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