LumberJocks

Dave Talks #2: What, no woodworking? A tour of a disasterously messy shop.

  • Advertise with us
Blog entry by dbhost posted 07-11-2016 03:51 AM 1026 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: A trip to Harbor Freight, vacuum pump, legalities, and shop cleanup. Part 2 of Dave Talks series Part 3: Cleanup in a hot shop, recycling issues, various projects, and finding just the right wood. »

In today’s video I answer the viewer question from my last video. What, no woodworking?

My regular readers / viewers know why, but I illustrate in it’s full ugliness a very dirty shop that is simply too hot, and too dangerous to work in.

Native Texans laugh at me for not handling the heat, to which I say Guilty! What can I say?

Anyway I take you for a quick spin through my shop, and show you exactly why I haven’t exactly had woodworking projects to share

Mind you, the big woodworking project I am working on isn’t in my shop, and is a gift for my father in law. To respect his privacy I am not going to post that project here. Sorry.

https://youtu.be/qvExGzf_WZI

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com



8 comments so far

View Jim Bertelson's profile

Jim Bertelson

3962 posts in 2625 days


#1 posted 07-12-2016 03:56 PM

It is obvious, you do not have enough space. If the garage is not supposed to have a car in it ever, then wall units might give you more storage. But you have too much stuff in there that cannot be easily stored in a shop. You might consider a couple of smaller portable storage units that wouldn’t require a zoning consideration. You could store the lawn gear, grill, etc in those. Perhaps get one for the in-laws as well….......(-:

We have a number of Costco shelving units in the in our storage areas, and they help a lot. But they take up room.

Hopefully, there will be fewer life distractions as time goes on, and you will be able to put that shop to use again. I like the infrastructure work you did, including, as I recall, insulation, wallboard, painting, garage door upgrading, and dust collection. And once you get it cleaned up and organized, set down some rules for the area, and stick to them.

It’s going to be 78 here today, so it will be a nice day. When it gets into the 80’s, that is a little too warm for me. Although I have spent time in temperatures over a 100 degrees…......Fresno, CA and Egypt come to mind. We Alaskans in general, do not have great heat tolerance. It probably results from some long term reset of our body metabolism.

Have a good day…......

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

View dbhost's profile

dbhost

5604 posts in 2692 days


#2 posted 07-12-2016 07:53 PM

I’ve been considering a shed, or some smaller outdoor storage units for the Lawn and Garden stuff. I think if I could get that, and the sporting goods out of the shop, I’d be good. Still a small space, but good…

I have to finish my FIL’s deck, get the Saturn done, and pay a couple of bills the rest of the way off then I can dive into probably design / build a proper, but small storage shed, Probably a simple salt box tacked on to the fence to maximize my use of space on my lot…

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com

View Jim Bertelson's profile

Jim Bertelson

3962 posts in 2625 days


#3 posted 07-13-2016 03:18 PM

I think the smaller storage structures would come under the headings of doable, repurposable, and disposable. Meaning, even if you did make a bigger structure later, the small ones could be repurposed or broken down for salvage. With that in mind, I would make a couple of identical units, and put them together with screws or nuts and bolts. That way the lumber could be reused, or the unit even taken apart and stored. I am guessing that a structure has to be a certain size to transgress the zoning requirements…....is that the case? If there is still a problem with zoning, then put some wood discs on them that look like wheels…..........(-:

I am just full of free advice this morning….........(-:

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

View dbhost's profile

dbhost

5604 posts in 2692 days


#4 posted 07-13-2016 03:23 PM

That’s kind of what I am a simple 2×4, plywood, and most likely Strong Ties affair. Just make a box with a floor, walls, and a slant roof. I could keep them under fence height, and the HOA will never have reason to fuss, Be done with it and get storage straightened out quick…

Time to get busy with Sketchup. Oh and to get a quote on about 3 yards of gravel and 3 yards of garden soil delivered. I need to level up the areas the storage units would be, and cover some tree roots that are erupting from my magnolias.

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com

View Jim Bertelson's profile

Jim Bertelson

3962 posts in 2625 days


#5 posted 07-13-2016 03:59 PM

Many is the time I thought I would need to do something big and wonderful, but it never got done. And then I ended up doing something much less involved, and it was more than adequate. My wife occasionally is the impetus to revert to the KISS principal. She has a practical view on things, generally.

I have used a few Strong Ties over the years, and I know there are a bunch of them in this house and the deck. I don’t tend to make structures on that scale, so don’t think about them much. I see them used on “This Old House” and they make sense.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

View dbhost's profile

dbhost

5604 posts in 2692 days


#6 posted 07-14-2016 12:07 AM

Well I’m sure as God made little green apples not going to do Mortise and Tenon joinery on a lawnmower box…! So Strong ties it is!

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com

View Jim Bertelson's profile

Jim Bertelson

3962 posts in 2625 days


#7 posted 07-14-2016 03:00 AM

With you on that….......go for it….....

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

View Smitty_Cabinetshop's profile

Smitty_Cabinetshop

13713 posts in 2079 days


#8 posted 07-14-2016 03:28 PM

Your shop space suffers the same fate as mine: paralysis by clutter.

Set stuff anywhere (Law of the Flat) and it’s in the way when a later operation needs that space. Bring stuff into the space and it displaces some other thing that’s supposed to fit there. My shop isn’t ‘dual use’ like yours, but I feel your pain. Good video, thanks for sharing.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

HomeRefurbers.com