I have a shop at my house, built from a single car garage. I took old
cabinets from one of the houses I rehab'd and made a workbench out of them,
hung the walls above the bench and I thought I would go to town. Then the
shelves (swmbo)suggestion came, along with so much crap from down the cellar
to fill the shelves, and my shop gradually become one corner of the garage.
The rest was coolers, and a/c's and chairs for the beach........etc, etc.
Okay a couple square feet had my boat stuff and fishing
Being the kind hearted thoughtful person she is, SWMBO suggested that since
my shop is so small I should make a bench along the other side of the garage
to hold my new (old) DP and Lathe.
I started building yesterday.
"Of course since you're building a bench, why don't you continue all the way
to the ceiling and ad some shelves."
That's when I should have run screaming, but no, I had to listen. And I
desperately wanted the new bench for my POWERTOOLS <grunt>
So at my age I climbing ladders to take measurements, draw up plans, find
studs.........and on and on and on. I start framing up a bench to hold my
stuff, and shelves to hold whatever else she finds, or to launch the next
The saga continues, as soon as I stop hurting. Man when did I get so old?
There is an old Little Feat song that is becoming more and more true every day
for me. It is called "Old folks boogie", and has a line that goes:
You know that you're over the hill, when your mind makes you promises your body
Somedays I get winded playing chess.
Can't help with the aging. But you and companion might try to find a
copy of "Not for Packrats Only" by Don Aslett. It's a good look at the
Stuff we keep, why we keep it, how much it costs to keep, and ways to
trim it down. Items that hit home for me were unfinshed projects,
saved magazines, and Free Stuff. Oddly, two frequent justifications
for collecting are "but it was free!" and "but I paid good money for
Best wishes for your workshop.
Precisely the same experience upgrading the railings on my deck. With my
daughter starting to walk, I decided to upgrade the railings on the deck to
4" spaced vertical instead of the single horizontal 1x6es that were there.
A simple suggestion of "You know honey, I've always thought it would help to
build a little platform over there to put the grill on..." turned into:
Expanding the existing 8' x 12' deck to 12' x 12'
Adding a 3' wide set of stairs down the yard-ward side
Adding a 10' x 15' "lower level" just for entertaining
I like the new deck, don't get me wrong. It's one of my proudest additions
to the house. But gods! did the project snowball.
aboutr 15 yrs. ago i built a garage/shed in the back yard... plaing on
retiring soon and figured i was gonna have many peaceful days "PLAYING"
in there... well now that i am retired we have the garage full of
decoratons, christmas(eventhough we have decort. up there must be enough
to do about 5 more houses on the block.. easter, halloween dec.
mardi gras dec., thanksgiving, and some holidays that i dont even know
about... and the kids toys from over the years, and and furniture that
we inherited... i cant even turn around it there no.... before all this
storage i could pull a car or truck or motorcyle in there and work on
it.. not i cant even get in there to get to my tool boxes... at least i
dont have to worry about someone getting the roll away tool boxes.. they
could not move it it they wanted to....
I know i cant....
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