The American Craftsman WorkShop #11: Shop Reorganization - Day 2

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Blog entry by Todd A. Clippinger posted 10-07-2009 04:20 PM 2982 reads 1 time favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Getting Closer To Done

I don’t think that a person is ever done with organizing the shop but I am getting close to done for this round of organization and resetting the shop.

I finished my drywall repairs and painted the wall. I have 3 cans of old paint and all of them are marked “shop walls” but none of them match. My guess is that I did not have them labeled and at some point I opened them for identification, thought it looked like the shop wall color and marked it as such. Now I have a mismatched paint color on the wall and it is driving me crazy.

When working remodel projects, there are a couple of things that I do to keep the dust contained and at a minimum. I close off the room with plastic and I use dust collection when I sand.


I also use a type of drywall mud that has been formulated to coagulate and fall straight to the floor when sanded. I never thought it would work but I have been impressed with the results of working with it. Here is a shot of the box so that you can try it if the need arises.


Chasing the Electric

One thing I believe in is creating access for future work when it comes to plumbing and electric. One way to do this is to create an accessible chase where everything comes together in the electrical panel.

I have removable baltic birch panels that cover the electrical chase. I needed to trim the sides so I installed ash trim.

I really appreciated the accessibility recently, a couple of weeks ago I installed new lights in the shop and wired in another circuit for them.

I hope TopamaxSurvivor appreciates my tidy electrical panel;)





Next On The Agenda

I plan on moving the compressor out of the room and installing a couple of hose reels that I have in storage but never installed. It will be good to get away from the noise of the compressor, it is a screamer.

I also will remove the double doors that are blocked by the tools on mobile bases. I will keep the window above it but I need to hang my larger set of clamps so I need more wall space.

I will leave you with photos of the current condition and then head out to the shop to tear out some doors. I have a lot of work to get done today.





What Have You Done For Your Shop Lately?

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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Greg Wurst

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#1 posted 10-07-2009 04:42 PM

I think code require NM cable to be stapled within 12 inches of a junction/electrical box if not in conduit. I saw a long stretch of cable there above the box! ;)

JK, your shop is definitely cleaner now. They don’t stay that way long for some reason. :)

-- You're a unique and special person, just like everyone else.

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#2 posted 10-07-2009 04:50 PM

Greg – As you can see I have all of the wires both NM and MC fastened close to the box. But that one does appear to exceed the 12” before it dives into the rest where it is fastened.

Dang – You got me on that one.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#3 posted 10-07-2009 05:12 PM

Your shop is a heck of alot cleaner than mine right now. Now I need to get busy and clean it.

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#4 posted 10-07-2009 06:15 PM

Looking good Todd. Can’t wait to see it finished.

-- Brad, Oregon- The things that come to those who wait, may be the things left by those who got there first.

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#5 posted 10-07-2009 06:30 PM

I my Area it’s within 6” .Your shop looks great Todd , I wish I had dry walled my shop.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#6 posted 10-07-2009 07:11 PM

You should be embarrassed, Todd. I’m sure you had some Bubinga laying around that you could have used for the trim. Your shop deserves better than Ash!!!!

-- The secret to getting ahead is getting started.

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#7 posted 10-07-2009 07:59 PM


On the lines of keeping the dust down, I quit sanding drywall years ago, when I found that a damp sponge does wonders and helps feather the edges. I use the 4” x 6” tile grout sponges from HD, you just rinse out the sponge and your good to go. No noise from the shop vac, no dust, and to me seems to go a lot faster than sandpaper.

Since its Fire Prevention Week, I see your fire extinguisher, have you taken it down and shook it up lately to keep the powder loose? Is the gauge still in the green? How about the smoke detector, changed the battery? Sorry just got back from the elementary school, giving presentations to the kids, sorta rolled over to your posting.

I’ll have to post some new photos of my shop, you’ve inspired me to get cleaning too, and this weekend is the city’s yearly free haul off, so I’ve got the truck backed up and ready to fill it up.

Keep up the good work Todd.

-- James

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#8 posted 10-07-2009 08:07 PM

+1 on the damp sponge drywall technique. Assuming you don’t glob-on the joint compound it works great.

-- You're a unique and special person, just like everyone else.

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#9 posted 10-07-2009 09:07 PM

It really sucks when you in the middle of a project and you really want to get something done but theres a lot of crap in your way

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#10 posted 10-07-2009 10:39 PM

I also use that dust control drywall compound. Indeed, there is a difference.

How do you protect those speakers, or do you consider them “dispendable”?

What a nice big and well organized space.

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#11 posted 10-08-2009 03:12 AM

looking great!!! What did i do today??? Well I actually got outside in my shop for 1/2 after work…felt good for a mid-week…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#12 posted 10-08-2009 05:32 AM

Good idea with the chases Todd:-)) Most architects design buildings to screw the trades and the maintenance guys:-(( Your panel looks good to me, I’m not an inspector so 18” is good enuf fer me! I’ll bet your panel is one of the few with the labeling correct. I was on a service call one day years ago. I told the guy I’d relabel his circuits properly. He asked why weren’t they labeled right by the installer. I told him the code says you have to label them, it doesn’t say anything about correctly!!

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#13 posted 10-08-2009 06:33 AM

Topamax – Not only are the breakers labeled correctly, but when I am in the attic chasing wires that is easy because they are all labeled too.

I set a new electric panel on the house a few years ago, when the inspector looked at it he asked who the electrician was and I told him that I did it. He was thoroughly impressed with the work.

Keep in mind, I will run electric on my own house but I call Sparky for my jobs. The insurance company would drop me pretty quick if I was caught running wire and plumbing.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#14 posted 10-08-2009 06:59 AM

Lots of inspectors know an electrician didn’t do it if it looks too good :-))

What used to scare me was the general contractors adding things when I had a permit on the job!! :-(( They didn’t think it was a big deal, but I’m the responsible guy when there is a fire or even worse, a fatality. I always put a stop to it when the cat got out of the bag.

The State of WA is trying to stop underground electrical work. they have hired special investigators to catch people doing it. I know at least one inspector who quit because he didn’t want to be a cop on Saturdays. Glad I’m not in the enforcement end of the business.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#15 posted 10-08-2009 07:17 PM

Mix the mismatched paint together and just paint that whole wall.

-- Happy woodworking!

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