Many of you know that my current project is the renovation of my workshop. I am taking about 10′ (3m) from the back of our garage and combining that with my existing 12’ x 16’ workshop. The project is complicated by the fact that I’m working around the contents of both spaces. Last week, I finished framing most of the partition wall – enough to let me turn my attention to clearing space in what remains of the garage for our two cars. This week, I’ve been rearranging the contents of the garage.
I haven’t explained this entire project, but there are a few significant goals that go beyond just dividing the space.
One thing I want to do is to separate the woodworking area from the metal working area. I won’t bore you with the details, but it boils down to this – metal working almost always creates sparks, and woodworking almost always creates sawdust – sparks and sawdust almost always result in fire.
I’ve been moving all of the metal working equipment to the front of my garage. In that location, if I have to do something that is going to generate sparks, I can easily step into the driveway, or at least direct the flow of the sparks into the driveway. In the course of this move, I’ve uncovered several containers of scrap metal. I periodically visit these containers for a bit of this or that, and they are handy to have around, but they take up too much space. The bulk of the material in these containers is heading to the recycling center on Saturday.
I know why I have these containers. My father would have them. It’s in my genes and it’s guided by my upbringing. “You might need that someday.” “That could come in handy.” “Having that can save you a trip to the hardware store.” Well, my message to my dad (who passed away 37 years ago) is today’s one-liner:
“Sorry Dad, but the Depression is over.”
Then again, as I’ve been moving things around and securing them in their new places, I’ve used a lot of material out of those containers…maybe he was right.
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