Wow… I finally have a place I can call “home” again with a reliable internet connection. Throughout the house-hunting process, a make-or-break for us was whether or not the home had a spot I could house ol’ Snakeye Woodworks. Trust me, this unbending priority stopped us from renting a place or two that we otherwise liked.
Prior to moving to Britain, I felt like I was getting some good time in the shop. Especially since I had this unyielding weight over my shoulders to finish about five projects in the time I could only finish one. And I didn’t even make it that far; I still have at least two or three weekends of good work to finish my living room table (and that is just to get it physically built… not finished). So my shop, and projects at various production stages, still sit in boxes for the time being. Soon though, I will have all the time in the world to just sit and work without a deadline of moving looming over me.
Though I found a place to house Snakeye Woodworks, I don’t have anything remotely close to a working shop. It’s a one-car garage:
Over the next few weeks, I’ll be diverting the money and time I use for woodworking towards building a shop I would be proud to work in. As you can see, I think I have my work cut out for me.
On the to-do list:
- Replace the garage door (it’s broken). The landlord agreed to cover this expense.
- Hire a flooring person to put down a floor. I toyed with the idea of buying some plywood and setting it down, but the landlord knows all the people in town that do this type of stuff and said it would be less expensive and easier to get it done by an expert. Time is money and my time is limited, so my landlord wins out. I think I’m going with the cushioned vinyl floor that looks like a wood floor (it will probably be easier to clean up sawdust this way too).
- Hire an electrician to wire some plug sockets and fluorescent-tube lights. I’d do it myself, but I guess there are safety codes in place that prevent this. So I’ll need to install a few overhead lights, with at least two plug sockets to run a space heater, my shop vac, and my Bose/iPod speaker combo.
- Replace the rotting wood shelves with something that is more interior-oriented. This will probably hold my tools until I get my Anarchist’s Tool Chest built.
- A thorough cleaning. There’s spider webs, leaves, rot and bird shit all over the place.
Until further notice, all woodworking projects are on a tactical pause until I have a facility that can accommodate them. More posts on the progress later. Luckily (unlike those websites where guys brag about how grand their shops are with all the electrical considerations and intricacies), I have no power tools to set up so this shop will be quite simple.