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Forum topic by Clarkie posted 09-14-2015 01:10 AM 755 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-14-2015 01:10 AM

Hey guys, been looking around a lot lately at what I guess I would say are “specialty shops”. You know the men and women who do just one or two things, but do them well. They have floor space and are able to move around their shops with ease. I on the other hand have always had a shortage of floor space and too many tools or machines, just in case a job comes along that I would use an extra band saw for. So, lately I have been having thoughts of just getting rid of the extras and start to focus in on one or two things that I like to do, such as shaker boxes and toys, maybe a cabinet every now and then. Just think it would be nice to just walk around in a spacious and dedicated shop before I quit having so much fun woodworking. What are your thoughts?

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#1 posted 09-14-2015 01:31 AM

There is something to be said for having more tools should the need arise. But then again there’s something to be said for trimming the fat and keeping only that you’re sure you’ll need, freeing up a little capital and floor space at the same time. I personally have a hard time letting anything go. If you’ve got something you’re on the fence about getting rid of, advertise it for a price higher than you know you should. You never know, it might be just what someone else is looking for.

-- "Lack of effort will result in failure with amazing predictability" - Me

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#2 posted 09-14-2015 01:35 AM

Hey Bigblock, I agree, seems like it would be nice to just settle in on a few things and the worst part is letting go of the tools that have been with you for so long. The urge for a more organized shop is gaining ground though.

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#3 posted 09-14-2015 04:12 AM

I hate letting anything go. As soon as I do, I wish I had it ;-) Of course that means too much stuff, too little space, but more space just means more stuff; therefore no net gain.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#4 posted 09-14-2015 05:01 AM

But Clarkie you do that then you get stuck in a rut doing the same darn thing over and over again. Basically assembly line stuff. If that’s what you want, go buy a robot to do the work for you. You being the kind of guy you are you need the challenge of a new project, something new or different. If your worried about the clutter hire a couple of numbskull kids to clean up your shop for a weekend or two. Do that and you can wlak around in the cleaned up shop. You know why, you been to busy working to clean it up!!

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#5 posted 09-14-2015 11:47 AM

I would re-think what you are doing. First thing you get rid off will be the ONE that you used to use the MOST !
I am living in apartment for past year. NO shop, everything stored away somewhere, when I want to do even a simple job in apartment, it doesnt happen, Last week wife called landlord to fix a drippy bathtub faucet ??
That is just not ME !

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

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#6 posted 09-14-2015 12:30 PM

Hey Burly, I understand your thought, but the reason for doing just one or two things is because it seems I can only spend a couple hours at a time in the shop. My joints are complaining much more these days, and I seem to be agreeing with them, lol. I usually clean the shop every 6 or 7 months, just so I feel I have more room, move machines around and think to myself the shop is much bigger, lol. The ability to move stuff around is becoming more of a problem lately, and that’s why I’m thinking about down sizing. Thank you guys for reminding me of the need for a shop full of tools and the desire to work with wood will never subside. It’s great to get so much support from the men and women who love this trade. Have fun, make some dust. Plus Burly, I dunno any numbskull kids willing to work 2 days in a row.

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