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The Never Ending Search For Space

Wednesday, August 12th, 2009


As it pertains to woodworking and tools, I'd like to modify the verbiage of an old saying: "My shop is like trying to stuff ten tons of tools in a five ton space". OK, so I'm sure you all know the real saying, but suffice it to say when trying to run a fully equipped shop in a 20' x 22' garage, space is always at a premium. I am always looking for new places to store or display my stuff. Every has stuff (conjures up thoughts of the late great George Carlin skit).


Everyone always thinks of the floor and tend to forget the valuable storage spaces on the walls and near the ceiling. So when I needed a place to display my old Stanley hand places, a few antique oil cans from my grandfather (very sentimental items) and other  infrequently used items, I simply looked up. I decided to build a shelf that would be supported by rails screwed to the main carrying beam in the garage ceiling. After building the shelf and brushing on a couple coats of paint I eagerly got my old planes, oil cans, screw jacks (my father had machined in shop when he was younger; more sentimental items), a manual handsaw tooth setting punch and some dial gauges and set them up for display (Figures 1-5 below).


shop shelf   shop shelf   shop shelf

Figure 1                                                                  Figure 2                                                                 Figure 3


shop shelf   shop shelf

Figure 4                                                                  Figure 5


Another often forgotten storage location in a garage is above the garage door. Although constrained by height, this space is excellent for book, magazine and reference manual storage and also infrequently used items such as my drop cloth, extra paper towels,  and specialty automotive tools (Figures 6 & 7).


shop shelf   shop shelf

Figure 6                                                                  Figure 7


And the most prized possession in my shop is the wonderful present that my daughter gave me when she was a little girl (Figure 8). Now a sophomore in college, she forever remains Daddy's Little Girl...


dad shop sign  

Figure 8


If you have any questions or comments about this blog entry please do not hesitate to send me an e-mail. Thanks and be safe when working with tools!!!





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Robert Burgoyne, also known as "Burgie", has been doing woodworking for nearly 30 years. He started learning at an early age in his grandfather's garage and continued while working with his father in construction. The hobby has now become a business with Creative Landscape Accents. Burgie builds  high quality woodworking projects for the outdoors and also enjoys making decorative accent pieces for inside the house. While not working in his shop doing woodworking Burgie enjoys computers, restoring his old 1964 Chevy C60 2-ton dump truck and riding his Harley-Davidson Road King throughout beautiful Colorado.



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