Shop & Tool Growing Pains #5: Hurricane outside and inside the shop

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Blog entry by pendledad posted 10-29-2012 01:59 PM 1487 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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With hurricane sandy barreling towards us, my wife wanted her car in the garage. Probably a good idea seeing as my car got smashed in hurricane Irene.

Anyways as I shuffled all the crap in the garage is realized that I literally don’t have any space in my shop. Here are some pictures :

So before I buy any tools I have some serious planning to do. I need to rethink my shop and put everything on wheels and get as much stuff on the walls as I can.

This also had proven to me that I need a shed for the yard tools and toys… And a trash area outside that keeps the coons away.

If I get the non shop items out of the shop, I can easily roll around tools to make room for he car. Maybe this winter will be a planning phase and I’ll buy my tools in the spring after the snow is gone.

Ugh… I have the power, now I need more room.

4 comments so far

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#1 posted 10-29-2012 03:47 PM

Winter is a great time for reflecting, researching and planning that shop area.

There are hundreds of ideas for Stands, Shelves, Storage, Tables, Racks and Benches here on LJs Site.

Use the ‘Search’ window by entering your ‘keyword’ and sort out what will work for you.

Best Wishes for developing that shared space with mobility.

Work Safely and have Fun. Grandpa 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 10-29-2012 04:55 PM

Forget that! Insure your vehicles well and use all that prime space for shop, I say! Besides it looks to me like you have yet begun to pile.

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#3 posted 10-29-2012 05:02 PM

It can be done. I use a three car garage for my shop. The tablesaw and outfeed table sit between bays, and stays there permanantly. The chopsaw is against a wall on a base cabinet. Most everything else is on a mobile base or rolling cabinet.
In theory I can park two cars, at least when I don’t have 1000 lineal feet of quartersawn oak stickered there!

Good luck in the storm, I hope you fare well.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#4 posted 10-29-2012 07:05 PM

And, you can use all the tools to make the aforementioned Stands, Shelves, Storage, Tables, Racks and Benches.

I would get started at once as it will get the storm of your mind

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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