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Sweet, I can create new Chapters. Stay tuned for the unveiling of... the Detailing Corner. Seriously excited for this next chapter...

I managed to get 1/2 hour spare time the other day and spent it hosing the garage floor down. Here are a few before and after pictures. When I have more time I'll mop it.

I wanted to extend my auxiliary bench beyond the window and initially came up with this double shelf idea. It was hideous and I promptly removed it.

In the end I decided to simply double the existing bench, providing 12' of length. It is 16" deep. I also re-made the lower shelf under the existing bench and extended this as well.

Didn't take long to fill up the shelf and bench with stuff. I also put the SPG tool chest on it because I don't have a better place for it at the moment. I primarily use the bench when I'm lathe'ing, and with the tool chest there I basically never use the new length of bench. I have a place in mind for the tool chest which will allow me to easily access the rest of the bench when I'm on the lathe.

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Mar 2015
by q20v

7-Mar-2015

This evening Brieanna is out with a friend and the girls are sleeping, and it's a pretty warm night at -5*C, so I cracked a beer and stood in the garage for a bit and ran some thoughts through the old spaghetti and meatballs about this summer.

I snapped a few pictures as it currently sits. It's embarrassingly dirty and cluttered right now, but that's what happens when it is negative a thousand for months on end.

For the past several summers I have been preoccupied with big car related projects. The BMW, Audi 90 and Coupe, Audi A4, and not to mention our little romper (Sarah) was born mid-summer in 2013. I haven't paid much attention to the garage and this summer it will get some much needed attention. My motivation comes from Blake setting up his garage and a local garage build on Garage Journal, a guy code named 'dubber'. He has a very clean and presentable garage and while I don't want to go to his extreme, I do want to move towards it.

Here are some of my thoughts for this summer (in order of popping into my head):
- Paint lower concrete around perimeter. (black, I guess?)
- Paint garage door header trim. (white, currently wood)
- Paint steps going into house. (grey, I guess?)
- Paint wooden car ramps.
- Paint shelves above main workbench white.
- Remove and clean RaceDeck floor. See what's living underneath...
- Tidy up stereo wiring.
- Box up lathe stand. Flat board on pillars, perhaps black, and laminate with a slightly smaller grey (or other) panel with bevelled edges. Also level the lathe fore/aft.
- Build a splash guard for the lathe!!
- Build shelf directly to the left of the lathe, to support the SPG tool chest. Maybe a small shelf underneath for lathe-related accessories. Maybe a new Beach lower tool box?? Made in Smith Falls, you know. Available at Cardon Tools.
- Mount my other electrical cord spool.
- Trim the current lathe shelf with 90* pine, paint an accent colour, touch up current backsplash. Use the space directly above this backsplash (close to the ceiling) for some artwork/banner/auto memorabilia.
- Paint the natural gas line black or something (or leave as-is).
- Sort out wall between window and garage door (has Ferrari picture right now). Tidy it up and properly hang some nice wall art.
- Paint and reorganize the weapons of mass destruction tool hanging wall. Grey? White? Hang more tools! Maybe do something different for the bolt bins?
- Holy this list is getting long... might carry into 2016... although, Brieanna and the girls are going to Nova Scotia for 2 weeks this summer, and I'll be booking some time off during that period.
- I've been thinking about bringing the Press into the garage, but the footprint is 25x35", which doesn't really fit nicely anywhere. It will probably stay in the basement.
- Line the SPG tool chest drawer bottoms with felt.
- Protect compressor nook with appropriate shielding from grinder dust and general overhead work.
- Add a closed shelf for fluids (i.e. automotive related fluids)
- And last but not least (I think), the white board says we need to be on a race track in a 500hp car by November 2nd 2015. The only way I see this happening is if I weld the BMW, Audi, and Mitsubishi end to end and connect their throttle cables somehow. (which still brings me short of 500hp, so maybe get a push from Blake's Buick?)
I think we'll have to re-adjust this goal...

  • Properly level the big Mastercraft tool box.
  • Run hot water line into the garage.
  • Build Myah and Sarah a workbench area.
  • Pegboard in the lathe area, above the auxiliary workbench?
  • Install remaining 2 fluorescent light fixtures.
  • Install middle support for main workbench.
  • Paint door / window frame accent color.
  • Shorten Auxiliary workbench?
  • Dedicated car magazine / book shelf
  • Tire / Oil change tool area
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