It Just Won’t Stop!
I tore out some double doors at the end of the shop that I never use, I need the wall space to hang my clamps.
I figure that since I started doing this little reorganization I might as well finish it. I usually bite things off a couple days at a time and then wish that I had finished or done more. There never seems to be a convenient time to interrupt my work schedule for improving shop conditions, but the payoff is always big when it comes to improved work flow and efficiency.
I completely removed the doors and framed in a wall, insulated, and sheetrocked.
Here’s a tip for working on your own house or shop: Before removing trim work, be sure to score along the edge with a utility knife to help release it from the wall.
All the snow melted that we received Monday, but as I removed the doors another weather front moved in and it started to snow again.
When I am removing doors and windows. I often depth-set the circular saw to just cut through the frame which creates segments that are easy to pry out.
After tear out, I created a simple framed wall insert and installed it.
I didn’t waste any time getting the outside sheeted to stop the loss of heat from the building. I quickly followed with insulation.
At this point it amazed me to think how little money I have spent on installing lights and making these great improvements because I have so much material on hand left over from jobs. Just clearing out these materials is helping to organize the shop because it takes up so much space.
If you are working alone it is necessary to find methods to make handling material easier. When hanging sheetrock alone I use blocks of wood temporarily screwed to the framing. This creates a no struggle install of large sheets.
By the end of the day I had most of the mud work done because I used a quick setting joint compound. Today I will add the final coat of mud, sand, and paint.
I did not add electric because I plan on covering the wall with storage. If I choose to add power it will probably be in the wall behind the drill press and mortiser. The access is quite easy in this wall because there is no insulation.
The Dominos Continue Falling
Besides changing the door into a wall, I started moving things around in the storage room (this is a 12’x16’ space that is supposed to be my finish room) to accommodate the air compressor. It will be great to get this out of my work space and isolate the noise.
My thought of taking just a couple days to work on the shop is starting to drag out but I accomplished quite a bit in making a better work space.
Today I plan on finishing the wall and complete installation of the air compressor, 2 hose reels, and reorganizing the storage room. I almost forgot, I also need to figure out how the system for hanging the clamps.
I’ve got a full day so I better get going.
What Have You Done For Your Shop Lately?
-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com