Shop Projects #3: Shop Evolution...

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Blog entry by littlecope posted 02-11-2011 11:02 PM 1286 reads 1 time favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I’ve got a small shop…
Personally, if I had unlimited resources, I would still work in a small area… it’s simply less steps. But it seems like lately my small space has been shrinking… Wood finds and gifts, new machinery, and it is after all, the overflow room of my apartment…
Recently, I’ve been of a mind to clean it and re-organize, but it’s a daunting task at this point… a rare, “I don’t even know where to begin” type of thing… “Begin at the beginning!” you’d say, right? But it’s not clear to me where that is anymore and, for once, I don’t have a “Vision” of what I want to reach for…
But yesterday I was sure of a couple of things… I’ve had this old Craftsmen “Scroll Saw” sort of thing that hasn’t been used for years now, and it was only marginally useful to begin with… It’s not easy for me to throw things away, but out the door it went!!"Old Thumper"
I saved the motor (it works like a charm) and the roll-around that it was on. That was something I threw together 8-9 years ago, from a thick slab of pine my Brother gave me and an old hospital IV stand that someone had thrown away…The Roll-a-round...
I cut the upright of the IV stand with a pipe cutter down to about 2” and drilled a hole through the pine… simple…
It looks like it’s crooked on the wheels, but I determined the center of gravity of the slab by balancing it on a baseball on the floor… and drilled the hole where it balanced… that actually worked pretty well, it’s very stable…
With that “Platform” clear, it was on to step two…
When I got my jointer, I was a very happy Woodworker!! I mounted it the day I got it onto the old bureau I refer to as a “Bench”...Jointer mounted on bench...
Well, truth be told, it’s the handiest machine in the world… when I need it… but I don’t use it enough to have it be a “Permanent” fixture on the bench…
I’ll bet you can guess where this is going!! That’s right!!
Ladies and Gentlemen, I present to you the Rolling Jointer!! LOLJointer on Wheels
It fits right into the slot recently vacated by that “Boat Anchor” of a saw…Jointer's new home... When I need to use it, I’ll just roll it out, put a scrap of angle iron V-up in front of the wheels (to chock it), hook up the vacuum, and I’ll be good to go!!
And the best part is…I've got my "Bench" back!!!
I’ve got my bench back!!! :)

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#1 posted 02-11-2011 11:32 PM

I have that same jointer (except with a Sunhill label on it), and love it. I must say though, there is no way I could use it that close to the floor. Too many back problems to stoop that far!

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#2 posted 02-12-2011 12:13 AM

I wholeheartedly agree with you, Mike. Having put wheels on my planer its a lot easier to use both it and the space it normally occupies (for other things). Good idea. This shop re-organisation and optimisation idea could catch on.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#3 posted 02-12-2011 12:42 AM

Every time I re-organize, I lose a bunch of stuff… I just can’t seem to find it afterwards!
Your shop looks fine… if you can produce those great projects, you are doing something right, Mike!

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#4 posted 02-12-2011 01:37 AM

I’ll Agree with you that as long as you have the space to move within the shop small is less steps

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of all inventions

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#5 posted 02-12-2011 02:23 AM

that was a great start Mike
ceep up the thinking and
before you know it you will have the half of the room back
to move around in and work ….LOL
I have just made the same with my pile of movingbox┬┤s
with tools in and now I can see the floor again….LOL

take care

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#6 posted 02-12-2011 03:36 AM

For not having a clear vision, Mike, it sure turned out OK!


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#7 posted 02-12-2011 03:53 AM

Well done Mike! I know that the shop never really finishes changing, growing, or evolving, so what is the next phase? Keep it up man!

-- christopheralan

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#8 posted 02-12-2011 11:02 AM

Although it looks like I made progress, that’s only one wall of the room!! The other three walls can’t be seen, with all of the stuff that’s piled up…
I’ve got a long way to go… and there’s still a Bandsaw sitting and waiting at my folk’s house, until I find some space for it… Maybe I’ll put it in the Living Room…??? :)

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#9 posted 02-12-2011 11:39 AM

Well done Mike. You’re off to a good start with 25% of the job finished already. Just keep taking those small steps and you’ll be done before you know it. I like your idea about the bandsaw in the living room, it’s just that my wife wouldn’t appreciate it much, lol.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#10 posted 02-13-2011 12:00 AM

Yes I know, each hole in my workshop have a purpose. And tools seems to grow.
Nice work.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#11 posted 02-13-2011 03:30 AM

I agree with Ellen. i know where everything is in a clutter. Can’t find anythning after organization ;-)) hope yoido better than I do Mike!! ;-))

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#12 posted 02-14-2011 03:44 AM

Well, I’ve had to muster the energy to move my whole shop. The landlord

told me no more wood working on the premise. So Mike, I’ve been spending

days packing up my shop. I have rented a house but wont be moved in until

mid March. I ‘ve been wondering where to begin for a month???? Right now

my shop is empty except for the tools that are to big to move by myself…..


-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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#13 posted 03-05-2011 02:55 PM

How’s the shop progress coming Mike? It looks like you got off to a good start. Look forward to seeing more.

-- Brad, Oregon- The things that come to those who wait, may be the things left by those who got there first.

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