My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #228: The Final Pictures

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 01-17-2011 02:01 PM 3810 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 227: "The Project" Completed :) Part 228 of My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond series Part 229: Preparation is the Key »

Yesterday I spent the day “putzing around”. It isn’t often that I can say that. I did a lot of fine tuning and mundane cleaning and I even made a pot of soup but I didn’t really even feel like doing much at all.

Oh well, it was Sunday and I think we all have those days once in a while.

It was good to have the house back in order. I wound up sorting through the one closet that was yet left untouched by the massive organization – the front coat closet and also the one cabinet in the kitchen where I keep some of my painting supplies. I couldn’t help it and thought ‘why not?’ as long as everything was in order.

By the time I was finished with all of that, it was about three and I had a load of emails to respond to. I picked around with that for the remainder of the evening and then read some.

It was an odd feeling for me not to want to ‘do’ anything. I kind of wanted to paint, but I didn’t know what to begin. In sorting through and looking at the many painting books that I have, I almost started a new project from one of them, but I know I have my own ideas and really should be designing my own stuff. I didn’t want to get involved with a new project that would take me away from my own stuff.

I didn’t even go for my daily walk. It just felt kind of good to mill around and do just about nothing. Did you ever have those days?

I did take the final pictures of the cabinets and also the other places that were woodworking related and got organized as promised. It does feel really good to be at this point right now. I am pretty good at putting stuff back where it belongs and keeping things in order once they are organized. I suppose it was a matter of just getting there in the first place.

Here is a picture of the cabinet that my scroll saw holds clamps, sandpaper, glue and some specialty finishes. The drawers hold my scroll saw blades and bits and different tape I use in setting up pieces for sawing:

From "The Project"

Notice the extra room? We also have a cabinet that can go over the scroll saw that we are going to probably put up in the next week. It needs to be painted white to match the rest of the cabinets and will be a great place to store blades and more stuff.

To the left of the saw is a closet. It holds our longer boards and also smaller and thin pieces on the shelves. It used to also hold the office supplies that are now in the new cabinet, but it was quite overcrowded. We can now see almost every piece of wood there and everything is easily accessible:

From "The Project"

The second closet is the same size and holds the many different lines of paint that I use in my work and designing. The bottom two shelves are used as a pantry. I didn’t think you needed a picture of that.

This is the third closet down the hallway. On the floor we keep the miter saw. We are going to build a rolling stand for it to move it easily outside when we use it. Above that are basic hand tools and also the router, Dremel, hand drills and small circular saw. The top shelf holds mainly painting supplies and varnishes and finishing products.

From "The Project"

This cabinet is on one wall of the bedroom. All this wood is anywhere from 1/4 – 3/4” thick and about 3 foot in length. This is the kind of wood we use for most of our projects. Much of this used to be piled on the floor, but is now all sorted and easily accessible. We keep some old weights on the boards to keep them from twisting. Inside the cabinet is my box of stains and some wooden painting surfaces for my decorative painting, and also my shipping supplies and scale. The two drawers are empty right now.

From "The Project"

We recycled the old TV stand and used it in the bedroom for storing additional smaller thin wood. It is great for small pieces.

From "The Project"

And finally the finished cabinets with the doors on. All I need to do is put up the curtains and it will look like a home again.

From "The Project"

My books and magazines fill the cabinets that are in the bathroom (there were pictures of them on the previous blog). And every cabinet has room for additional stuff, which means I have some room to ‘grow’ if I need to. (More tools!)

It took a total of five days to get everything done from start to finish. I think that it is time very well spent. Not only is my working and living environment organized and clean, but it is a very beautiful and pleasant place to be creative.

Today will be back to designing, as the next deadlines are looming. I am ready to switch gears though, and look forward to getting back to being productive. As I said before, its a great way to start the new year.

Thanks for all the great encouragement along the way. I hope I inspired you all just a little and showed you that you don’t need to have a lot of space to make a functional and productive work environment.

Have a great Monday!

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#1 posted 01-17-2011 02:35 PM

hey Sheila that looks very well with doors on :-)
nice to see you recycled the old cabinet – had thought about it but I gesst you hadn´t room enoff :-)
nice workspace …but way too organist…..LOL
although I wish I had some disiplin to do just alittle like that ….as it is now my space
is just one big cluttered pile….nearly :-(

great blog Sheila ,have a great day yourself


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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#2 posted 01-17-2011 02:44 PM

Thanks, Dennis! I suppose once we got started I just got the mindset that the rest of the week would be dedicated to this. You know me well enough to know that this wasn’t easy for me to do (not do my regular work!) but once I told myself that it was the way it was going to be, I was able to deal with it very well, without anxiety over not doing my ‘regular’ job. It actually was kind of fun and it certainly is rewarding.

I suppose I get kind of crazy once I get going sorting things. :) It is very gratifying to get rid of stuff you don’t use or need and nothing beats having a clean and organized work space. I wish I could come and help you!


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#3 posted 01-17-2011 03:09 PM

thank´s Sheila but I think most of the reason why its so cluttered ( the way the basement is now is a real blocker to the mind ) is that two years ago we put the house on the market and thought it wuold be sold
in a few month …........yaah right :-( the same week started the global crise
but since I know how long it take to pack a shop down I did it then , and after that every time ..nearly when
I wanted to make something the tools just never hit the right place again always seems to
end in the wrong box so it take forever to find things now = lesser time to work and my free time is very limit
do mto long workweeks :-(....welll that how it is for now ….....I realy look forward to a new place
and a deasen workshop the shop in this house never got in first gear at all becourse nearly every year
we had made some restore/refurb work beside I was selfemployd and other difficult times in the fammely
but when we move the first thing that is going to be made before anything ells , is a real shop….
that´s for sure one thing I have learned over the years …......I´m very tired of making everything on the floor,
my knee can´t take it …lol
a real shop wuold be the same as hit the lotto bigtime :-)

take care

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#4 posted 01-17-2011 06:16 PM

Good to see the doors on and you, more or less, sorted out. Very comprehensive storage and stylish too. You’ve inspired me to re-organise the shop (well eventually). Also, I must get a display cabinet together. We are starting to disappear under all these boxes I keep making.

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

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#5 posted 01-17-2011 06:22 PM

Pictures, Pictures, Martyn!! Remember to take ‘before’ and ‘after’ ones and perhaps share with us. That way we can all cheer you on as you organize! :)

I found that once making the commitment and posting it here, there was no turning back without being publicly humiliated. (See, I find ways to force myself to do these things, it isn’t just because I am sadistic!)

As for those pesky boxes you have lying around – you may notice from the pictures that I have plenty of room to store them here for you if you want to send a few over. :)

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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