN and out to the yard as soon as I can secure the back yard. The “Hitching Post” for the boat is installed and ready to go. A simple LARGE U bolt and plate concreted in to a small post hole. The boat will rest of saw horses, and have a heavy duty bicycle cable lock arrangement, the boat will be covered with a home made Tyvek boat cover to keep UV from killing my plastic boat, and keep the critters out of it. FWIW, I know the locking setup isn’t the best, but it is just to keep the honest people honest. This is a Pelican canoe, not a Mad River or Old Town… I want to take care of it not go psycho over it…

Likewise, my dust collection corner, including the Craftsman toolbox is getting rearranged, and the Canoe Hauler T post, and Hitch Haul cargo carrier are going to be moved behind the tool box. Which should roll aside easy enough to grab those items when needed.The Hitch Haul hasn’t been used in 4 years though, I used it ALL the time with my old Ranger, but the F150 bed is big enough I haven’t needed the extra space…

We have also made good progress peeling back the layers thick of bad 1980s and 1990s wallpaper in the guest bath, we should be ready to replace the puppy chewed up trim, and patch the sheet rock this upcoming weekend as well… Once that is done, apply the texture, let that dry, prime and paint those walls!

I SERIOUSLY need help with these projects. I have way too much to do, in too short of a time period, and I am running myself stupid trying to do them… Oh well, that is kind of the story of my life…

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#1 posted 09-13-2010 08:24 PM

Re the canoe, I had a Core-Craft for about 20 years, it saw a lot of mileage in the Quetico-Superior canoe country and on miscellaneous trips in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Alaska. It was fiberglass and a little heavy, but it held up well and survived the trip from Wisconsin to Alaska on top of my used Jimmy, including the Alaska Highway. Like the plastic, they do fade in the sun, and probably deterioriate very slowly from the UV.

I have got to throw a bunch of cutoffs away as well, they are not likely to be used. Some of them are probaly about 15 years old….........(-:

Did a bunch of design work this last weekend, but not much shop time. I keep using partially done shop projects to work on other shop projects, each of which was started for an obvious need. DC is a big one right now and I am building a Rube Goldberg mystery object to help with the DC with portable tools especially.

Off to Seattle, and subsequently Hawaii this weekend. Will try to keep in touch while gone.


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#2 posted 09-13-2010 08:37 PM

LOL. I have paddled most of the bayous and rivers in my area with my cheapie little Pelican. Mine is the Ram-XCell model, that is the Ram-X plastic sandwich around a foam core. it is heavy at 84 lbs dry, but an easy portage over short distances, usually I don’t have to bother hauling the boat except from water to truck, and truck to water…

For what it’s worth, the boat is a Pelican Excursion 146DLX, if you recall Coleman used to sell canoes, they were actually rebranded Pelicans… This is the second to the top of their line as it has Ash thwarts, and seats.

My BIL has an older Old Town Tripper 17’ in his yard that has sat unprotected for several years. The results are very unpretty…

FWIW, if I had the $$ to indulge all of my hobbies to the depths I would like, that Canoe would be a Mad River Explorer KX Ultralite. 16’ 6” and 48lbs with the wooden gunwales and seats. Can you say Kevlar is my friend? There is just something about the nearly $3,100.00 price tag that keeps me away from it…

The purge has actually already begun as the cutoffs from the fence project have already been tossed into the trash. I am sure my waste management professionals do NOT appreciate my cleanup efforts…

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#3 posted 09-13-2010 11:33 PM

I used a pair of metal fence posts with a 2X6 across the top to support my old canoe off of the ground. It worked better than sawhorses since it was easy to mow/weedeat under the canoe and around a single post at each end rather than around the legs of sawhorses. The canoe was a 1952 Grumman aluminum 17 ft square stern model. Spent way too much time upside down in the yard.

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