Coming Down The Home Stretch
Yesterday I finished the mud work where I removed the double doors. I also took the opportunity to patch the wall and ceiling where flying projectiles had left their impressions.
I mounted a couple of hose reels that I bought several years ago. I had bought three originally and I mounted one but put the other two on the shelf. The first one broke and I tossed it during this round of organization. Now I have two but that is quite adequate for my shop.
I used chunks of 2×10 material and attached them to the ceiling, making sure that I hit the trusses with all of the screws.
Before I attached the 2×10 to the ceiling I had laid out the bolt pattern for the hose reel mount. Then I drilled holes and installed carriage bolts through the back side. Once the 2×10 was mounted on the ceiling, the bolts were already in place to accept the base of the hose reel.
I installed one hose reel over the extension on the table saw and one by the main work and assembly area. I have been working in the shop long enough to know my habits and work zones pretty well.
I guess there is a benefit to not getting these things done earlier as I had intended. My shop layout has changed three times. This time I did not really change the layout, I just focused on better storage and organization using the same work zones.
I set the compressor in the storage room and the air supply lines are run in the attic. I can tell you that the real joy of woodworking comes from having the compressor in another room. My compressor has an oil free pump and it just howls when it is running. I can’t believe that I did not do this sooner.
At the end of the night I applied the final coat of paint and set the fans on it. Today I will be able to push all the mobile tools back into place. I am looking forward to reclaiming my work space with better organization.
You will notice that I left the window in place. I love that window. I never used the doors below it, but that window faces east and I enjoy having the sun come through it in the morning and the extra light that it brings to the shop. It also provides a view of the sandstone cliffs that rise from the banks of the Yellowstone River which is not far behind us.
Time to head out to the shop. I have tools to put away and a mess of extension cords to find a home for. I am thankful for my heated shop, I see the ground is covered with snow again this morning.
What Have You Done In Your Shop Lately?
-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com