Wednesday Workshop Progress

I haven’t been blogging much this month – just too much going on. One of the differences here in Reno is that fall comes earlier than it does in San Jose so there have been a lot of “get ready for winter” projects happening. We’ll have freezing overnight temps in just two or three more weeks so there’s a long todo list for all that prep work. Back in San Jose, it frozen overnight about once a decade so this is all new to me.

I have made progress on my workshop shed with hopes I’ll have it ready to start working in over the winter. There are a lot of projects I want to get done. The shed shop will be both my marquetry studio and my finishing shop while my big tools will be in the third bay of the garage. There are a few furniture projects I want to get started on including upgrades to my computer desk, a new bookcase and for my quilting area I need a new sewing table and a cutting table. My current quilt setup isn’t the best and needs work. Heather and I did find out that our church does have quilting group that meets once a month where we get to use the big church tables and social hall for a day. Likely my next project will be done there because I’ll have the space I need for pinning the quilt layers together.

First progress picture on the shed shows that I’ve finished mudding and I’ve installed the air cleaner:

Drywall and mudding complete. Installed new air cleaner.

That sucker was a pain to hang but it will help keep the dust out of the air. I still need to get a dust collector to connect to the equipment I’m going to put in there.

Next, I had to put a second coat of paint on the outside of the shed:

Put a second coat of paint on the outside. The shed shipped with just one coat of paint and I opted to do the second coat myself.

The shed is basically a prefab unit that they do the final assembly on-site. In the factory they do one coat of paint, but after it’s put in place, it needs a second coat. I opted to do that myself. I could have paid Tuff Shed to do it, but I like a bit of painting from time to time.

Sadly, my other shop space is a mess:

My big tool shop is a big mess as I’ve been storing two shop spaces of stuff here. Once the shed workshop is completed, half of this leaves and I’ll reorg this around the table saw.

I’ve got so much packed in there that I can’t use the table saw at the moment. At least half of the stuff in this picture will go into the shop shed and then I can set this space up for the big machines – table saw, planner, jointer, and maybe next year a bandsaw. This space also will get a few cabinets and racks for storage.

That’s it for this week – if you need me, I’ll be in the shed.

About Andrew Reynolds

Born in California Did the school thing studying electronics, computers, release engineering and literary criticism. I worked in the high tech world doing software release engineering and am now retired. 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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22 Responses to Wednesday Workshop Progress

  1. It’s taking shape – very exciting! I don’t know whether I’m an optimist or just delusional, but construction always seems to take twice as long as I’d thought it would. Hang in there! 🙂

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    • Here’s my formula for how long a project will take: Figure out how long you think it should take. Double that time. Now move to the next higher unit.

      Example: I think it will take one hour to make a shelf. Double is two hours, the next unit is days so the estimate I should give is two days.

      and then life interferes and likely it ends up being two months before the shelf is actually on a wall. Easy.

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  2. You are full of industry, Andrew. I am looking forward to more of your woodshop posts.

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  3. dorannrule says:

    What amazing progress you have made!

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  4. Wow, you’re making good progress. After 20 years, we are FINALLY getting a shed in the backyard soon. Much needed, I might add and I’m hoping it clears out the garage and basement where hubby has too much stuff stored.

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  5. What great winter you’ll have!

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  6. Oh! It is going to be wonderful! I love everything about it. I can’t wait to see your quilting and marquetry and woodwork projects coming to be. I am ‘newer’ to reading your blog and haven’t gone backward much in reading them. It is fun to see how others set up shop. Bravo on the well-thought-out workspaces! 🙂

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    • I’m looking forward to getting to work on projects and not just setting up spaces, but I know that if I don’t set it up right from the start, I’ll end up redoing the space later. I want to avoid that.


  7. jfwknifton says:

    “My big tool shop is a big mess” ?? You should see our cellar after nearly 40 years of living here. It resembles the room at the Smithsonian “Don’t want, but daren’t throw away”.

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  8. lifelessons says:

    Exactly what Bob did. He kept branching out and getting more tools and before we knew it we had seven studios! You are doing a thorough job of finishing. Let us see the final results.

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  9. You do sleep once in a while, right?

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  10. davidprosser says:

    I hope everything goes smoothly from now on and you can be ready in your workrooms in time to restart the projects. Everything looks to be going well.

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