Sick of my shop!

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Blog entry by nobuckle posted 11-19-2010 01:21 AM 1551 reads 0 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Do you ever have those days when you spend all day in your shop and all you end up accomplishing is moving this over there and that over here? I’m so sick and tired of my shop I could scream. I’m in the process of finishing my router table/outfeed project. I need start making the fence and I’ve come up with a design that I thinlk will work. In order to cut some of the pieces to length I have to first make a crosscut sled. I’ve seen some that I like and I may take a little from each design. The immediate problem is creating the space I need to use my jointer. It used to sit next to my TS but that gave way to my new router table. I’m tired of having to jocky things around just so I can use my machines. I have got to get my shop together or I’m going to fall apart. Thanks for reading my rant.

-- Doug - Make an effort to live by the slogan "We try harder"

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#1 posted 11-19-2010 01:26 AM

I also have similar thoughts from time to time, but then remember how blessed I am to have what I have. There are probably millions who see us as incredibly rich.

-- Joe

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#2 posted 11-19-2010 02:24 AM

Learn to use Sketchup, and lay it out there in 3D before you start shoving things around. It really helped me get mine on the right track… (He says even though his shop remodel isn’t complete…)

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#3 posted 11-19-2010 02:53 AM

Nope. Sorry. I have to struggle for inspiration sometimes, but I’ve never gotten sick of my shop. As a matter of fact, even on my worst days, I’d rather be in my shop than anywhere else.
My opinion may have something to do though with the fact that sometimes my health prevents me from going to my shop for a week or more at a time. Therefore, I love being there when I can.


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#4 posted 11-19-2010 03:04 AM

We’re in the process of re-organizing our shop and it’s not easy. Moving heavy equipment and lots of tools and supplies around in a small area, one has to calculate what to move first and where so that you don’t keep re-moving it.

I just bought a dozen “end cap” heavy metal shelves from a grocery store that recently closed. The shelves are quite heavy, about 80lbs. and that’s without shelves. The shelves are adjustable and only 8-12” deep, 24” wide x 8 ft tall, so we have placed them around the perimeter of the shop and now need to organize the tools and supplies. This takes thought, time and energy which makes production come to a hault, but once done it will be a pleasure to not have to constantly shift projects and equipment around, especially with two people in the shop at the same time.

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#5 posted 11-19-2010 03:12 AM

Been there. Currently, we’re doing some pretty serious renovations on the 2nd floor, (to become an apartment, for ourselves) and we’ve got the shop going on the 1st floor. While there is a MEGA laundry list of things to do, working in a construction zone and trying to be productive in a shop is not fun, and the desire to get out of the building comes about every once in a while.

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#6 posted 11-19-2010 04:01 AM

I’m in the middle of a massive shop overhaul myself, because of exactly that.

you are not alone!

-- A woman's work is never done-but power tools help!

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#7 posted 11-19-2010 04:12 AM

The worst day in the shop is better than the best day at work. Well unless it is the same thing or your saving lives. I feel your pain though, I am learning to carve and it is not going well. I move my shop around all the time sometimes it can be a chore.

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#8 posted 11-19-2010 04:13 AM

I have a small shop and I have rebuilt it 4 times. Just look and you will see ways to improve the allotted area to better utilize the space. Don’t get mad, get glad.

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#9 posted 11-19-2010 04:20 AM

I have a tiny shop. Working on a large entertainment piece for an elderly couple (Didn’t want to say no)
I am going through what I call DOMINO days. Touch 1 thing and several others FALL. Annoying. Then I think back 1 1/2 year ago. I HAD NO SHOP, we lived in an apartment !

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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#10 posted 11-19-2010 05:59 AM

In a small shop, it has to be kept neat, clean and organized. All big equipment has to be on wheels so you can move a piece out when needed and moved back out of the way when not in use. I have a 10” table saw with 50” rip, 14” band saw, 17” drill press, 16 by32 drum sander, spindle/belt sander, 12” jointer/planer, 12” mitersaw, shaper and mortise machine in a 14 X 21. Every bit of space has to be used. I still need to build some cabinets for storage yet. Have fun!


-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#11 posted 11-19-2010 06:00 AM

I am always happy to be in my shop although it seems to be shrinking. I don’t have enough room to work so I might have to put cupboards on the walls and get rid of my shelves and do some rearranging. Shop is getting too dusty although I run the dust collector with a micron bag.

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#12 posted 11-19-2010 06:19 AM

i would die for a 4’ x 4’ unheated workshop on tropical beach

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#13 posted 11-19-2010 12:53 PM

I think we all go through this at one time or another. I don’t have a small shop compared to many of the other LJ’s here. I’m always trying to figure out to get more room to work in the shopI had my planer, and my miter saw on different setups. The other day I took the mitersaw station apart. I decided to build the planer and mitersaw station that flips over to use either one. It is in The complete small shop. It has given me a lot of room.

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#14 posted 11-19-2010 01:49 PM

The bigger the shop the less fun it is to do woodworking because you have to work harder and faster to pay for that space. It becomes a chore. I miss the days I had a two car garage for a shop. Remember the bigger the shop the more you pack into it.

-- Have a great day.

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#15 posted 11-19-2010 02:02 PM

Days like this it is good to give yourself a small project while tidying the shop.
Turn a simple item on the lathe.
That brings the fun back into it.
Or just go through LJ’s post until the moment passes.

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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