After I finished Scrappy Cat II, I started thinking about my next creative project to dive into. Then I realized I hadn’t really spent the summer working on the workshop as I’d meant to. I got the north wall worktable done, which was quite an effort, but it was one of about seven or eight things that needed work.
So, instead of another project, I packed everything away and got to work.
The north worktable was originally made at standing height. I got a couple bar chairs so I could sit as well as stand, but after using it for almost a year I realized I didn’t like it. For small or multifarious projects that required moving around and different areas of work, it was great. Most of my projects don’t fit those limits though and I found myself standing in one spot, working until my feet started to fall asleep and my blood pooled in my legs – that, or hunched over in the bar chairs, with terrible posture. I stopped using the area through natural avoidance. I finally came to the conclusion that I had to either remodel the entire north wall or give it up to storage. I decided on the remodel. This involved clearing off all the surfaces, removing the countertops, cutting down the base cabinets by about six inches, and reassembling them all. It was a hassle and a mess. Once I cleaned up, I built another base cabinet (the last one planned for the area) and put everything back. This was a great decision, overall. I find myself using the area often, as I’d hoped for originally. It is an excellent space, even with the temporary shelving and piles of tools all over.
This left me with the cutoff sections from the four base cabinets. I was reluctant to throw them away, since I’d made them, knew them to be secure, study and I was sure they had some use. After a week of them sitting around, I knew what that use was. They would become my new fabric storage shelves on the south wall.
Smaller pieces of fabric, say under a yard, don’t need much space to be stored, but when you have hundreds of those smaller pieces, as I do, you need a lot of small footprint storage. These cutoffs, turned sideways, would make perfect, shallow storage with the addition of a few shelves. Since I only had four, I arranged them so I could build the betwixt shelves in place. Sorta a built-in type deal.
Here is the initial test fit layout. You should always make sure that your drawings match real life, if you can.
So, I spent a very sweaty hot evening last weekend cutting the shelves for this project. It took every evening after work to get everything together, filled, sanded, caulk and touch-up painted, but I did finish it on Thursday night. I still have sore muscles.
Here is the view of them almost done. I added the top shelf afterwards, but I don’t have a pic of it. I’ll show them again when I get fabric on the shelves. Frankly, that will be a while. I haven’t folded and organized my fabric for years because of the storage and moving and storage and remodeling and.. and .. you get the idea. Any fabric pulled out of boxes has not been folded and restored. Any new fabric has been put in a separate, non-organized box. I’ll have to make some new folding templates anyway; these shelves are a slightly different size than my old fabric storage boxes.
I like that I’ll be able to view pretty much my entire fabric collection once it is stocked here.
Next up for the workshop is the badge station. I’m tired of the badge press machines being covered up and the cats pulling the cover off so they can sleep on it. Once I get it built I’ll take apart, clean and grease the presses and cutters; and then they can live in their safe, enclosed cabinet. The cats can sleep atop the cabinet – it will be more comfortable than the presses, I’m sure.
Badge station and two more, huge, major builds and I’ll be ready for winter. I might make it.