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    Due to some minor financial setbacks it is going top be at least this Fall before I can afford to pour the slab for the new building. With that in mind I needed to clear the floor by tearing out the existing shelves and building cabinets along 2 walls.

    The bad news is that working around carrying mail and the Texas HEAT (Had a cool spell Friday and Saturday to usher in Summer - only got to the mid and high 90's each day!) everything except required yard work has been on hold for several weeks.

    On the plus side, it is forcing me to "clean house". I have gone thru everything except the cut offs and eliminated a bunch of junk. Hopefully I will get the wood gone thru today and solve the rest of the storage problems. Still need to work on a place for jigs and a few tools that stay in their cases.

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    Hopefully I will get all the pictures into a Webshots album later today and can post a link for those interested.
    Don, aka Pappy,

    Wise men talk because they have something to say,
    Fools because they have to say something.
    Plato

  • #2
    I've found that putting things on hold, especially bigger proejcts, allows me to take a look at my current state of things. Right now My shed/garage is on hold, and I've been going through and reorganizing and doing some smaller projects.

    Nice cabinets!

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    • #3
      Looks good, Don. It's nice use of space. I just gotta ask a question. Is that a miter saw on top of one of those cabinets? If so, it's way more than I'd want to lug down every time I wanted to use it.

      Ed
      Do you know about kickback? Ray has a good writeup here... https://www.sawdustzone.org/articles...mare-explained

      For a kickback demonstration video http://www.metacafe.com/watch/910584...demonstration/

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      • #4
        You're definitely jammed up, but organized. I usually get into the monumental clean-up when I can't find something and things wind up in a miscellaneous pile.

        I'm with ya on the heat thing. It's been in the 90's here and it gets to ya before you know it. I usually take "cool" breaks and down the water.
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        • #5
          I can't see one inch of that "play-pen that was not utilized wisely, Pappy. And quite frankly.. it looks awful cozy inside. Let the world turn outside the doors.. but inside those four walls there is no outside inter-ference.

          Excellent job of using what you have to the max...

          Regards...

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          • #6
            Atually you have a great shop and have done a spectacular job with storage. I bui;t a 12'x16' 4 years a ago, and too small.
            Clancy

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            • #7
              Pappy,

              You have used such a small space with such wisdom it is amazing! While I plan on putting in a shed, I am not going to be using it for the shop, but rather to get storage and gardening tools out of my shop.

              I too keep my miter saw up high. Mostly because that is the ONLY space I have for it... Getting it up and down isn't so bad... I can imagine worse...

              Keep up the good work, and keep us posted on the new playpen. If you can do so much with so little, I am eager to see what you can do with more space...
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              • #8
                I think you need a few more clamps. They haven't covered the roof yet. Looks a lot more organized than mine right now.
                Joe
                "All things are difficult before they are easy"

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                • #9
                  Thanks for the comments.

                  Ed, the SCMC doesn't get used a lot so it's not that bad.

                  C-Man, I go thru a lot of Gatorade powder this time of year.

                  Joe, are you trying to be funny here? "CLAMP" and "PLANE" are considered 4-letter words in my house. And thanks for reminding me. I need to see if those Jorgy bar clamps on craigslist have come down any more!

                  Now if I can only find someplace to tuck the '50's era DeWalt 9" Radial Arm that I'm looking at...
                  Don, aka Pappy,

                  Wise men talk because they have something to say,
                  Fools because they have to say something.
                  Plato

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                  • #10
                    Just got the album together. Hope you like it and maybe find an idea or 2 that will be helpful in your own shop.

                    http://home-and-garden.webshots.com/...63883688zWxGdg

                    There are still a few more pictures that I want to take and add later.
                    Don, aka Pappy,

                    Wise men talk because they have something to say,
                    Fools because they have to say something.
                    Plato

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                    • #11
                      Just a bit of perspective for those non Texans reading this as to what Pappy is talking about weather wise. Today's high in San Marcos is 100 f with 33% humidity.

                      And for Pappy's perspective. Here on the Texas Coast in League City, our high today will be 95, with 75% humidity...

                      I would GLADLY gain 5 degrees F, for such a major drop in humidity!
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                      • #12
                        Looks like we have a similar setup. 'Cept my storage is on the left and my plans board is on the right door.

                        You need to get yourself some shade! I got that 10x10 awning from Walmart for $100. I had to add some leg extensions so it would clear the door, and give some more headroom underneath. The piece of painters canvas keeps the later afternoon sun from killing me.
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                        Erik

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Pappy View Post
                          Just got the album together. Hope you like it and maybe find an idea or 2 that will be helpful in your own shop.

                          http://home-and-garden.webshots.com/...63883688zWxGdg

                          There are still a few more pictures that I want to take and add later.
                          There's a bunch in there I plan to take clues from.

                          I really like that jack storage idea. I just tripped over my tire spyder and little jack last night in the garage. That would prevent a lot of future cussing.
                          Erik

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                          • #14
                            Pelligrini,

                            I think your shed, if nothing but by virtue of the Gambrel roof, is bigger than Pappy's. I am drawing up, scrapping, and redrawing plans for a shed to put my storage stuff out back so I can dedicate the garage to full time shop function...

                            If you look at Pappy's webshots album, he has a tubular frame, with some of that shade screen stuff you use on a greenhouse to give him shade... Not sure how well that works, but it has to be better than nothing. Pappy, can you clue us in?

                            I have 2 of those EZ-Up canopies that I got from Academy on sale I guess 2 years ago for $50.00 each. They are the 12x12 model, and I tend to spill my TS, CMS, etc... out into the drive to work. Gives me quality time chatting with the neighbors doing the same thing...
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                            • #15
                              Pappy,

                              Your shop may be small but you sure make the most of your space.

                              I like the cabinets you have with the pegboard on the doors. I have been playing around with different ideas for cabinets in one area and after looking at yours I had a Why didn't I think of that moment.

                              Kevin

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