I’m finally at a point where I can start working wood once again. It seems as though its been years instead of weeks and I’m surprised at how much I have missed it. I took a long hard look at the new garage and came to a few conclusions.
One, it needs more lighting. The garage already has a gridded drop ceiling that was installed by the previous owner and two fluorescent light fixtures. Two is just not enough for woodworking so I purchased two additional fixtures and installed those into the grid. Much brighter and should be sufficient with the addition of a task light for my aging eyes.
The second conclusion I came to has to do with the layout of the new space. Originally I was going to utilize the far right rear corner but realized that I would “need” a little more room. Part of this decision fell to tool storage. In the old shop most of the tools were stored on a wall-hung rack (as seen below) and I planned to utilize the same concept here in the new shop.
However, the previous owner had built two storage closets in the garage and I decided to utilize one of them as a tool cabinet. This closet will hold planes, drills, chisels and finishing sundries with room to spare.
As an extra bonus there is a small gas heater already installed and in working order.
Layout tools, saws, marking gauges and mallets now reside on the wall as before but in a much different configuration. I also added a few hanging cabinets for nails, screws and the like. Finally, I utilized a large chest, left by the previous owner, to store my wood supply. Basically I took over the entire rear wall of the garage. The caveat is that I have to be able to clear enough space in the middle in the event that my wife needs to park her car in my workshop…er…I mean…our garage.
Workflow will be a little different and take some getting used to. Plus there is still a good bit of unpacking, sorting and putting away to do before I can call it done. But for all intent and purpose I’m ready to get back to woodworking…finally!
Since I’m out of practice and this is a new shop, I have decided to tackle a simple project to help me get back into the swing of things. Looking at the list of “needed” projects there is an entry for a side table. This will need to be built in the style of the end tables that I built last summer. Familiar, but with enough complexity to get a feel for the new layout and workflow.