Work Station 201

I have been without my computer for three days! It had an “emergency” doctors appointment so I am sorry for the lack of posts.

I wanted to follow up on the popular “Work Station 101” post. I shared how I was able to do multiple pieces in one batch and quickly.

In the first post of “Work Station 101” we talked about the first two steps I take.

Let’s review.

#1. Organize your pieces by how they are going to be painted.

#2. To organize your supplies. I keep mine handy on a rolling cart.

The cart seemed to be the pretty big focus, so I thought I would highlight the cart a little bit before I talk about the next two steps.

The cart was a “by accident” good idea. I purchased this cart originally for re-sale. Then one day I stacked a few things on it…rolled it out and “Wah lah”……I had a slap-my-forehead moment of, “Why in the world didn’t I do this sooner?”

And the cart has become a huge part to my productivity.

But let’s move forward to the next two steps.

Important note: I don’t really vary from this basic routine. I use this same method on every big project I tackle.

Move in steps. Treat the “whole” project as one item.

For example…the next two steps.

Step 3. Repairs and dis-assembly.

Go to each piece. Patch……

Take off drawer pulls. Fill holes. Glue legs. Do all the repairs at one time and take this time to take off hinges and drawer pulls.

Now, if you have an item that needs major repair, I wouldn’t put it in a batch of many pieces.

It will slow you down. We are talking about minor repairs.

After they are done. You are ready for the last step of this post.

#4. Sand down any patching and then wash all of your pieces inside and out.

This is important believe it or not.

I used to do this one by one. It is so much more time effective to clean everything in one swoop. By the time you are at the end, the first piece is dry.

I scrub them good. I use any cleaner I have on hand and a scrub brush and towel.

That simple.

So, your two steps for this post.

#3. Repair and dis-assemble. 
*patch, glue, take off hardware etc.

#4. Sand repairs and scrub and clean.

I could have broken those two steps into four but that is not necessary. I really treat each step like one. What do I mean? They require the same tools, so it is best to combine them. Sanding creates a mess that needs to be cleaned up…so it can go in the cleaning step. Repair requires tools, so it can be combined with dis-assembly.

It is just making the best use of your time.

I only had a four hour window yesterday and I had some “pretty intricate” (I can’t wait to show you!) pieces I needed to get out.

I was able to finish them all.

This is the before

And you will have to wait on the after.

: )

This is a work-station post people, not a transformation post!

: )

So, learn anything?

Bored to tears?

I will show you on the next work station post, how I wrap up the project and finally storage. We are tight on space. you might be surprised at how we store our pieces.

Do you have any particular questions?

If you have any short cuts please share! We all can learn from each other.

I can’t wait to hear from you!



Here are the links to my CL flipping series btw if you need them. 101, 201, 301 , 401 , 501.
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4 thoughts on “Work Station 201

  • June 9, 2012 at 12:39 pm

    Holy Smokes! And you get all this done in a day?????? Can’t wait to see what your next post in this series says. I may have to set up my own work station. And the rolling cart? GENIUS! No going back and forth to my supply cabinet. *Slapping self for not thinking of this* *Going on craigslist to look for a rolling cart* 😉

  • June 10, 2012 at 12:21 am

    This is a PERFECT tutorial for a beginner like me! I really like to have everything in one place and began using an old tool carrier which is easy to carry but getting kind of full. A rolling cart makes perfect sense! Now I have a list of supplies I should have on hand—already had a container of wipes and basic spray cleaner (+ of course my cell at the ready :)and a cup for my brushes. But doing the “grunt work” first makes total sense—I always want to jump in quick and need to be more patient in doing my prep work. Still learning when/how to sand, etc so I will need to purchase various levels of sanding blocks and also wood filler, etc. This is a great help to me! How about a basic tutorial about brushes—types, cleaning, storing?

  • June 10, 2012 at 5:06 am

    This has been a tremendous help to me. I’m just beginning to get my supplies together. The area in my garage is very small – so I definiely will be looking for a cart. I’m looking forward to your next post. Good instructions.

  • June 12, 2012 at 11:12 am

    For the free time impaired blogger this is invaluable! I just may be able to get through my stash of goodies this way! Love it!


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