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spent 3 hours sorting out the workshop and prepping wood and checking materials for use.
Wife wasnt pleased spent all the time in the workshop and still havnt tidy up the conservatory every time i start i start drawing or painting the light is to good to waste
here is where i am at? not to sure where that is?
1 is what remains form a 8ft lenght of lime wood mesures 3.5 x 18 x45 inches ,not exactly light wieght to hump around
2 is 3 peices of mahogany the largest is 4.5x5.5x39 inches.the other is 2.5X2.75X 39 inchhes and a small peice
3is a few hazel and ash shanks
4 is a old puppet head think i will recarve it into a topper
5 This is a seagull stick for a friend who loves the sea and spends most of his time at the seaside have yst to finish painting it
6 This is supposed to be for a wildlife sculpture but keep using the birds i have carved for stick toppers?
778 designs and painting scattered about got to clear up been asked enought times

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I can smell all that yummy wood all the way over here in Sunny Arizona.

Beautiful workshop, Cobalt! It's pretty easy to see why you would want to spend so much time there. It looks to me like the PERFECT place to be, surrounded by wood, paints, and carving tools. Definitely the perfect place to be.
 

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This is what the wife calls the carvingbarn. 12 x 16 shed/shop.
I went with wire shelving for storage.
1- Small usable scrap and in these containers.
2- The wood wall.
3- Hung weir shelves from the ceiling. That is where I dry stick and store longer lumbers.
4- Tool wall
5- This is where all the damage is done
 

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Thats a nice size workshop ,need more room myself.

My damage and frustrations are aso at the workbench .It appears the more room you have the more room you want
 

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Oh my goodness! That's a lot of carving barn awesomeness right there. And what a lovely, organized workbench you have as well! I love seeing these workshops. Pretty cool stuff.
 

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I am humbled! I'll never have such a great workspace as either cobalt or CV3, but you provide inspiration to keep adding capabilities. I'm shut down as of two months ago and perhaps for several more, but that doesn't keep me from noting great ideas and making plans. A priority is adding a good fan to my little shed to better tolerate the hot, humid days in August, if I can be carving by then.
 

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Nice workshops. I am going to have to do something by, dare I say it, next winter.

Right now I have a bench and stool I made from the leftovers of my deck renovation. I have it under a maple tree and drag out an extension cord and a box fan for cooling. Can't do much when it rains unless I move into the garage and then the other half hates all the saw dust on the shelves and her car.

I do have a 10 x 14 shed that needs a new roof after a tree toppled down on it in a storm last winter. Problem is getting power to it. The shed's at the back of our property 175' feet from the garage. I would have to trench and then bury conduit for the romex. Lots of tree roots would be disturbed. I have to give this some thought. Could use a genny, but gasoline is getting a bit salty around here.
 

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For many years I Just had a workmate bench,old bar stool and a small tackle box of tools. And did some of my best work. But I do love my shop.
Nice workshops. I am going to have to do something by, dare I say it, next winter.

Right now I have a bench and stool I made from the leftovers of my deck renovation. I have it under a maple tree and drag out an extension cord and a box fan for cooling. Can't do much when it rains unless I move into the garage and then the other half hates all the saw dust on the shelves and her car.

I do have a 10 x 14 shed that needs a new roof after a tree toppled down on it in a storm last winter. Problem is getting power to it. The shed's at the back of our property 175' feet from the garage. I would have to trench and then bury conduit for the romex. Lots of tree roots would be disturbed. I have to give this some thought. Could use a genny, but gasoline is getting a bit salty around here.
 

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Have to agree with CV3 , i also never had the power tools and most of my carving was done by hand .Even cutting blanks myself,most of my carving was done just with the chisels a rubbish set at that,.

but just love the escape from the world when in there..

Think most of the improtant part about carving is in the planning,it saves mistakes wood time ,and allows the idea to develop better

As soon as you start with power tools, then you think i also need more attachments ,like the rotary tool you find yourself buying several differnt ste of burrs,then sanding drums,then a band saw, now its could do with dust extraction.
 

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i just got to do something about my workshop been looking at cv3 to see if i could create more space on the walls to hang things on? even cv3 roof and walls are full .the band saw takes a lot of room but couldnt do without it now,the pillar drill is in the corner taking a lot of space ? the shelves are full of stuff which is a pain when i want something out of them cant remember what box there in?.under the workbench is full of wood and shanks pluss a couple of box`s of of cuts ,i keep telling myself they will be handy?,theres a hundred hazel shanke in the garage seasoning plus 3 boxes of deocrating bits and pieces,trowels and brick work chisels and box full of eletrical stuff pluss a box full of plumbing bits?

I renovated the house when we moved in completely so a lot is left over from that, keep asking myself will i need these again? and thinking what if we downsize, what would need doing apart from a workshop which would be essential as far as i am concerned.

i have always done any work myself that needed doing ,but would i be able to tackle any big jobs anymore?

So will still end up keeping the stuff i`m just a hoarder,who thinks i`m still twenty and can tackle anything
 

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Cobalt are you familiar with a "french cleat" tool storage system? You can build a great interchangeable tool wall using it. And you can do much of it with scrap wood. I am working on a plan to redo much of my shop next year and use that system on every wall. You can do search for "french cleat storage youtube " and see examples of the system. It will be some work. Making the tool and storage units to hang on the cleats. But you can customize what you want and not have to adapted some one else's ideas. And you can go from ceiling to floor. And you can do it with a skill saw and a drill. What other tools you have are a plush. You can hang cabinets, drawer systems , book shelves as well as your tool holders. And move them around to meet you access needs as the change. I am looking forward to the project, it is going to be fun coming up with ways to store every thing.
 
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I will definatly look into it. all i seem to do is move things arond and more methoidcial approach it needed .I am fed with up with things being hanging of the wall useing any convienent space available to store then it just dosnt work

Its the things like the jig saw and drills fles sander draw knives that dont have a home so they get shoved anywhere ,so a perminant solution would be better and would allow better care t be taken when carving

it sounds up my street and definatly needed, or as the wife says still playing
 

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Been forced into doing some tidying up in the workshop, just been putting it of .Had a shelf in there so much stuff piled up on it it pulled the bracket out the wall, what a treat to find the stuff all over the floor xx.>???~$$!!

After calming down and checking the tools no damage done ,relief, It was something waiting to happen to much weight and not enough fixture and putting jobs off

So started the french cleek .Its going to take some time but will just get the essentials done so i can get back to carving, then make things as neaded

So full steam ahead making the cleeks tommorow i hope

Another job designing as i go had to remove the light switch cable /switchs so thats has to be fixed but letf some cables in place as it would be a rewiring job ,so may do that later,but want to get up and running

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Your off to a good start cobalt. It is some work to get it started but I am sure you will like what you can do with it.
 

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My wife is a crafter. she is into rubber stamping and scrapbooking. As you can see over the years she has gathered up a lot stamps. She had to go thought plastic boxes to find what she wanted. I made the stamp and ribbon rack for her craft room. I hung it using a French cleat. One of the plans I have is to build a smaller version to store my small containers of acrylic paints in the shop.
 

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Pretty impressive.nice job. bet the scrap books are interesting things like that oftern contain hidden jems

Arts and crafts a family thing eh.just like my family 3 qualified artists and 1 jewellry maker and designer

My brother collects old postcards coins ,

A bit further in the workshop i just want to get the place up and running , but getting there.A few pieces hung but just shoved there at the moment out the way try ing to clear the bench.

A fun day ended up at A&E had to have a few stiches in my hand The cable on the circular saw cable snagged it caused my to overbalance the workhorse and gashed my hand as i slipt on the saw, pretty lucky could have been much worse.

Have decided to get rid of the saw and get one thats fixed to a workbench.So wont be trying to cut a 45 degree angle with that anymore'

But the job is nearly complete just making brackets for some tools that need hanging , will hang and modify the rest as i go along is so easy to move things now much better

I hadnt planed on useing such wide wood but the place had a offer on so just got some wider and cut it in half .it saved a few pound ..and gained a bit extra wood

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WOW! Your moving right along. Looks great cobalt. Can you put a cleat on the back of the holder you made for you chisels. Being able to move tools around is what I like about the system a friend use his peg board hangers by making different size frames with peg board centers. Your have done a good job.
 

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Looks good Cobalt.

I envy you guys that have a workshop. I could turn half my garage into a workshop, but I'd have to put my fishing boat outside. I just can't do that yet even though the boat has not been used for the last 3 summers.
 

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The system seems to work well havnt finished yet about 50% done ,but will do it as i use the tools ,should tell me what i use the most.It hasnt made much more room but its much tidyer.The tools are within easy reach and not searching thro boxes to find things.But need some more dowel before i can go further

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