The Rebuild #2: Temporary work space

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Blog entry by Monte Pittman posted 02-06-2014 04:33 AM 1729 reads 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Out with the burned, in with the blue Part 2 of The Rebuild series Part 3: on a cold day »

Tomorrow I want all of you to go stand in your shop and realize how lucky you are to have it. Regardless what type of shoo you have, it’s your domain. It’s set up the way you like it. It doesn’t matter if anyone else even likes the way your shop is organized. It only matters to you.

I am currently working out of my brothers furniture restoration shop. He does an awesome job of restoring all types of furniture. I thank him dearly for sharing. He does have a lot of nice equipment. The problem is, it’s not my shop, it’s not my equipment and it’s not set up the way that is comfortable for me to work. I want 10 to 12 foot ceilings. His are 8. It is very difficult to work with very long stock. Not a problem for him, big problem for me. His wood shop section is relatively small. Most of his space is dedicated to upholstery work.

Again, I am extremely thankful that he is letting me work there, but man I miss my own shop. The saying about “you don’t appreciate what you have till it’s gone”. It couldn’t be more true. It certainly doesn’t compare to the death of a loved one, does it?

But as I get all the paperwork taken care of so that I can get on with life, I am slowly getting things working again. In time I will have a new domain. And every day i will be thankful and much more careful to take care of that part of my life.

Thanks for reading

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#1 posted 02-06-2014 04:37 AM

well you have not told us what you plan to build…is there a reason for that or dont you know what your going to do yet….we sure would like to know…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#2 posted 02-06-2014 05:06 AM

I have a lot of sympathy for what you are going through Monte…a lot of crap to put up with..Before you know it, however, you will have your new dream shop and the bad luck will just be a distant memory…Keep moving ahead…

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Monte Pittman

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#3 posted 02-06-2014 05:08 AM

The final decision has not been made on what kind of shop will be built. The mortgage company and I have a different opinion on the matter. I will let you know when I know.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#4 posted 02-06-2014 05:11 AM


I do that now except when I’m bitching about how I didn’t think ahead. Woulda, shoulda, coulda?

It’s a great loss, and painful but it will be a joy realized. Meanwhile you are lucky to have a place to work?

Take care of everything! One step at a time. With all your hindsight you can walk backwards!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#5 posted 02-06-2014 05:15 AM

I am sure I understand your point.
I had the privilege to work in my father shop only once ( he never want me in his shop fearing I will shop a digit). I realized quickly how much I missed mine.

I will happen Monte, hopefully the paperwork does not drive you crazy before then.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#6 posted 02-06-2014 01:15 PM

Always nice to hear your positive thoughts Monte. Wish you a happy and speedy shop & equipment recovery.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#7 posted 02-06-2014 01:54 PM

Monte, as you say, we should realize what we have. When I walk into my shop I feel lucky that I have a place to go and enjoy what I like doing. Sure I would like to have a bigger this or a better that, but this is what I have. And again I could build a big shop and buy a bunch of fancy tools but there are other things in life to take care of. So I’m happy with what I have and little by little improve on the material things. And it’s still my dream.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#8 posted 02-06-2014 05:35 PM

Hi monte,
Well I’m glad that you have a place to work, been watching the weather for So. Dakota, Brrrr.
I have been in cramped quarters many times in the past, so I truly understand your frustration. But given your tenacity, you will do well in the end.

As I built my new shop this past year, I thought I had all the bases covered; thought about where everything would fit, where the outlets should be placed and all that … The things I did right were, the 10’ ceilings and the sky lights and lots of white paint … I have rearranged the shop twice now, and see more improvements ahead.
Some day it will evolve into the perfect shop for me.

Every day before I start work I have a short prayer of thankfulness.

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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#9 posted 02-06-2014 10:18 PM

Monte, I hope you can get started on the building, real soon. It’s gotta be a bit frustrating.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#10 posted 02-06-2014 10:38 PM

You’re so right, Monte. I am exceedingly glad and thankful that I have a shop even though it’s a converted 2-car garage. It’s not enough that I can set up dedicated separate areas for sawing (table, band and scroll), wood burning, carving, set up table, painting, etc. So everything is on wheels and it takes a lot of juggling around, plugging, unplugging to get set up in the morning and same thing only in reverse when I’m done. Maybe someday, just maybe – - i’d have a large enough shop where I wouldn’t have to move some of the stuff out on to the driveway and play musical equipment and can just walk away at the end of the day and not have to re-arrange everything. It may sound like I’m complaining, but I am not. I am truly thankful that I have what I do and physically able to still do a lot. I also don’t forget to thank the Lord for His many blessings – large and small. I wish you the best on your dream shop, Monte.

-- LittlePAW - The sweetest sound in my shop, next to Mozart, is what a hand plane makes slicing a ribbon.

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#11 posted 02-06-2014 10:50 PM

I have the SMALLEST feeling of what you’re going thru (not that I had a total loss) but that I left Tennessee where I had a 30 X 40’ shop, and here in Georgia I have everything STUFFED into a plywood “box” storage that’s about 11’ X 20’. I can open the door and ALMOST step inside. I’m hoping and praying that I can build a new shop this spring.

Keep the faith Buddy. You have a great positive attitude and I’m sure you’ll be up and at’em soon

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#12 posted 02-07-2014 12:19 AM

Monte, Thanks for the little reminder. Learning how to best utilize the space that you have is one of the greatest challenges sometimes. But the space is ours and that is what counts.
I am glad to hear you have a temporary place to get some work done and you can prepare for some upcoming shows there. Looking forward to seeing what your new shop is going to be like, hope you and the mortgage company can come to a mutual agreement.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#13 posted 02-07-2014 01:37 AM

I know the timing sucks. Between the weather, the bank, and the insurance company…nothing will happen fast enough but just keep telling yourself how nice the new shop/tools will be.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#14 posted 02-08-2014 04:02 AM

Hang in there Monte, before you know it, you will be going again.

-- Bob in Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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