A journey into the workshop. #87: Got on a good roll with the cleanup, but didn't get as far as I had wanted to...

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Blog entry by dbhost posted 08-16-2013 01:52 PM 1060 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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Well, I have a large tote, approx 24”w X 24”h X 48”l. And it was up until yesterday, jam packed with mechanics tools, sockets, box end wrenches, impact wrench, air hammer, bits, several clamps of differing varieties, ball joint press, and extended size cup set, tap and die set, multimeter, jack stands, pry bars, pretty much you name it, mechanics tool wise, it was probably in there.

Well after spending at least 2 hours on the project, I can proudly and honestly state that my mechanics tools, minus the ball joint press and cup set are put up where they belong. Along with reshelving my power drills, drill bits, and other misc bits and pieces, so I am at least making a dent in my messy shop…

It’s not much of a way to store it but I did get an opportunity to hang up the my dozen quick grips as well to the bar in front of my clamp rack I had been using for spring clamps. It works more or less, but Lord help me if I need any 6” F clamps! Yeah a new clamp racking system is being brewed up in my head for build once the rest of this is done.

Speaking of clamp racking system, I am thinking something along the lines of Suwat Phruksawan’s folding clamp rack, OR possibly and more conveniently, an upright, rolling clamp rack. The better question there though, where to put it when not in use…

LOML wants to spend the weekend cleaning up, painting the trim in, and replacing the chandelier in the dining room. I of course need to get my hands on a contractor pack or 2 of Decora wall plates in bright white to finish things off, and then I get to hurry up and get the shop done. I need the table saw, and my planer for ny next project. Preparring lumber for, building, and installing a cedar sheath for the ridge beam in the living room cathedral ceiling. Probably paint the drywall by it before I get the cedar up there. Last thing I want to do is get Glidden Ceiling White paint on brand spanking new Cedar trim…

That means, more cleaning in the shop, and then get busy, busy busy with our sheet rock, and reinstalling everything in the shop. Should be a fun process…

I am under time pressure here to. The living room, small hallway, and 2 bedrooms need to be done before February.

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#1 posted 08-19-2013 10:30 AM

Little and often is the key, so long as you have a plan, stick to it (barring emergencies) and you will be surprised how quickly the work will be done.

If you don’t mind me saying, make sure to take some time out from time to time, for both yourself and for those close to you.


-- No one plans to fail, they just, just fail to plan

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