So, I brought my new lathe home – my belated birthday present!... but being a week before Christmas it was foolish of me to think I’d get any “quality time” with it, let alone down any time in the shop. (Disaster is putting it mildly). Fortunately, I have this week off, so I built a bench for it (and by built, I mean chop down and repurpose the last remaining bits of my original workbench) and set about making a space for it.
BUT, (yes, that’s a big but), to do so is basically to move everything around in the shop, and to do that requires some major housekeeping – or an act of God.
A few days in (not counting LOTS of time standing and staring in disbelief) I find the basement down 6 bags of “kindling”, loads of recycling (glass and plastic) and nearly 45 gallons of sawdust and assorted non-recyclables trash.
In doing so, I’ve found a bunch of gardening supplies some I knew I had, and one I didn’t (and have been wanting) a Japanese Hori-Knife (Knife/trowel)... something I’m sure the folks a GT will be excited to hear.
I’ve built more lumber racks to get odd and end 1x, 2x and ply off the floor, (less place for the mice to hide) Now I find my workshop has grown from a 2×6 foot bench with a few handtools (once upon a time) to now, finally filling up the entire basement! (I’d still trade some square footage for headroom – it’s dangerous for anyone 6’ or over (which I am).
Despite this being the largest footprint the shop has ever had, it’s also the cleanest It’s ever been. A few years back, I had it about 60%-75% clear workable space, and the rest was piles and piles of lumber – which spread and took over the whole place like a virus of pine offcuts.
I’m going to head back down while I’m on a roll… (and before I mess up the whole place again). I’ve got some more sawdust to shovel, (later I’ll have 6-8” of snow to shovel). After I get everything all bright and shiny, the last intimidating project, which I hope I don’t ignore, will be clearing off the work table and finding homes for all those odd and end things – jars of mixed fasteners and random doo-dads that never had a home. And then I’m building a new (FLAT) work table.
With any luck, I’ll have new pictures to post of a shop that just invites lots of new projects, and is easy to keep clean. (which would be a first)