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This is one of those projects that was going to be a single thing, but then evolved to even more! After installing the new Wall Control purple pegboard in Steph's garage and loving the new look, we were looking for more ways to use it.
Steph's office/studio was a hodgepodge of makeshift storage for all her photography and video equipment. Making videos takes a surprising amount of tripods, lights, cameras, and other kinds of equipment. We thought a wall of metal pegboard with a variety of hooks and shelving would the perfect solution for organizing and storing all of her equipment, as well as a printer and printer paper.
Well, as we were planning the install, we thought, "hey while we're reorganizing the space, let's make plans for adding a guest component to the room" and that's what we did!
We used this Ridgid wet/dry vac as we were drilling the holes for the drywall anchors to capture the drywall dust. It's easier to do this than to try to clean it up afterwards. Once registered, this Ridgid vac has a lifetime warranty. Look closely, that top part comes off to transform into a handheld blower! Pretty cool!
Now onto the 'bed in a box.' We are basically making a box for an inflatable mattress for the guest portion of the office. The box will have storage inside for the mattress, bedding, and other things a guest may need. We had a LOT of design changes as we progressed (which will be addressed in an upcoming Workshop Wednesday). The short story is, we totally over planned!
We got to try out this DeWalt 15-AMP compact job site table saw with included stand to cut a few of the pieces needed for the box. It was nice to move off the floor! The set up out the box was uncomplicated by following the well designed instructions. Steph really likes the movable fence and found it to be simple to use, reliable, and stays in place. Tip: Always follow the safety instructions that are included. Wear your safety gear. Tip: We paired this with the Ridgid wet/dry vac to collect the sawdust. It worked beautifully with very little dust escaping. If you don't use dust collections, please remember to wear a dust mask.
This is our first project using edge lap interlocking joints. Steph used the Dremel Saw-Max 6 amp Variable Speed Corded Tool to cut the area for the joint. This is a great tool for a beginner as it's easy to use and control. It's like a tiny circular saw, but way less intimidating than a circular saw.
See that black box? The Husky 16" pro Mobile Office is marketed for on the go tradespeople, but we think it makes the perfect portable end table for Steph's guest. She's thoughtfully added magazines to the interior pockets, a Ryobi battery powered fan, ear plugs (which I used), water and other essential to the outside pockets and the Milwaukee flashlight which I used right away to find the remote to turn on the overhead light! The top is a great place to charge your phone. Oh, and yeah, you could use it as a mobile office too!
This project took forever, but now that it's finished, we couldn't be more pleased! Some of the delay was our over planning, some waiting on materials, sickness, and a weekend away and then time to recover from the time away!
The redesigned space of the office/studio functions so well. The guest portion is neatly tucked away leaving much of the floor space more open for the giant dog and the new movable table we got, that is my mini office space. We purchased the 46" version of the Husky adjustable height work table that we can move around. I can sit at it or it can be adjusted to standing height and everything in between. This is the same table we got for my garage makeover.
Our thanks to Wall Control for providing the panels and hooks for this project.
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