Workshop ideas that failed #1: the tool tower and mobile lumber rack

by Robert
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First things about this blog I am a retired teacher 5th graders and PE. so I retired to do woodworking as a business and hobby, but I found Lumberjocks and writing about the projects an outlet I have enjoyed. I retired in 2009 and now 2016 moved from my 24×28 foot retirement shop( a modular shed) to a one car basement garage that came with the wife’s job, she is a Presbyterian Minister. Now that has both good and bad with it. I should not collect tons of extra crap since we may move, and I really had a major clean out when we moved here 3 years ago. Even sold cherry planks for a $ 1 a board after moving 50 to the new because I had no more time to move these. Odd scrap at the old shop ! what a hoarder I was and with a wood stove. Oh well the neighbor had a great bonfire. Now this leads to planning for the lumber rack and limited space. We had three weeks away before moving to the new house. And I had been thinking of a new wood rack for the space ( 14×21 ) walls and garage door and one man door into the basement. So the mobile cart like Steve Ramsey built just looked easy and would do it. Also on that end would be my Shopsmith. Both could roll and the space work out. I have learned since shop #1 to do small cardboard pieces and a large folder outline of the floorspace and look at what can go where but really the walk space. the open space. thats 2 basements and a one car garage ( we took it down ) and the large modular shed and now the one car in the basement. Failures: I built a 32×6 ft rack, 6 heavy duty castors, small panel area and buckets for scrap and strips. It was less than needed and so heavy with the cherrry and oak I hated to roll it. Then I got more wood and put a wall rack behind it and moved it more into the shop defeating the idea of less shop space.
Solution….One man on Lumberjocks recently stored all his new purchase vertical. so I looked and rethought and could use the wall rack like dividers. Emptying both racks and clearing the bench and space took and hour and a half, I thought about 5 minutes to strip down the wood rack but the curbside free idea won and out it went the next morning and I saw it leave with a happy man and I was happy too. Stacking slowly my wood in groups I found wood I had for 10 years, I remember that buy and drying it. more cherry than I expected. and more space. I can touch and choose any type. I put the scrap bin in front and gained a foot of floor space. Better is I can FIND any type I want.

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