I have a lot of tools and materials, and – right now – no place to put them.
That’s about to change.
Earlier this week, I went to IKEA and ordered a set of kitchen cabinets (just the lowers) to fit into an L-shaped space in the room adjacent to my layout space. The order – 77 boxes, IKEA tells me – will arrive Monday. Meantime, I’ve cleared space in the room so that I can start assembling and mounting the cabinets:
There’s still some work to do. Most pressing is the need to get rid of an old sofa, which is no longer required:
Fortunately, the Furniture Faeries are pretty reliable in our neighbourhood. If I curb the sofa, it’ll be gone within a couple of hours.
The above photo also shows my Festool multifunction table (the aluminum framed table in the foreground, with all the bench dog holes in it). This will form an important part of the new work space. The stack of stuff at the far end of the photo is for donation or disposal too.
Until recently, the room was filled with boxes of tools, supplies and projects. I’d loaded up the space with stuff from elsewhere in the house when we started our renovation upstairs. The good news is, the boxes mostly contain things that will go into the new cabinets once installed, so I’ll be able to simply unpack each box as I return it to the room. (Once I’ve unloaded boxes into the lower cabinets, I can decide later whether I require upper cabinets and in what configuration.)
The bad news is, I’ve had to store the boxes in the layout space until the cabinets are installed:
There will be no ops sessions until my workshop is set up. But I’ve already bribed my friend Ryan Mendell into helping with that, with an offer of pints and a meal. It shouldn’t take too long…