JC4 Journal #5: "If cleanliness is next to godliness, then I'm giving those Greek cats a run for their money."

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Blog entry by JCMeyersIV posted 05-04-2013 01:35 AM 1081 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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Todays going to be short. Spending the evening with my lady.

Let face it. You and I arent so different. I mean deep down inside you dont want to admit it, we’re all the same. We all struggle to find a shop set up that its permanent. I’ve personally changed mine 4 or 5 times in the past year, and before that it was 3 or 4 times. I did it today AGAIN. It’s not that i love doing it, but every time i get a set up i like in a few days i think “this isnt going to work in the long run” and thats where i stood.

I need a better router table, i’m getting the Kreg one. I have a lift for it and all that, just waiting for the need for it. But alas, i know i need the space. Basically i used to have this giant cabinet and i didnt really think it out. it worked great for holding stuff, so that part of the design was a raving success. however, it was massive. Didint have many different places to put different things. It was essentially three big enclosed shelves. So I had it shoved up agains my back wall. I decided to buy some more shelf brackets (my dad already had those rail things there so it really was that easy) and put the cabinet outside to get a tan.

But i mean, seriously, it seems like a condition in woodworking. Professional or amateur, we all seem to be constantly rearranging our shops. I’m not sure how the rest of you feel about it, but to me its awesome for the first couple days and then its old hat and i think of something that needs to be changed. Some of it could be the sizes of our shops, though some people with bigger shops arrange theirs often too. Maybe its just because woodworkers by nature are detailed people and one thing can send us in a different direction with the layout or how things should go/work. I dont have a mortiser yet, plan on getting one very soon, but i know where its going!

So thats my insight on woodworking for one day. Let me know what you think about the shop arrangement subject, why do you think its so unavoidable? do you find yourself changing yours?

Just FYI my vote goes for new tools.

Have a good one folks!

-- John, NNY,

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#1 posted 05-04-2013 06:35 PM

These are the things that made me reconfigure my relatively small 220 sq.ft. shop:

1. The irritation factor. Inconvenient placement of machines and tools.
2. Difficult access to dust control.
3. Changing the kind of work I’m doing.
4. Keeping the shop clean (sweeping).

These are the main issues for me. Last month I changed my whole shop around for the first time about 10 years. I’m very happy with the present arrangement. All my major machines are now within easy reach of my vac hose and I now have a ‘clean area’ for designing, gluing, and scroll sawing. It is not perfect, but much better for the work I do now.

A changing workshop is not necessarily due to poor set-up. It is also evidence of evolution as a woodworker, and as such can be a positive sign of progress as a woodworker who is becoming tuned in to his needs.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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