Wednesday Woodworking – The Shop Reorg Begins

My shop is small.  There are two shop areas each about 12 by 10 feet.  One is my “inside” shop that is just off the laundry room.  This space is well-lit and has a heater.  This is where I do my marquetry and scroll saw work.  The other is my “outside” shop which is a fenced off area inside the carport.  It’s open air and where I do most of my heavier and dustier work on the table saw, chop saw or sanding.  I can use it most of the year, but when the temp is below 60 I can’t do things like glue ups or painting as both require minimum temps.

I have one really bad habit that I need to change, the tendency to have too many projects going at once and leaving bits of these all over the place.  Frankly, the shop has become something of a dump and it’s getting useable.

So I’ve created a new design for the shop that hopefully will remove many of the spaces that collect crap and make the over all space more efficient for the way I really work.  This starts is a major clean up and demo of a couple of problem fixtures.

Here are some pictures of the work:

The outside shop - so packed I couldn't find a good place to take a picture.

The outside shop – so packed I couldn’t find a good place to take a picture.

Overflowing - haven't been able to get to the clamp rack in weeks.

Overflowing – haven’t been able to get to the clamp rack in weeks.

While I am taking some things out, I am putting in one new piece, an old kitchen cabinet.  This is a unit salvaged from our remodel two years ago.  Heather had it in her art room for a while, but it didn’t really work for her.  I could use the drawers and storage space so it’s on the move from the art room to the shop:

Stack-o-drawers waiting for their home.

Stack-o-drawers waiting for their home.

First base unit in its new clean corner.

First base unit in its new clean corner.

It’s going to take a few weeks, but when done I’ll have a better, cleaner space and less room for projects in process.  Hopefully that will force me to finish stuff I start.

If you need me – look for the guy with the broom,

Andrew

About Andrew Reynolds

Born in California Did the school thing studying electronics, computers, release engineering and literary criticism. I work in the high tech world doing software release engineering Then I got prostate cancer Now I am a blogger and work in my wood shop doing scroll saw work and marquetry.
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26 Responses to Wednesday Woodworking – The Shop Reorg Begins

  1. Robert says:

    Always love your posts Thanks for sharing

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  2. psatozero says:

    Take it from me, as a confirmed messy worker. If you tidy it up you won’t be able to find anything!!

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  3. Hope says:

    When you’re done with this project can you stop by and organize my art supplies and purse?

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  4. I’m with you on having too many projects going at once! Good luck with getting organized. 🙂

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  5. I always say, there’s a difference between cluttered and dirty. Yours is definitely the former. Very hard for us creatives to keep that under control isn’t it? I could make good use of that chest of drawers myself…

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    • It is more cluttered than dirty, but it is a wood shop so everything has a fine film of dust on it. and there is no way to contain the occasional creative bursts.

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  6. I seriously need to share this with my hubby – his shop area is a disaster. 😉

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  7. Glynis Jolly says:

    Look forward to seeing the “after” pictures.

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  8. George says:

    I’m guessing we’ll see the after photos also?..:)

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  9. Well, I bet neither shop is messy. Busy is a better word. I bet you know where everything is.

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  10. Jeff Branch says:

    Good luck with your shop reorganization. 🙂

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  11. PiedType says:

    Mmm, cozy.

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  12. Clever idea you have for preventing multiple projects. Hope it works out for you. 🙂

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  13. A broom and a slight stoop from the sore back I’m sure. Good luck with the cleanup.

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