Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Takedown then Back Up, only better

So after sleeping on it and then taking another look this morning, I decided to remove the shelves and put up some masonite strips I had from the previous benchwork. Luckily, they were just the right height to go from the bottom of the standards up to the header 2x4 so I used them instead of buying more/cutting the larger pieces I had. First thing I did was take a few 1x3s and screw them below and touching the standards from before. I then laid the the hardboard on top of them (working alone) and screwed in the hardboard:

Once that was done, I went about putting the standards back up:

and then the shelves themselves, realigning so the fronts line up this time and one doesn't jut out from the other:

I must admit, it does look better that way. Luckily I have 3 more strips this wide which will give me the coverage I need, lest some corner work, for the other 2 walls,


Monday, November 23, 2015

Progress with Pics

So I was finally able to clean up the side of the basement the layout will be on. This included moving things to the center, sweeping then vacuuming up all the debris that had collected over the last few years. So here is my blank slate, once again:

This past weekend, I took the opportunity with my NFL team playing horribly to start on the construction along the walls. I decided I'd do the valance first since I wasn't sure I would really want or need one. I also wasn't sure the height it would end up at would work out. I did want to have a shelf above the layout, hidden by some masonite on the front to act as said valance. I was able to get one wall done in a little less then 30 minutes of work before family stuff moved in.

My thoughts are a 1x3 screwed to the front of the shelves then hardboard over that to give the valance a good look and somewhat hide the shelf. Before that happens though, I will most like begin migrating some of the wood laid out on the other side of the basement so I can fully disassemble the previous staging yard while constructing the rest of the benchwork. I'm looking forward to the 4-day weekend to see how far I can get with initial construction.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Progress, Kind of

Got the layout area almost back to square one:

Hopefully by this time next week, everything is finished being cleaned up and organized. The plan is to go through and throw out any wood not needed (some of it is leftovers from woodworking projects no longer needed), move the shelf standards up, possibly getting a few more for a valence, and then laying out the benchwork for the around the walls portion of the plan before engaging on peninsula construction.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Update - No PIcs

It's been a while since I've posted anything on my efforts. I have been trying to find time to get the basement cleaned up and organized. I had a November 1st deadline in mind for all of this and I'm getting close to completing it by then. In addition to getting the shelving and like together, I also needed to vacuum and clean the basement area. I was pretty good at vacuuming up sawdust and the like after doing woodworking projects but there is still some on top of boxes and under where the old layout was, I guess debris from taking it down and/or the mods I did way back when. Finally, I've ported Bob's plan over to XtrackCad and started layout out the benchwork configurations so I can start construction in the upcoming month or so. Hopefully the MER convention this weekend helps kick in the motivation (and the end of the kids' soccer season will help).

Sunday, July 5, 2015

The Plan

And with a few emails at the end of a July 4th weekend, we have a plan. I can't thank Bob Sprague enough. He's been great in this whole planning and taking the prototype information and applying to my space. And without further adieu, here is the plan:

 Next up, get that basement re-cleaned and organized and start building this thing.


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