My shop is a mess. It has been since we moved in. Most of it is I have very poor shop habits that I really wouldn’t tolerate at work. But at home, I’m more than happy to make where ever I put something down as the new place that goes.
For example, here are two pictures roughly one year apart(Easily identifiable by the Halloween decorations):
And a Panorama:
Just dreadful. As you can imagine this made it hard to find things, hard to work since I had to do a lot of movement of anything to get work done and just a general unhappy shop.
So the first step to just clear out the junk I’ve accumulated, but don’t need. Old paint cans, old cans of finish. duplicate tools, broken things I’m totally going to fix eventually, and poorly stored items.
Some of it was just laziness. I’ve got a metal tool chest/work bench thingy, that was mostly empty because I was storing tools on the work bench.
So something I did was make a chest for my woodworking hand tools and make the tool chest work bench thingy home for .screwdrivers, wrenches…things like that. I haven’t finished yet, but got it finished enough to get a start. Soon I will put the drawers in.
Although, my usual foresight had me make 5 holes for my 6 chisels. I’m sure there is a math problem in that.
“Mike has 6 chisels, but he made a chisel rack with only five holes. How many hours after the glue dries will he realize what a dumbass he is?”
Also, I had built things in the past like the scroll saw stand, Miter Saw stand, and jointer stand that had drawers and loads of storage that I didn’t use because they didn’t have handles. So, I put handles on them.
Another thing I did was hang the ladder from the ceiling to get it out of the way. The plan is to eventually build out the walls with drywall, so I might move it to hanging on the wall, but right now, I didn’t want to do too much to the brick.
Another thing I did that I hope will help is I closed up the back of my Table saw. A typical problem with any sort of dust collection is that these saws have a huge open back that just lets the the suction go out the back. So I cut an old drawer bottom to allow it to go around the motor and taped it on. I’ve already got the bottom sealed with a port for a hose. So hopefully this will really help my dust collection.
Yes, I don’t have a blade guard. I got the saw second hand and it didn’t come with one. I ordered a replacement, but I’d installed a riving knife and the PM64a blade guard is too old to allow me to have third party riving knife and their blade guard. I need to sort something out. I also glued magnets to my pushstick so that it it always on the saw.
I’ve still got tons of work to do, I’m happier with it now. I can do things and not feel too horrible about it. We can walk through the shop without needing a tetanus shot.
One of the big down the road projects will be to properly insulate and frame out the shop to make it more garage like.
Anyway, updated panorama.