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Giving the Blog feature a test run for sharing my toils with (a) (re-)setting up my shop, (b) selling a Quickie Q2 kit I'm not going to build, (c) repairing a Quickie TriQ-200, and (d) building a Cozy Mark IV.  Mix that with Life and Work and I don't know how everyone does it. 

Thank you for reading, and feel free to post a comment.

Jon

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Found a spot for that TV...

Found a spot for that TV...

I stumbled through a bunch of nights and weekends to get to what you see here -- a bit more than I initially set out to do for 'Step 1'.  However, it was good training for knowing exactly what needs to come next if this workshop is going to stay dry, warm, and cool depending on the month.  Lots of work to do and some money needs to be thrown at that house. Here it is, with a freeze-frame in the video showing the Rutan aircraft demonstration at EAA AirVenture 2019. 

Jon Matcho

Jon Matcho

Shoplight at the End of the Tunnel

Shoplight at the End of the Tunnel

I set out to finish just two walls so I could hang a pegboard so I could free some of my horizontal surface areas.  As I got into it I find that, in order to do it "right", the add-on work just keeps coming.  I had to include a third wall so I could deal with the one "outside" corner in the room.  I worked around the existing electrical box, and not too gracefully at that, but it's good enough for what I need. Here are the first three walls... This looks crowded but most everythi

Jon Matcho

Jon Matcho

Happiness is a new Pegboard

Happiness is a new Pegboard

I can see how writing about adding a pegboard might seem a bit ridiculous or trivial to some, but this was a big deal for me.  I haven't had a fully working shop in about 10 years, and this pegboard marks a major milestone for me.  I am getting back in business.   Note the lone hammer, which I feel I have to explain it is tongue-in-cheek since I once caught some flak for posting a similar first pegboard pick from my old shop.  Tell me that's not funny!  😉 You can see the put-whee

Jon Matcho

Jon Matcho

Ready for the shop's first pegboard!

Ready for the shop's first pegboard!

The first one is always the hardest, but now I know the right measurements, have the right sized bits and tools, and know a few tricks.  The next wall will definitely be easier and go faster, but I am getting ahead of myself -- I still have to mount insulation on the right side behind the compressor.  I just need that pegboard up, and now!  

Jon Matcho

Jon Matcho

Insulating the first Shop Wall Continues

Insulating the first Shop Wall Continues

Insulating this first section of wall is a priority in that it will allow me to finally hang my first pegboard in my "new" shop.  I have been surviving without a pegboard for years now, and it's really starting to cramp my style.  The issue has been that the garage is bare block and the temperatures sink below what is reasonable for working in the shop, and so insulation is required as part of this. After much debate before and during this first wall, and then successfully mounting the insu

Jon Matcho

Jon Matcho

Insulating the Shop Walls

Insulating the Shop Walls

Allow me a brief introduction to this post before I get into it.  The purpose of testing the blog feature is twofold: Determine whether the 'blog' feature here is a "keeper" so it can be offered to other builders (I already have concerns). Document my build, from re-setting up shop, to my repair and build progress. I am going to give this a few more posts along with some follow-up research for whether additional configuration and customization is necessary to bring things up
Workshop Wall #1

Workshop Wall #1

Hello everyone.  I need some motivation and so I thought to put my efforts up here for all to see, and to keep my momentum going.  I have been dancing around my shop for quite a few years now in my current home, having set a few stations up but not achieving what I would consider a functioning workshop.  I'm not talking about perfection, just the ability to know where everything is and have enough floor and table space to work.  It's also important here in the Northeast U.S. to have an insulated
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