Workshop Overhaul #2: Wood Shop Overhaul Began today.

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Blog entry by docholladay posted 05-31-2011 07:18 AM 1511 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I am absolutely beat after today. I’ve been so impressed with some of the shops posted her on LJ’s that today I began a complete overhaul of my shop. I’m making an effort to improve the efficiency of my shop layout. My shop is small, so there isn’t much to do to magically make more space. I’ve got to get things arranged better so that I can make more of the space that I have. A few things I am doing are:

1) Covering the walls with 1/2” OSB painted white and painting the ceiling white. This will help to brighten things up a bit. Also, this makes it easier to use the wall space for storage. Also adding some insulation to make things a bit more comfortable during the extreme hots and colds.

2) I’m running new electrical. Outlets mounted roughtly 4 ft off of the floor and spaced every 6 feet or so so that there will always be a convenient electrical outlet handy. Also, I will be updating my lighting a bit, but haven’t bought that yet.

3) Running air lines along one wall with 4 drops so that an air outlet will also always be handy.

4) Arranging my most frequently used tools so that I can get at them without having to move things around. In particular, this will involve my drill press and my band saw.

5) Putting my planer and jointer on wheels so that they can easily be rolled out into the driveway when needed and then stored away underneath my lumber rack when not in use.

6) I’m going to build a dedicated sharpening station. Hopefully, with this, I won’t put off sharpening untill I have a bunch of tools that need to be sharpened.

7) After I complete the shop overhaul, the first project is going to be a new, slighly larger, work bench. This will do double duty as the outfeed for my table saw.

My wife has decided to add her touch. This is Crimson Tide country and since the walls are white, she is painting my peg board racks red to match my big red tool box. Today, I got about half of one wall done with the OSB and electical. Since space is so tight, I have to work in sections and then move stuff into the area that I just completed. I will be blogging about the progress as I go and will update my shop photos when completed. It should be quite a transformation.


-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

10 comments so far

View SheboyganWI's profile


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#1 posted 05-31-2011 07:58 AM


Sounds like you have some work ahead of you..But i bet its going to work out nice when complete..

I have a nice sized shop (1500sq ft), that’s the upside..Downside is that its 5 mins from home and i have yet to set it all up so i can start building things..Boy what i wouldn’t do to find some time to do some of the things i see on here with others shops


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#2 posted 05-31-2011 01:21 PM

painting everything white will benefit you a lot. a tip for lighting: if you’re gonna use florescent, get the cold start/quick start fixtures. they are instant on weather it is hot or cold

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#3 posted 05-31-2011 03:10 PM

Sounds good, Doc.

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#4 posted 05-31-2011 04:08 PM

Doc, It’s always fun and rewarding to improve one’s shop and I hope everything goes well for you. I’ll be looking forward to your blog with interest.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#5 posted 05-31-2011 10:29 PM

OOOH NO another shop overhoul an I bett yours will turn as nicely as Randy┬┤s :-(
thank you for putting me further down into the shame sewer

but I look forward to see the result :-) and the easyest way is to make an apointment
with Harry Potter to come and fix it for you :-)))))


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#6 posted 06-01-2011 02:29 AM

That sound like the best investment possible.
Look forward to see some photos.
Especially of the wifes details this sounds wonderful.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#7 posted 06-01-2011 07:25 AM

way to go doc, yea i agree with Dennis, your going to shame some of us to try and do better with our own shops..although my shop does not take sides when it comes to football, this is where i put my helmet on…i really don’t care that much for football…id rather work in the shop, they watch grown men beat on each other over a leather ball…LOL…see now i need a suit of armor…as ill prob take a beating for that one…grizz…...but if it helps..i would like to see a foot race between a tiger and an elephant…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#8 posted 06-01-2011 07:45 AM

OK doc, here’s your ATTA BOY..Proud of you. You are going to really love working in your new shop. Go for it.
BTW I have a special spot for RED myself, only it’s on them Arkansas hawgs. lol Rand

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Big Ben

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#9 posted 06-28-2011 08:49 PM


Look forward to seeing the progress in your shop.

Why did you go with OSB?

View docholladay's profile


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#10 posted 06-28-2011 09:14 PM

Big Ben,

The decision on OSB was simple. It costs 1/2 of the cost of the equivalent construction grade plywood and don’t even get me started on the cost of cabinet grade plywood. I just wanted to get something on the walls that I could paint white to help with lighting and that would give me the luxury of being able to drive a nail or a screw into the wall wherever I want to.


-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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