As most of you probably know (some of you firsthand)–last winter was a hard one in the middle of the US. In our town, school was canceled on more than one occasion due to cold–not due to snow–and in Chicago, we had more snow this year than any year on record except one.
Cue dramatic woodshop music. It’s time for a montage.
On January 8, 2014, a $1 piece of copper looked like this when it burst in the ceiling above my woodshop:
And so it rained inside my woodshop, which in turn made my tools look like this:
But later that evening, a good friend, some bourbon, those fabulous Klingspor rust erasers, and some serious elbow grease made my tools look like this:
The next day, my shop looked like this:
And in fits and spurts over the next few months, the shop looked liked this:
And by early summer the shop looked like this (Click these images to view larger versions)
Details to follow in upcoming posts, but here’s the summary:
- Removed built-in cabinet and counter
- New lighting fixtures and relocated / centralized lightswitches
- New electrical and network connections
- Better mounting job for air cleaner
- Chalkboard wall
- Antique library card catalog for hardware and tools
- New sink
- Cork flooring
It was a good thing the new woodshop was ready to go by early summer, because that was just in time to not have any time to work on projects. Work, family, and farm claimed my summer months, and those plus a new back injury, a couple of new puppies, and a side project are claiming my fall. But I’m itching to build and have a backlog of projects drawn up in Sketchup.