Workshop: Before and After

by Josh on February 2, 2006 · 2 comments

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There is still some tidying to do and I need to find something to do with the lumber from the old storage units, but this phase of the basement workshop project is otherwise complete. Here’s what the workshop looked like a couple weeks ago: Since then I demolished the old storage units and a cardboard […]


Drywall Don’ts

by Josh on January 31, 2006 · 2 comments

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I knew the workshop would be a good place to practice my skills with drywall, tape and joint compound. It turns out I need a lot more practice. I managed an acceptable job for a basement utility room wall that will be hidden by shelving, but there is no way I would want this wall […]


Workshop Wall: Rock and Mud

by Josh on January 28, 2006 · 1 comment

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It is Saturday afternoon and the sheetrock for the wall of the basement workshop is hung, taped and wearing the first coat of mud. I thought I might be a little farther along by this point in the weekend, although I am still on schedule to have the wall finished by the end of the […]

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Ready to Rock

by Josh on January 26, 2006 · 1 comment

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Demolition of the basement workshop “cardboard wall” is complete. Last night I installed a new double electrical box in the wall and wired it up for two additional outlets for the workshop. Adding the box was a simple task, particularly with all the new wiring already in the wall from when the previous owners finished […]

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Official Distraction

by Josh on January 23, 2006 · 2 comments

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It’s official. Fixing up the basement workshop reached project status this weekend when I picked up drywall and mud for the wall I’m refinishing there. I was supposed to start working on the upstairs bedroom, particularly now that my cool new Speedheater infrared paint remover has arrived. All I wanted to do in the workshop […]


Old Drawer Liner

by Josh on January 20, 2006 · 4 comments

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While dismantling the storage drawers and shelves in the basement workshop, I found some interesting old paper lining a couple of the drawers. The papers date from the house’s “parsonage era” from 1952 to 1973 when it was owned by the last Norwegian-language Lutheran church in the city and occupied by Norwegian pastors. It was […]


Cardboard Wall

by Josh on January 17, 2006 · 1 comment

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“Walls like cardboard” is supposed to be a joke reserved for cheap motels. So what can I say about walls made of actual cardboard in my basement workshop? Over the past three days I have been dismantling the worn-out storage cabinets flanking my workshop space. With the cabinets removed, I was able to completely see […]

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Organizing the Workshop

by Josh on January 13, 2006 · 0 comments

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Is it possible to live too close to IKEA? While picking up shelves for the new toyroom I couldn’t resist getting some shelving for my woefully disorganized workshop also. It’s an impulse buy, but I guess there are worse impulses. At least IKEA impulses are cheap and stylish… I’m still working on filling the shelves, […]