My workshop makeover #1: workshop makeover and cabinet GLOAT...

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Blog entry by Napaman posted 07-02-2009 04:57 PM 3928 reads 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This week we finished our new garden shed…and the consequence from that is that I will get a chance to completely re-do my shop…it will be a work in progress…but I am really looking forward to turning out a lot more shop projects…and most of all having the room to put things in a proper order…

When we got word that we were going to make the shed (see my story on my shed) I decided I would stop all wood working until i could re-organize the shop…right now it is a disaster because I gave up on putting things away—-knowing I had just acquired a bunch of FREE cabinets (four) and would be taking A LOT of junk out of my garage…

So…with the completion of the shed…I hung new shelves in the shed this week and started hauling all the camping gear, garden stuff and other junk in my garage…

With the wall clear of junk and shelves (a literally gained 3×20 feet) I finally got a my back right corner where i had a ton of scrap wood…in piles…I couldnt even walk on that side…now it is all standing up straight in the corner with the smaller pieces in boxes…and I can actually walk between my “bench” and that wall to get out the back of my shop.


The best part is that I got 4 FREE cabinets from Napa HS—-they are remodeling their science building and ripped these out…I had them sitting on our back patio for 3 weeks since I got them—-but now they are all in the shop along the right wall…they need tops…


Right now I am thinking of making the two smaller cabinets into a miter saw station…putting a top on each and them connecting them with a benchtop that connects the two at a lower level so they all meet at the same level…right now I have to take my chop saw out to my picnic table every time I want to use it with any longer wood and so i rarely use it…


With the two larger cabinets i am thinking of putting them a long the same wall…OR possibly putting them back to back and building a nice large work surface…with some separation between them…right now I am using two sawhorses with a piece of plywood on top as my bench…

Either way I have tons more storage with all those drawers…it will be great…

Shop Goals:
1) work bench
2)miter station
3) lumber rack
4) shop cabinets (hanging from wall)
5) new electrical
6)lots more???????

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#1 posted 07-02-2009 05:03 PM

You’ve acquired some nice cabinets.
They’ll be a lot of help with your reorganization.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#2 posted 07-02-2009 05:04 PM

Wow!! Recycled Broadhead Garret cabinets!! We used those in my shop when the school was built and they are still in use!! What a score!! You lucky Dog!!!!!!!!!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#3 posted 07-02-2009 05:26 PM

I need to add a number of those goals to my shop, particularly lumber storage. The Wife was asking me about that just this weekend…

-- Beer, Beer, Thank God for Beer. It's my way of keeping my mind fresh and clear...

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#4 posted 07-02-2009 05:31 PM

Excellent score my friend.
Your shop is going to be super organized.

-- Eric, central Florida / Utor praemia operibus duris

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#5 posted 07-02-2009 05:38 PM

Nice start!

-- spanky46 -- Never enough clamps...Never enough tools...Never enough time.

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#6 posted 07-02-2009 05:47 PM

Hey Matt
That’s always fun getting things organized so you can work better. Look forward to the after photos

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#7 posted 07-02-2009 07:40 PM

Matt: Good luck on getting the shop organizes. When you are done you can come and help in my shop. I’ll give you enough wood that you can carry on the airplane.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#8 posted 07-02-2009 11:14 PM

ahhh…sounds good karson…but I aint taking a plane to come see you…U-HAUL…it would be worth it in gas…

i bet i could raid with a u-haul and you would never notice!!

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#9 posted 07-03-2009 12:03 AM

talk about bringing back memories

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#10 posted 07-03-2009 03:09 AM

Nice cabinets.

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#11 posted 07-03-2009 03:17 AM

What a score with them cabinets. You got some great goals so keep us posted.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#12 posted 07-03-2009 06:52 AM

Cool Matt,

Keep up the good work.

-- Scott - Chico California

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#13 posted 07-07-2009 05:40 AM

Looking forward to seeing your progress. Keep your “Smith” tuned & ready to go & you’ll end up with a great shop. -SST

-- Accuracy is not in your power tool, it's in you

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Mark Shymanski

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#14 posted 08-02-2009 09:19 AM

My brother often says the world would be a much happier place if there were enough shelving :-) Good score on the cabinets. Hope the shop is progressing well, how goes the summer?

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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