No Southern-fried Southern boy wants to be called a Yankee, but we share the characteristics of shrewdness and thrift. Thus, each month we include a money-saving tip. It’s OK if you call me “cheap.”
To make the most of the light fixtures installed, almost everything in my shop is white, or very light-colored. I purchased white pegboard, which cost more initially, but saved a ton of time and mess compared to painting natural, dark brown pegboard and dealing with the inevitable runs as paint drips from the peg holes. When we first moved to this home on the bayou, bass fishing was my number one hobby, and I never intended to get so heavy into woodworking and furniture-making, much less having virtual visitors in my shop. If I’d known, I might have put a white ceiling in before installing the lights.
Wooden tool cabinets are either painted white or finished in their natural, light wooden color.
Even in areas where there is no wall-covering, I’ve lightened up the decor by painting natural-color studs with leftover white paint when working out brushes and rollers.
Jim Randolph is a veterinarian in Long Beach, Mississippi. His earlier careers as lawn mower, dairy farmer, automobile mechanic, microwave communications electronics instructor and journeyman carpenter all influence his approach to woodworking. His favorite projects are furniture built for his wife, Brenda, and for their children and grandchildren. His and Brenda’s home, nicknamed Sticks-In-The-Mud, is built on pilings (sticks) near the wetlands (mud) on a bayou off Jourdan River. His shop is in the lower level of their home. Questions and comments on woodworking may be written below in the comments section. Questions about pet care should be directed to his blog on pet care, www.MyPetsDoctor.com. We regret that, because of high volume, not all inquiries can be answered personally.