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!