Some questions like Jim’s recent one about the need for plans and the ensuing discussion gave a lot of insight into how different folks approach the subject. With every workshop being unique to it’s owner, I thought it might be interesting to discuss and maybe get a new perspective on the problems we encounter in the shop on a daily basis, and see if there is any commonality.
One thing I have found is, that while one person may be struggling with a certain problem in the shop, others might have a different approach which is better.
I know a lot of people think their shops are too small and they probably don’t like to clean them up and put everything in it’s proper place. These of course are legitimate complaints, but I wonder if there are other problems and if there are good solutions to them.
My own shop problems
I actually have more than enough space for the small projects I am now doing. One big problem I have is all the cut-offs that seem to multiply exponentially even when I’m doing something small. I have a big scrap box, but no matter how often I empty it, it always seems full. A lot of the scraps could be useful, but when I need them they are usually at the bottom of the pile and I can’t get at them. This may not seem like a big problem, but I find it extremely irritating and I haven’t yet found a good solution. No matter how I stack them the cut-off always wind up in a mess.
-- Mike, American in Norway The four steps towards competency: 1. unconscious incompetence, 2. conscious incompetence, 3. conscious competence, 4. unconscious competence