Building the New Fit RV Shop – Part 7: Moving Back In!

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Well, the day has come, the shipping container is gone, and I’m moving back in to my shop space.  On some level, this makes me happy, but it also stresses me right the heck out.  It’s chaos!  I’m back to having boxes everywhere and tripping over things.  Too slowly, but surely, I’m bringing order to the chaos, as you’ll see in this video:


Stef doesn’t get it – the whole “I’m Type-A and disorder makes me upset” thing.  She keeps telling me to “enjoy the process,” which is like telling someone to enjoy the flu.

From my perspective, it’s miserable, and I’m just trying to hurry up and get through it so I can get back to being productive.   (Also kind of like the flu.)

So I’ve been madly at work on storage projects.  In particular, the fastest don’t-order-anything-fancy-just-use-what-you-can-get-quickly kind.  There are three main things I’ll show you in this video.


 1.  Wrapping “Posts”

I put the “posts” in air quotes because what you’ll see me wrap in this video aren’t posts at all.  I just made them look like posts.  Basically, I covered up all the outside corners in the shop with a 6×6 rough cedar wrap.  What makes *my* post wrap video different from all the other bloggers-wrapping-posts content on the internet is that mine actually looks like a post.   The secret to my post wrapping is a lock miter on the edges of the boards.  You’ll just have to see the video if you don’t know what that is, because it’s way easier to understand if you see it.  This was my one exception to the “hurry up” theme I’m working under.

2.  El-Cheapo Cabinets

Yes, I know it’s a shop and you’re supposed to build your own cabinets.  But if I had to wait that long to get all these boxes off the floor and put away, I’d have an aneurysm.  So in the interest of staying alive, I went with the absolute fastest way to get cabinets there is: go buy them at a big-box store and just screw them in.  It’s not too exciting, but there you have it.  I did make my own countertops for some of them, if that counts.  I also got the unfinished ones, so I can paint them later when I won’t trip over anything to do so.  And I do have something planned for the paint that will continue the “barn-y” theme I’m working towards.

3.  Shelving With What I Had On Hand

So I built some shelves with the scrap wood I had on hand.  It just so happens that scrap wood is gorgeous reclaimed teak, and not something you would normally use for shop shelves.  There’s a story behind that which you’ll see in the video. (It has to do with my desk.)  I also built the shelves with iron pipe fittings from the local home center.  I did that because I knew I could get the hardware in 20 minutes, and it would be adjustable, expandable, and I could always find hardware to match without worrying about it ever going out of stock.  But it turns out – pipe hardware shelves are a trendy thing!  I’m trendy!  Who knew?!


And with that, I’m starting to get a handle on my shop space.  There’s still lots more to do, like assemble my brand new table saw that’s sitting out there right now.  It’s killing me to keep writing this, so I’m going to stop now.  Once I get that saw up and running, I’ll be off to the races on the remainder of my projects out there.  Bye!


James is a former rocket scientist, a USA Cycling coach, and lifelong fitness buff. When he's not driving the RV, or modifying the RV (or - that one time - doing both at once), you can find him racing bicycles, or building furniture, or making music. In his spare time, he works for a large IT company.

    8 thoughts on “Building the New Fit RV Shop – Part 7: Moving Back In!

    1. Jim Neumeister

      What are the dimensions for your shop? Whatever it is sooner or later you’ll wish it was larger

      1. James - Post author

        I’m hoping so!
        My challenge now is figuring out how to anchor it to the floor. It’s not heavy enough!
        Every time I lean on the extension table, it rotates. (I’ve tried both on the wood flooring and on a rubber mat.)
        I called SawStop and asked them if they had an IM-mobile base for their saw… lol.
        Sadly, they don’t, so I have to figure something out.

    2. Ivan Y

      Even before I saw the blog post, I couldn’t help but notice the video’s undercurrent of your valiant effort to not lose it over the clutter.

      I sympathize – I often am in the same situation. Suddenly, out of the blue, the family sees me having a cow over stuff left on flat surfaces, etc..

      1. James - Post author

        You get me.
        (I’ve often thought of removing flat surfaces just for the purpose of not giving someone a place to set things down where they don’t belong and create clutter.)

    3. Nathan P Anton

      Is it just me or have you been going a bit overboard on the chest workouts?

      Also, the shop is starting to look great! those ‘posts’ turned out really nice.


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