Well the workshop is coming along! Since my last workshop post, I have:
- put casters on the desk-turned-workbench so that it is the same height as the other benches;
- Given the walls a coat of white paint (it’s amazing what a coat of paint can do! I used semi-gloss to help prevent the sawdust from the drop saw from sticking to the wall)
- put up a shelf for my screw containers;
- installed more brackets on the wall for my wood storage
- made a shelf for the wood storage
- taken down the sliding door and hung a hinged door (not pictured)
I think it’s looking rather large for a single garage!
Organising the wood storage was a huge help. On the top row, I built a shelf to string across the brackets, which means I can now store shorter pieces of wood. I plan to add more brackets and more shelves over the coming months.
The top shelf is long – about 3 metres. I made a shelf to fit this distance by glueing separate pieces of wood together:
The wood was from motorbike pallets and was a good 3 1/2 cm thick, giving me a good glueing surface. As you can see, it’s not pretty! The wood pieces were roughly all the same size, but I didn’t bother ripping them to exactly the same dimensions or sanding them; I just used heaps of glue and all the clamps I had. Then I planed both sides with my new Ryobi planer:
There are some projects where you just need to take a “near enough is good enough” approach! The shelf has done the job.
The next big task in the garage is to build a wall with a door at the far end to seal off the storage shelves and laundry from the dust and dirt. I have found a mechanic/4WD place that has a stack of really large pallets, which I may be able to use for the wall rather than buying structural pine and erecting a proper stud wall.
I’ll keep you posted 😉