i don’t own a shop. while, eventually i will have one, i don’t currently have a shop. so, in order for me to get some woodworking done i rent time at a local shop, and up until lately that has not been a problem. i go in on saturdays and do my thing for a couple hours, put my project up on an out of the way shelf (i always use the same shelf), pay and head home. all is well and fine and has been for the past year and a half.
i am currently working on a box with a curved base. the plans look great as does the box itself (so far). unfortunately, before i glued up the box an instructor (who shall remain nameless) decided that the beautiful highly-figured wood i had ready and sitting with my project (on the shelf) would make better scrap than my top. so i had to figure out a new top. and remake a new top completely altering my original design. i was a little pissed at that, but okay, maybe it was an accident.
so i glue the box up and cut the piece i am going to use for the base. when i get ready to leave, everything is stacked up on the shelf, box on top of base piece and that on top of my folded up plans and that on top of the walnut i cut the base piece off of (not a large piece) for the next time. unfortunately, this was around christmas so i knew i wouldn’t be able to come in for 2 weekends.
so i asked if it would be okay to leave my stuff where it was…on the self, stacked up neatly, whichi have been using for over a year with no problems. i was told it would be fine by another instructor, and i went on my merry x-mas way. when i got back from my parents and went into the shop on saturday, my project, wood and plans were gone. the saturday instructor found my box, but everything else was thrown out. completely GONE. so i had to buy MORE wood for the base. i know the instructor who threw out my wood, and he knows i am in there saturdays. hell, he taught me in my first ever class. i even showed him the box and plans at one point. so he knew what he was doing, and instead of saying, please move your project to another shelf, he threw out my wood and plans.
i am more than a little pissed about this and needed to vent a little…...what would you guys have done in this situation?