I've expounded on the fact that I've got too many projects in this column in the past probably more than ya'll like to hear, but this month, I figured I'd give you guys a little peak into my world...and what it's about to become.
A little back story may be necessary but really all you need to know is that I've been working out of a 1,400-square-foot shop for the last six years and have become quite spoiled by the space I've had available really. But as things go, it's high time for me to join the ranks of those of you who have been successful in chasing that little piece of the American Dream, homeownership.
Needless to say, the Manson clan (all two of us) are extremely excited to embark on this latest journey into said abyss; good, bad, or indifferent. (I'm hoping for more of the good and less of the bad and indifferent!)
But what's got me a little quizzical at the moment is what to do with all my junk. When I first moved into my present shop, I shrugged off what most of my buddies told me about how you never have enough space and what space you do have you'll soon find a way to cram it full of stuff. I managed to make it a few years with plenty of work space, free of clutter, and maintained a manageable level of organized chaos. Up to the last few years at least.
Now, with the moving deadline looming overhead, I'm faced with the daunting task of breaking down the shop and fitting 1,400-square-feet worth of work space into a 200-square-foot. garage. I'm convinced I can pull it off, as I've seen many others manage in the same given confines of space, but at the moment I'm starting to convince myself that it's a bit of a pipe dream.
"If I put the roadster body behind the garage and build a shed, then slide the wagon up the driveway, keeping the truck in the garage (of course!), perhaps I could put the shelves along either wall and build a workbench at the back, maybe put the belly tank in the rafters..." you know how that goes!
I've tried to figure it all out on paper but I just keep hitting that wall where I'm left with a few things that just won't fit in the confines of the new abode. It's going to take a bit of ingenuity but I'm sure by the time you read this, it'll all be said and done and I can get back to our regularly scheduled program.
And while having too many projects doesn't necessarily have to be a bad thing, it's like I put it to my wife, "it's rich people problems". I bitch and moan about all the stuff I have to move and the projects I have to work on, but at the end of the day, I have to remind myself of how many guys out there are so much worse off. With unemployment at its highest, it's been in god knows how long, I'm thankful to be in the situation I'm in, regardless of how much I may complain about it.
With that said, I've been tossing around the idea of starting a column that will deal strictly in tools, equipment, and other garage-related items that we all could use. Everything from workbenches to drill presses to handtools, I'd like to take a look at what's out there, what's interesting, and what I'd like to have in my home garage and give you guys a peak at what I might find. Whaddya think?
Until then, I've got some packing to do so until next month, keep the shiny side up!