Tool thoughts #30: Suffering from 'what-next?'-itis... time for a shop cleaning update

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Blog entry by NedB posted 08-13-2012 05:44 PM 1640 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Here I am about a month into my shop renovation and clearing… and I find myself in a bit of a quandry:

What should I do or build ‘next’?

I’ve got ‘all’ of the major tools at least marginally functional now, but I keep thinking of new ‘aha, that would be cool’ projects. that keep popping up.

for example, I just got my lathe area in ‘order’. OK, that’s nice, but now I’m thinking there are more ‘organization’ talks I need to do. My workbench is full of clutter, and I don’t really have a good place to put most of it. I have a stalled project piled up on top of my newfangled bench… because I need to pick up some more wood for some critical parts so I can finish the jakes’ chairs.

I think what I’m going to do today is clear the decks… the stuff on my workbench AND the parts for the jakes’ chairs are all going to be stowed away. If I get those done, I’m going to reward myself by building a quick box or two just for the pleasure of a quick finished project.

-- Ned - 2B1ASK1

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#1 posted 08-13-2012 07:22 PM

When i get stuck or overwhelkmed i clean up the shop, it tends to clear the ole noggin out a bit.

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#2 posted 08-13-2012 08:28 PM

Best of luck with putting your creative energies into work :)

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#3 posted 08-14-2012 08:39 AM

thanks, I did manage to clear the benchtop… but not the workbench (two different surfaces…)

That being said, I didn’t get to start the boxes, but I did get things more organized. Think I’m going to put on a pot of coffee and then go rummage around out there in a few minutes

-- Ned - 2B1ASK1

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