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Blog entry by Olaf Gradin posted 2252 days ago 980 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Northeast Georgia is already into the mid-90’s and sawdust just seems to cake onto everything now. My shop is not air-conditioned, though I do have a window fan that helps a bit. I say shop, but really I just mean “the place where my tools occupy floor space.” It’s the garage, and actually just a storage location at that. We’re planning to do some major work out there, but I’m running out of time. My wife and I are expecting a baby girl this November and that means I have to clear out the third bedroom in the house of stuff in preparation. I am going to attempt converting the garage into a partial room / workshop and figure out something else for the items in storage there. Garage sale, donation, and the dump, most likely (in that order). The garage is a bit more than a 20 square foot room on concrete, so I had thought to divide it across its width leaving the double-car garage door intact on the workshop side. Being on the garage door side means that I’ll be able to open it up for easier loading/unloading of big items and have better ventilation. I’d erect a wall to split the room and figure out how to really integrate it with the rest of the house. An archway is preferable, though I don’t have any experience with that. In the short term, I’ll probably leave things as they are on the interior and just concentrate on finishing the room adequately with raised flooring, ducting, and insulation. The project doesn’t seem to be too difficult, though I know a big project like this can fall into trap at the end. That last mile can be a tough one if my resolve isn’t strong…or if I run out of money! At any rate, I’m excited about it. Having an area, even if it’s only 10×20, dedicated to the workshop will really help me in getting projects going and keeping organized.

And of course a baby girl announcement is exciting! Our 5-year-old son is very excited about being a big brother, even if he doesn’t quite know what that means just yet. The added room will be the combined family’s entertainment room with computer, piano, board games, toys, and crafts. The baby will eventually grow into her bedroom (an office previously), so we want to get it squared away for her arrival.

-- It takes a viking to raze a village. &mdash Blog'r: http://www.gradin.com



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Damian Penney

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#1 posted 2252 days ago

Congrats on your baby girl Olaf, and a dedicated 10×20 space is more than plenty :) How is the bench coming along?

-- I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it. - Pablo Picasso

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ThreeJs

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#2 posted 2252 days ago

My shop is just one half of a 2 car garage (that neither of our cars could fit in cause of the junk). Depending on how understanding your wife is, the new one, may not be that much of a hinderer or your shop time after the first month. We had out 5th son in February, and I was out about about most weekends during the first month and a half.

-- David, Charlotte NC (http://beechcreeknaturals.etsy.com)

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Chris

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#3 posted 2251 days ago

Just let me congratulate you on the addition to the family; also, I understand the heat issue as I am in Northeast Florida.

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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Olaf Gradin

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#4 posted 2198 days ago

I wish I could say I was finished with the bench, but that’s not happened yet. I ran out of wood and haven’t gone back yet to restock. I also ran into trouble cutting my large tenons. The tenons aren’t equal, and I haven’t decided what to do about that. I could cut them all down to the smallest one, cut different size mortises, or scrap the worst of them and rebuild the leg. I’m leaning towards cutting different size mortises only because I will be going about that using the drill bit and chisel method.

-- It takes a viking to raze a village. &mdash Blog'r: http://www.gradin.com

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