Hey all. I'm new here. A few months ago my dad passed away and left me his shop. It was a mess, no trash or junk, just a whole bunch of tools in a whole bunch of boxes. Anyhow, I've spent the better part of 2 weeks trying to get his things organized and get the shop organized. He had put up a bunch of peg board, but he used finish nails, which wouldn't hold. He put his clamps on one of the peg boards, and came out the next day and found his clamps on the floor and the peg board bent over under the weight. So, he gave up and never went back into his shop. He spent a huge amount of money on tools, many of the things I've found, I've found 2 or 3 of.
I'm a contractor. I began my career as a house framer building custom homes in a suburb south of Denver. I eventually began building spec homes as a sub-contractor, and moved into doing custom remodel framing in the Denver area. I moved to Kansas City in 2004 and started contracting. I since moved back to Denver, then 2 weeks ago, I came back to Kansas City again.
I'm going to set up his shop as a cabinet shop, and I'm going to do some mill work for my own jobs.
I have an ominous amount of organization and storage and bench building ahead, but I've given myself a timeline of 4 weeks, 2 weeks left. I'm through with the hard part, now it's time to begin putting tools together and building benches.
There's more, but this is getting too long, so I'll save it for another day. I'm looking forward to hearing from you, and hopefully you'll have some great advice for a new shop owner.