Our Shop history and the 'rebuild'
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Or read on for brief history, looking back from today October 17, 2013.
1971 to mid 1975 shop was moved into a 14"x14"x36" wooden box. Carried it to several different places we lived. I still have the box. It contained my 1st power tool, a 1/4" B&D drill, then a used power saw, hammer, few more odd tools I collected and of coarse coffee can full of used nails & screws. Those few years I learned to do quite a bit, and that sometimes stuff doesn't work as planned. It's amazing to me looking back on what I was able to do with so few tools. Remodeled old house-got a 51 panel truck back on the road that had sat abandoned for years. Seems that learning how to do something exponentially increase what you can do. Tools just make it easier but don't give you the ability. Though lack of tools can limit you. Thru necessity & desire, by the time we bought our 1st home wasn't anything I wouldn't try to do, self-taught I could accomplish bout anything I attempted, however crudely. Or would end in total failure-which were my greatest lessons. That if you don't try-regardless of how slim the chances, you will not succeed, and trying does not mean success. At minimum teaches how it might have been done or why it failed.
1975 to mid 1984. This period I started acquiring quite a few more tools. I do remember getting my first electric jig saw, later a small sander. Also during this period is where I actually started learning how to do more beside fence building or putting a shelf up in the kitchen and general maintenance. With a bit more ability and knowledge-so the need for tools and what could be done if you had the tools. I was always limited in metal working- A side job gave me justification for buying an arc welder-whole new world opened up.
This period of learning and tool acquisition also created the need for an actual place to work. Having an actual place to work-where tools & supplies were stored- the "shop" was born. I built workbenches from primarily used 2x4s from shipping PVC pipe crates, made the lower shelf from deck of old pool table. I had bought the 3/4 ply to do the tops-I recall how extravagant that seemed at the time. One 24"x6' and one 24"x8' table both 40" tall. They were bolted together giving me a 6'x6' front "L" that divided the garage in half. Back half for the washer, dryer, water heater, and general house stuff. Front half was the 'shop'. Later, to the table that divided garage I bolted on a 24" pegboard back with shelf, though useful I get tired of looking at Margaret's 'Laundry room'. To the tables I hard wired 110 receptacles and added a light under shelf. Everything in the was done with intent bench would go with me so it was built to be dissembled.
1984- And they did, After using for about 10 years they sat in storage-no place to put them, when we moved back home-the house we started out in back in '69. Along with 2 bolt together 30"x16"x5' tall freestanding particle board cabinets that contained most of my 'stuff'.
Somewhere in this process of what to do with shop I started thinking "If I could just raise the shop I could build a new floor under it". And the thought wouldn't go away. Walls are still sound, roof is also. I could save or at least not start over as far as wiring. Keep my skylight & window, general appearance of building. I talked to several friends sharing a lot of reasons I'd like to save building-none of them made sense to them. Especially to Margaret. She really wanted to see me gain more room. Was apparent this was on me-regardless of the better thinking of others I formulated a plan, 1st raise the shop some how. Second is adding some square footage, if I could enlarge the building would justify the effort. This involved a lot of convoluted plans-cutting hole building, sticking on part of another shed-build a bump out was close to being finalized...but then it occurred to me "why not just cut off back of building and move it?". Doable, will take some thought tying back together-but why not?. Details...several vague ideas on how but will be more an 'as we go' plan. Enough I can proceed, try and come up with a way to lift the shop, enlarge replace the floor & foundation under it. Cut the building and rebuild to fit new foundation...Lot of imagineering to get some notion how it might work-few weeks later I sat the plan in motion
The plan, the lift & move-the rebuild Continued below
Index of other pages, formulating a plan, raising & rebuilding, retro fitting new shop work area.
Forward to The shop rebuild 2010 part 1Formulating a plan-raising and moving shop to rebuild floor
Forward to The shop rebuild 2010 part 2Rebuilding the floor, expanding the building
Forward to The shop rebuild 2010 part 3Rebuilding the benches, cabinets. Adding more..