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Logan 400

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I got my little lathe about a year ago and my shop was already crowded so I have decided to add some space. The 12 x 14 lean to on the back of my shop seemed a good place to start. First task was repair the undermining of the slab so it would support the structure.
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I got the walls framed up and moved my blast cabinet, a wood storage cabinet, some shelves and my newly acquired NAPA cabinet and an upright freezer to this space to give me some room to move things around in the main shop. This all started in May. While framing the walls I needed to move the bottom of a wall a little bit while holding the top in place. I kicked the wall to move it but it didn't move. Three weeks later my foot was getting worse so I went to get it looked at. Seems I tore the plantar fascia which will heal eventually. 6 weeks to 3 months. I wear an air cast while walking jobsites at work and while working in the shop. I have been sorting tools and hardware every chance I get. Here is my progress so far.
East wall Before
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Insulated
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Same wall After
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My goal is to complete the make over before Thanksgiving. All the tools are sorted and 90% of the hardware and misc. are sorted. I drew this layout up about 10 different ways before I started and I am still making changes as I go.
 

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My shop has undergone a few "makeovers". It is getting harder and harder to learn the "new" location for that thing that has been "Right There" for so long. It is interesting to watch "force of habit", or "brain engaged elsewhere" in action. A bit scary, too, I must say:confused 3:
 

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Nice addition to your shop, I'm sure the new space has been well thought out. It's kind of nice to take your time and wind up with the best possible use of the additional footage. Usually after a big makeover like that, it takes a while to get used to where you put everything.
Enjoy your new space, well done.
 

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Getting used to where I put everything boils down to which drawer. I have been buying various cabinets for storage. Now all is sorted by type of material and frequency of use and placed in a cabinet or on a high or a low shelf. Tools are in drawers based on type and location of use. I have layed out the shop so I have an area for woodworking, an area for metal working and an area for painting. Then I will have an open area for working on mechanical or welding projects. The hard part now is moving everything to insulate the walls and install OSB board. There is a 3 ft space across the back of the shop that is currently being used for furniture storage. My wife says she wants to get rid of the furniture, if that happens it will give me a total gain of about 210 sq ft. I'm a happy man.
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I label my drawers so I can find what I’m looking for.
I have one of those "Brother" label makers attached to the computer in the shop. It only takes a minute or two to make a new label. Over time I memorize where the most common things are but after a several years I still use the labels for things or categories I don't go to often.
 

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I have a label maker and some drawers are labeled and I will label the rest in the near future. I'm picking up the last cabinet today.

Lesson learned and a reminder every time my right foot hits the ground. lol
 

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That label maker is a good idea. I reorganized my upper and lower tool chests last December before I left for Arizona for the winter. They hadn’t been changed around for twenty years. Now After getting back from Arizona in April, I can’t find anything. I may learn my reorganization eventually but I may have to label the drawers for a shorter learning curve.
I like how I rearranged things, it’s much neater but will take a while to learn for an old dog.
 

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I have had my tool box labeled for years and a lot of tools hanging on a pegboard. My problem has always been I may not get to spend time in the shop for weeks at a time other than run in and place something I just bought on the first open space i come to. Later on I'll need that tool or whatever and could not find it. This makeover has been good because everything has an area it belongs in. Also by reading what others have been using for storage here has made me rethink my storage organization. Once complete my shop will be insulated, organized and have a better flow for my use. The good thing about repurposing various cabinets and shelving is the minimum cost. Thanks to all on this forum for your ideas you have shared.
Jay
 

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I repurposed a couple kitchen cabinets today. One for a grinder station and one for a drill station. Both are on casters. Now I can use my drill press again. Still need to build some drawers but that will have to wait a while.
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Thanks for looking.
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This is the latest layout of my shop. The grinder table and drill press table are on wheels. The router table, chop saw, and planer store under the table when not in use so it becomes a 6x6 assembly table. The tire changing tool is easily removed so the workbench becomes the outfield table for the table saw.
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I loaded up a pickup load of junk to haul to the trash and moved some things around to relocate the lathe and metal storage close to where it will remain till the next makeover. I repurposed some metal pipe and racks to build a metal rack.
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I have been sorting through and organizing some more and realized I have a wall that wasn't being utilized to its maximum capacity. So I dug out some 1 1/2 angle and built some shelves to fit the space and provide the needed storage. Now I have to wait for the paint to dry before I can install the metal for the shelves.
The shelves will be 14 gauge sheet metal.
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The paint is not totally dry but I got some storage bins on it anyway and the floor jack underneath. Now to recruit some help to lower the a.c. welder to the top shelf.
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We have spreadsheet to track things.

We collect the pile at estate sale and when we sort it record in the everywhere we put things.

At 1000 lines now...

Also have departments so to speak for general things .

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I finally finished the shelves, insulated the wall behind the workbench, and got some tools hung. I'm slowly gaining a little work space.
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I have made a little more progress. Now I'm down to cleaning out the back 3 ft. of the main part of the shop. I have also changed a few fixtures to led.KIMG1713.jpgKIMG1713.jpgKIMG1715.jpg
 

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The makeover continues. My current worktable is a storage cart that I threw a top on years ago. It has served me pretty well but i have been noticing evry time I use it for a couple hours or more my back hurts. I can use my workbench that is lower and no back pain.
My welder cart is from a school kitchen that has worked well for several years but storage on the cart is not so good.
I decided to kill several problems with one cart/work table. I have a few sticks of 2x2x1/4 angle I'm going to use for this project.
Current table and cart.
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I have an old craftsman workbench that I removed and was going to set it by the road because it has the flimsy drawer guides that are worn out. While reorganizing i found some ball bearing drawer guides left over from the kitchen remodel so my new worktable will have 4 drawers for storage.
I have started cutting the metal and clamping it in place for a rough fit before I remove the rust before welding.
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