shop progress #1: A little here, a little there

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Blog entry by James Alberding posted 06-14-2012 07:49 AM 6719 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Have you ever felt like you have gotten so much done, then you look around scratching your head and it just doesn’t look like any progress has been made?

In the last week or so I have cleaned out the shed a bit more, as well as bring in a bunch of free wood I scored, so it doesn’t exactly look like progress. The more I get the old junk out and do a little work on my chair project the more I keep trying to contemplate building cabinets and a router table and so on.

I will take a few pictures of my shed once I get the lens replaced on my phone so you can see what I’m working with. This shed is really old. It’s very simple, rectangular, studs are spaced like 2ft on center, it is un-finished with old half inch drywall. For whatever reason there were two uncovered strips that run down the length of the ceiling above where the florecent lights are hung.
The insulation has sagged down on either side where its exposed above the lights, and not only do I hate touching insulation in general, but its twice as bad when its old, and covered with spider webs. There are spider webs EVERYWHERE and on everything. After I sort through some stuff and try to get a couple things done I feel covered in gross unknown dust and spider webs. And lastly with this being Seattle, and the constant moisture here, the shed just has that funky unused, slightly mildewey, old smell if you can imagine.

So I have been taking scrap pieces of wood that have been in there for years and using them to cover the gaps in the drywall. Once that is sealed up I wont have to worry about old dust, and spiders falling down on my head! The coverage isn’t pretty, but that’s fine with me. And to combat that old smell, besides cutting wood and making sawdust, I have taken up smoking a tobacco pipe. Someday ill have it cleared out of unnecessary crap with room to sit and relax without being careful about what I might touch and gave a nice cigar or smoke a pipe while I listen to podcasts, or Pandora. Even now I am really enjoying listening to Joe Rogan, or Matt Paxtons podcasts while I make small dents in the cleanup and my Jakes Chair.

-- measure once, cut twice...

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#1 posted 06-14-2012 01:14 PM


You can get a cheap box of Moth Balls, cut the top off and sit it in a corner of your shed, it will send those spiders out to find a new home, and also keep the bees and wasps out of your shop and mice don’t like that oder either. You will trade that musty smell for that of the Moth Balls, a trade off with benefits.
Placing a couple moth balls in each drawer of your tool box/chests will help keep surface rust to a minimum because of the camphor in them. You will probably want to air out your shed for a few minutes before starting to work.

Work Safely and have Fun. – Len

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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#2 posted 06-14-2012 07:06 PM

Thanks Len,

I had no idea moth balls had that many benefits. I might have to consider it, but I think I actually dislike the smell of mothballs more that the stuffy smell I have now Haha. But I think I will give it a shot if regular use and cherry pipe tabacco doesn’t help after a bit.

-- measure once, cut twice...

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#3 posted 06-15-2012 05:39 AM


I stopped by Loews today to get a small box of screws, and what did I find? Mothballs! So I took your advice, I’m still not a fan of the smell, but if I can’t take it ill just get rid of em.

Here are a couple pictures of the work space as you can see the patch job is not pretty, but I think It’s a good use of the scraps of random pieces of wood cluttering up the place anyway.

-- measure once, cut twice...

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