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post #1 of 38 (permalink) Old 07-21-2009, 09:29 PM Thread Starter
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I have been hard at it since I bought that new saw, even though I haven't had a chance to use it yet. I got rid of that metal shelving monstrosity in my garage and that created a nightmare.

I used Google Sketchup to figure out a "new" floorplan so that I may one day be able to actually work in my shop again. With the shelves gone I was able to organize at least one wall.

I am going to put a shelf up above the tools on this wall. It will be 18" from the ceiling and 20" wide by 16' long. There is still a lot of "stuff" in that mess that just needs to be stored in the garage. It will be up out of my way at least. I am waiting for the heavy duty brackets to come from Lee Valley. They should be here tomorrow. Cabinets would have been neater but a lot of the stuff is bulky and would be hard to get into cabinets.

While I was at it I made a new rolling base for the drill press. I know it should be bolted to the floor and maybe one day it will be, but for the moment it needs to remain mobile.

Yesterday I decided to tackle the problem of wood storage.

Unfortunately I had to wait for my stepson to get home with the pickup truck so I could go pick up the plywood so I got a late start and all I accomplished was the base for the cart.

Today I got busy even though the spouse is still working midnights I got out the good old skillsaw and the drill and built my own design of a mobile wood storage cart. Yes I woke up the spouse. Oh well.

It certainly took care of that mess! There were a couple of little oopsies but it turned out ok. My biggest regret is only using 2 swivel casters instead of 4. It would have been much more manouverable with 4. And construction grade plywood is not the best material to work with. It's heavy but once it gets rolling it moves quite smoothly. It may not be pretty but it does exactly what I need it to do and fits exactly where I wanted it to fit. Good enough for me.

It took about 8 hours total to build. I had to build in the driveway as there was no room in the shop. Fortunately the rain held off.

Tomorrow I hope to get the shelves up and get started on some drawers for under the workbench. Storage space is at a premium in this little shop so I have to make good use of every square inch!
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Deb you have been busy, I think when you and Dan get done you can come down to Georgia and help me with the last few projects I need to be done, well we are never really done but you know what I mean. It sure looks like you have begun to really get things organized. Keep at it, you’re doing great.

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Hi Deb,

Nice job on the lumber cart and it looks like it will serve you well. Looks like you have a lot of stuff packed into limited space which is usually the case for most of us. We are always looking for new ways to deal with it
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Great job, Deb.

You will soon have soooo much room...

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Thanks Guys
Next project is putting up the shelves then I will be making the drawers for under the workbench. I got the shelving brackets late today, but we had company over so no shop time. Tomorrow I'm back at it!
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I gotta hand it to you and Dan, you guys are fast, must be the short summers and long winters you guys have to deal with!! Get it done before blizzard time!! When does that start September 1st? Actually when I lived in Wyoming, some of the first cold snaps could hit near mid September.

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LOL Jerry We have had a crappy summer so far. It's been very cool all of July. My electric bill is so low it scares me because we haven't had to run the air conditioner.
Maybe it's just a Canuck thing, when we set our minds to it we just "get 'r done".
Dan makes things a lot more prettier then I do. I can't compete with that. But he is incredibly inspirational!
I busted my butt building that cart. Was almost glad to have a "day off". Considering the shape my shop is in right now I am just grateful I had the driveway to work in.
The real cold weather won't start till October. From then to April, outside will be off limits. Like they say, make hay while the sun shines
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That is a nice looking wood rack Deb. As for the mobile base for the drill press, I think you stand a lot better chance of NOT tipping it over with the wider base. You go girl.




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Well I got the shelves up today, but there is a little more weight up there right now then I plan on. Some of the stuff in those pretty pink boxes will be going into the drawers I am making for under the workbench.

Once I got most of the "stuff" off the floor the rest of the organizing and cleanup went reasonably quickly. This whole makeover was well worth it as I now have LOTS of floor space and things all have a proper place.

Tomorrow I will actually be able to work IN the garage making the drawers.
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WOW! Nice improvements Deb, don't even look like the same shop
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