This is a really quick primer: NOT. Time efficiency is an important part of anything we do. Your success WILL BE determined by the time you have to spend looking for sh—, I mean, stuff. This is true not only for your own progress, but even more importantly when working with another person, or team or crew or group or whatever. Everything must have a place. Where is your time spent? Let me share some of my success in the workshop with you.
When I have a place for everything it is easier to stay focused on the tasks. Ease of consistent access to common tools and supplies, such as drills, bits, screws, sandpaper, pencils and notebooks, etc. is primary; those are items used on a regular basis: ALWAYS .
Second, not so common but often used items like jigs, extension supports or routers should also be easily accessible yet have a home away from the working area, not on the table, in the walkways, etc. When using vertical space, small custom-made racks, shelves or cabinets need not be enormous in size, but must be able to bear the size and the weight of the items to be placed upon them. You will, in time, upgrade your working environment. There is nothing like that personal touch!
Everyone, including me, gets the best my team and I can deliver. Being organized allows us to perform at such high standards and being able to perform like that is awesome.
Utilizing your space for more than one process at a time is also to be of focus. Constructing large cabinets hogs up an exorbitant amount of useable cubic feet. It is imperative that we keep our “Finished Worx Department” away from our unfinished processes…
Short and sweet, those are just a couple of the working characteristics of our workshop. I was going to include a few photos with this report, but I decided to just let you use your own imagination for your own operation. Yours will be yours, not mine. We don’t try to work with what we need; it’s not there. We work with what we have; it is all ready for adaptation and active use.
My goal is to assure that any project will flow more easily than what it would have if just initiated with wing it with everything scattered about.
-- No matter how many factors go into thinking about a project, there is always one important new discovery to be made.