Project: Table riser

The Problem

My good friend Nick is an avid board gamer and enjoys hosting game nights at his house. He had helped fund a Kickstarter for the Duchess gaming table. The setup he envisioned for his house was a bar-height table with stools. Essentially, he needed a way to raise his top of his table about 10 inches, and came to me for advice on how to do that. Continue reading

Project: Pegboard organizers

The Problem

My workspaces are typically messy. I often say if there’s a horizontal surface, I will fill it with things.

I will clean this up when it’s not 20 below zero in my garage… I promise.

To remedy some of this cluttering habit, I try to get things “up”. I’ll use hooks, pegboards, and what-have-you to get items up and off the horizontal surfaces. Getting items up solves two problems:

  1. Everything is now in front of my field of vision. Nice!
  2. It’s harder to bury things on a vertical plane. It can be done, but not as easily.

So, those are great virtues, but pegboards can still get ugly. Especially considering store-bought solutions rarely fit your needs (or tools). Case in point, I had recently purchased several new tools: screwdrivers, spade drill bits, and chisels. They didn’t fit nicely on the old wire pegboard hooks, so I decided to make my own. Continue reading

Workspaces

School is about to start up so it’s been a whirlwind of projects getting finished. One of said projects is a desperately needed garage cleaning.

Really, this post is intended for former co-worker and maker of interesting things; Ben Brandt. I recommend checking out his YouTube channel where he posts videos of his various projects. Recently he needed to dismantle his workbench and asked if others have ideas for the new one. Since I have a semi-fancy workbench, I figured this would be a place to showcase it. So, without further ado:

MY WORKBENCH!

Behold! The back of my garage, hundreds of times cleaner than usual!

Behold! The back of my garage, hundreds of times cleaner than usual!

The frame of my workbench his hinged both in the back and front.

The frame of my workbench is hinged both in the back and front.

And a closer inspection of the back reveals a piano hinge running the length of the bench.

And a closer inspection of the back reveals a piano hinge running the length of the bench.

Gently lifting up on the surface and pushing the frame to the right.

Gently lifting up on the surface and pushing the frame to the right.

Ahhh... Push it!

Ahhh… Push it!

Ahhh... Push it!

Ahhh… Push it!

Puh-Push it real good!

Puh-Push it real good!

Once the frame  has passed the hinge....

Once the frame has passed the hinge….

The surface is free to fold down.

The surface is free to fold down.

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(The was the top of an attorney desk from my old firm....  Don't ask.)

(The was the top of an attorney desk from my old firm…. Don’t ask.)

Bench in final folded position

Bench in final folded position

Last step: Wipe off hands like you just did a lot of work.

Last step: Wipe off hands like you just did a lot of work.

So that’s my garage work space. I opted for the folding table because I have had lots of extra crap to store back there in the winter. Snowblowers and motorcycles and all the like. I’m thinking that the gas cans need a new home. The white plastic shelves are an addition since yesterday, and thus moved the gas closer to the bench (and electrical stuffs) which worries me slightly…

Oh yeah, if you’re wondering why there was a blue bucket in that first pic, it’s keeping the excess chain from my hoist out of the way:

This is how I get Serenity up into the joists in the winter.

This is how I get Serenity up into the joists in the winter.