Shop Shifting #3: Move a cabinet - so more can take its place

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Blog entry by sras posted 01-01-2013 11:44 PM 1822 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 2: Sometimes small changes make a big difference. Part 3 of Shop Shifting series Part 4: New Cabinets for the Recently Vacated Wall »

The next challenge for the shop was my workbench (and the area around it)

It seems like it is always piled with stuff. Not only that, the shelf underneath is just a heap. I have to dig to find something and it is a restructuring project to add any thing to it.

Also, I have another heap of stuff piled at the end.

I need more space (I know – another solution is less stuff, but I’m not ready to go there). The cabinet is sitting in the middle of a really big wall (at least its big compared to the cabinet.

On the adjacent wall there is just enough room for the cabinet.

After a bunch of measuring, I have a new mount for the french cleat.

Note that I am losing a power outlet. Adding a power strip more than makes up for that. I also added a hole to feed the power cord for my old stereo in from the top. I trimmed the new frame with some scrap mahogany plywood. You can see the top part that is not fastened down yet.

And then I can mount the cabinet. It fits much better there! Now when the doors open, they only cover a window instead of possible storage space.

The last step is to mount the power strip. Take a scrap of plywood, trim it, mount the power strip and fasten it to a stud.

I still have piles of stuff, but now I have an empty wall…

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#1 posted 01-02-2013 12:20 AM

Nicely done! Now we’ll all be waiting to see what you’re going to do with that blank wall!


-- Dave; Lansing, Kansas

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#2 posted 01-02-2013 12:34 AM

Nicely Done, Steve!

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

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#3 posted 01-02-2013 12:35 AM

Big job… have fun….

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#4 posted 01-02-2013 12:59 AM

Your reorg is moving along nicely. Reorganizing is always a challenge, that is why I recommend you French Cleat the entire “newly acquired” wall space. This way all future reorgs will be much easier. Just a thought!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#5 posted 01-02-2013 02:13 AM

Thanks guys!

Dave – It will be worth the wait – trust me ;)

lew – Thanks!

Larry – It has been fun – but the funnest part is coming up!

Randy – That would have been a good idea. I was really surprised how far out of straight the wall was.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#6 posted 01-02-2013 02:14 AM

Looks great Steve.
I have spent a bit of time recently re-doing part of my shop too. Gads it is a lot of work.

Thanks for posting this series, it’s inspiring.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#7 posted 01-02-2013 11:22 AM

Good work Steve. A lot of small changes add up to a major improvement!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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