Well, its official, winter’s here, or so it seems. The stores are starting to trudge out their seasonal garb of the usual Halloween and Thanksgiving fare; seems like they start a little earlier every year doesn’t it? I swear, I was shopping for board shorts back in July and almost bought a pair of mittens. Can’t pass up a good deal!
And with the colder weather and rainy climes, comes many an excuse to head back into the garage and get those little projects wrapped up that seem so hard to get to when the weather’s good. Knock around on that fender, build that extra motor, install that new wiring harness; sometimes it seems we just make up things to do when the weather is like this. Well we certainly aren’t going to the beach and for many of you, the weather is just too brutal to even think about taking the truck out on a Sunday drive, so I guess it only makes sense that we make do with what we’re dealt and enjoy our trucks in a different way when the weather prohibits.
I know I’ve got a forearm’s length list of things I need to get on this winter, foremost on that list is getting the garage in order. It’s been an uphill battle, but I’m reaching the peak and hopefully, this winter will be devoid of enough action to give me some time to get all the loose ends tied up in the workshop. It would be nice to get the extra wheels, engine blocks, and equipment out of the backyard. Every time that show Hoarders comes on TV, I have to quickly change the channel lest my wife gets any ideas. We do have fun with it though. Every couple of days, she’ll hand me a pile of crushed up cardboard boxes from the week’s grocery run and I’ll start in on the whole, “ohhhh yeah, I need to hang on to these. These will come in handy someday. Put those in the bedroom…” If you’ve seen the show, you know what I’m talking about. If you haven’t, good for you, you’re probably doing something much more productive with your time.
One thing I’m always impressed with is how guys organize their workspaces to maximize the amount of room they have to work with. Back when I had my 1,400 square-foot shop, I didn’t put much thought into it as I had more room than I’d ever need for my two projects and various other incidentals. I could spread out nicely and still have plenty of room to work. But going from that space to a two car garage has definitely presented a challenge in that I can only concentrate on one car at a time as that’s all that will fit in the garage. Need to work on something else? Better move some stuff around.
Which brings me to this. We’ve tossed the idea around of doing some kind of garage guy column and I think we’re getting close to sealing the deal, but I’d really like to get some input from you guys to see how you’re making out in your work spaces. What kinds of things have you found make your life easier when it comes to having too little space? What tricks do you use to organize your tools and equipment? What about parts and hardware? I’d love to hear your thoughts and see some of your workshops and perhaps share them with the CCT world in a column or stand-alone story. I think we could all learn a little something from each other and I know I could use some help!
Send your ideas, shots of your workshop, tools that you’ve found come in handy, or techniques that you use to make your space more efficient, directly to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. CCT