Shop Shifting #1: Evolving shop needs create projects

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Blog entry by sras posted 01-01-2013 07:53 PM 1328 reads 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I’m going to use this blog to track the changes I make to my shop. It seems like this is going to be a better method rather than updating my shop page .

Also, several of my projects are related to my shop and it will provide some context.

First up is a change to my wood storage. Here is the “before” set up.

You’ll notice that I had to reinforce the supports with some plywood braces to carry weight.

The motivation resulted from a conversation at work. A good friend had some lumber in his barn that had sat for several years and he needed it gone. Turns out it was half a pickup truckload!!

There was maple, cherry, walnut, and even a plank of lacewood. The lumber rack looked well stocked after unloading.

The new supply included a good quantity of cutoffs and short pieces. When that got added to my current inventory, I had an oversupply.

One option would be to burn it – but that was not really an option. So, I needed some organization. An additional plus is that I get to use up some scrap sheet stock! I just designed as I went on this one – adjusting for the material I had on hand and the space available.

A simple weekend project gave me a lot more storage for those shorter pieces.

As time has passes, I still collect short stock faster than I use it up. The bins are close to full now. Time to make some cutting boards I guess ;)

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#1 posted 01-01-2013 08:00 PM

Oh yes. Looks like a gr8 re-oranizing start.

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

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#2 posted 01-01-2013 08:03 PM

Looking good there Steve…...there is no end to the re-org…....

For Christmas (or so I say) I got a mini CNC router, and now I can’t find any small scraps in the shop anymore…...they all get carved….. :)

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#3 posted 01-01-2013 08:05 PM

Nice solution Steve and a great haul too! I get tired just thinking about all those small cut-offs that I seem totally incapable of throwing away but which I seldom use. The best help for this problem in my case might be psychiatry rather than additional storage.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#4 posted 01-01-2013 08:20 PM

Reorganizing is a great way to find stuff for those smaller projects!

-- Folly ever comes cloaked in opportunity!

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#5 posted 01-01-2013 08:28 PM

Thanks guys I’m finding that the shelves work better than the drawers – easier to look at what is there, but a drawer is still needed for the smaller stuff.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#6 posted 01-01-2013 09:48 PM

Good try Steve, but you really can’t win in the long run.
Avoiding losing for a while longer is the best we can hope for until we can devise a way to leave large scraps when we cut small pieces.
How hard can it be?
It works so easily the other way around.

Good try though…... seriously. :-)

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#7 posted 01-01-2013 09:52 PM

Nice! Thanks for the idea- sure beats the heck out of the cardboard boxes I’m using.

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

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#8 posted 01-01-2013 10:48 PM

You’re right Paul – But I got to enjoy the illusion for more than a year!!

Lew – I have not got rid of the card board boxes either – but I have fewer of them!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#9 posted 01-01-2013 11:00 PM

Looks good Steve, I recently reorganized my shop and had to lose a workbench (moved to the garage) to make room for a lathe that I found on Craig’s list, had to have it!


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Jamie Speirs

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#10 posted 01-01-2013 11:05 PM

Steve a great effort in reorganising
Strange how it can take hours to tidy and
minutes to get back, in my case anyway. :)
Still I’ve been tidying all day and I seem to be in
a bigger mess than I started.


-- 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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#11 posted 01-01-2013 11:46 PM

Thanks Paul – It is always worth the effort for a new tool!

I know what you mean Jamie – It is still a good day in the shop!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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