My Great Maine Adventure Chapter Five “Worker’s Paradise”

My beloved 2004 Tundra was packed to the gills with hand, battery, and electrical tools. I also brought many different screw types and sizes (not knowing what I was going to need), glue, caulking, etc. You get the idea, I brought HD with me! Remember, Lil’s house is 25 miles from the local town, Greenville; I had to be as prepared as possible.

The Challenge

Whether you are doing a project around your house or in Maine’s beautiful wilderness, you need a place to stage your tools. Where am I going to set up a shop?

Possible Solution

The shed was constructed to house the generator, solar panels, batteries, tools and supplies. As time went on, a refrigerator was added and then:

Things got a little out of control, I am not quite sure what happened. Besides the fact that the shed was a mess, it was also a fire hazard. The generator (top right) generates a lot of heat when it is running, and it needs clearance around all its surfaces.

Time to Get Organized

I needed a place to work, and the shed was it. First things first, I had to clean it up, organize and make it safe. When confronted with a challenge like this, it’s good to start over. I decided to remove all the movable items, rebuild, sort, and restock the shed in an orderly fashion.

Progress, Progress, Progress

Time to Make a Workbench

Every shop needs a workbench. For exterior projects, a couple of saw horses and an old door works fine.

Stanley saw horses and an old door

In the shed I built a work bench. I did not have legs to keep it upright, and I did not have plywood for the work surface. Time for TLC!

Completed workbench

Above is the completed work bench. The 4″X4″ legs came from the rotten rear stair case and the plywood came from a floor under the canoe stand. I am now ready to rock and roll.

We usually entered Lil’s house using the steps in the rear, no big deal right? Well, would you use this staircase?

Rear steps in disrepair

The Adventure Continues Chapter Six- “A Time To Flop”