Busy week. I am back at work now, so we are an evenings-and-weekends type of operation for most projects now. But, we did manage to install the railing in the loft this weekend, and did some other detail work to nearly finish it up. The railing seamlessly integrates with the steel downrods we used to help support the large logs in the living room, and we think it looks pretty sharp. Kee Klamp is really the best place for railing fittings, in case you are ever looking!
So, we built a garage, but not to park our car in it. Rather, we needed a place to store a lot of tools and materials, since we have no storage in the house and no workshop space. We’ve been steadily going through all our tools and various other stuff to finally get the workshop in order, and finished up today! Our goal was to go through every single drill bit, chisel, saw blade, screw, and staple and only keep the best and brightest, organizing it in a way that would make Norm Abram proud. I think we did it! Here are the glamour shots, before we make a bunch of sawdusty-mess in there.
My bench, with the ‘spinner’ in the background.
‘The Spinner’ – we found this used on craigslist – an older, huge, hardware-store type spinning 8-tray hardware carousel! Every bit of hardware we had fit in here.
Right rear wall: saws, chisels, levels…
Check out all the bit and drill holders I made!
All my countersink bits, and some spare parts.
The triple stack of all driver bits and hex drivers. Each level un-stacks and stands on its own. Turns out that pegboard has the right size holes to hold each bit.
Drills! Thanks to a Pinterest user for this idea, and to my trusty Forstner bits for making it easy.
Left side wall: much of K’s stuff and the metalwork bench on the left.
View of the right side.
And a view of the left side.
My lovely, lovely pegboard over my bench.
This was an old family camping kitchen. Turns out, add some casters and it makes a great storage unit for gardening supplies.
Inside of the garden cabinet. We got an armload of these narrow metal hanging trays at at ReStore for $1 each! Perfect for seed packets, etc.
Back wall, left. We got rid of 7 hammers, and still have a respectable collection!
K’s cabinet (a ReStore find), outfitted for the whole collection of wrenches.
And the rest of his cabinet, tin snips and other goodies.
We made a trip to Liberty Tool (huge antique/used tool store) and gathered up a bunch of missing items for a buck or two apiece.