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Forum topic by ClayandNancy posted 03-15-2010 07:44 PM 1311 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-15-2010 07:44 PM

Sometimes I feel like I spend more time building jigs and storage and other projects that are just to make life easier in the shop than woodworking projects; furniture, toys, whatever. Do any of you feel the same way?

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#1 posted 03-15-2010 08:19 PM

Absolutely!! I need more tools to build the jigs for my existing tools. But now I need to build a stand/storage area along with a nifty tool drawer to house the new tool parts. It is a never ending cycle. I say to myself “someday I’ll get to that entertainment table we’ve always wanted. Sigh…

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#2 posted 03-15-2010 08:42 PM

In my case, cabinet re-do and a china hutch…

Yeah, I know the feeling all too well…

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#3 posted 03-15-2010 08:52 PM

I’m just starting out and I already feel that way! I keep telling myself I need a minimum of shop tools, storage, ad jigs before embarking on the “important” and “expensive” (wood-wise) projects I have planned. It’s a dangerous cycle that afflicts many of us. At least the upside is that many end up with beautiful jigs and storage that could be furniture pieces IN many homes.

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#4 posted 03-15-2010 09:37 PM

I guess you could also count all the time spent on forums looking for the right jig, project, or tool review. lol But I do enjoy getting others feedback and seeing everyone else work.

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#5 posted 03-16-2010 01:15 PM

I know how you feel.. I have been trying to make it easier to use my equipment. I am just finishing making a miter saw stand I got the idea from the latest Shopnotes mag. It’s not nearly as fancy or big, it works for me. It’s kinda funny my neighbor keeps telling me that it will not be to long and I will have taken the whole garage over, and kick my wifes car out of her side of the garage. The stand is on her side LOL. Thats why I made if smaller than the one in the book, so she can still put her car in there.

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#6 posted 03-16-2010 01:58 PM

Yeah but…

Jigs make our lives both easier and safer! How can you put a price on either one of these two necessary items?

Some jigs, like miter gage fence stops, miter saw stops, crosscut and miter sleds, improved tapering jigs, board straightening jigs, planer sleds, etc. will get used on most projects.

And most jigs will pay for the time invested in them as you begin to make duplicate projects.

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#7 posted 03-16-2010 04:50 PM

I am just getting started and I feel as if all I do is make jigs and other things for the shop. I’m actually working on a bookcase and only making/buying things for the shop as they are needed, but there are so many things needed that it’s taking a while.

However, the more you get done, the more you find you can do. I suspect some of the professionals and veterans around here have so many jigs already made that this is less of a problem.

-- "We are what we repeatedly do; excellence then is not an act but a habit." ---Aristotle

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#8 posted 03-16-2010 05:01 PM

I figured I’d jump in with the complete opposite experience.

I just posted a forum last week about the efforts people put into their shop projects and why sometimes they fall short of the effort put into other projects. For me, shop projects always feel temporary, “Oh, I’ll make something better later but this will do for now”. Then, of course, I never do. The thing is I get really excited about things for the shop, it’s almost like getting a new tool. When I go to make it though, I end up rushing through it so I can get on with the actual project I need it for. Definitely something I need to work on.

-- Blair

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#9 posted 03-16-2010 05:22 PM

I might also add… Many (most) of my shop projects are skill builders, designed and executed with learning / polishing certain skills before taking them forward to actual projects that leave the shop.

Many of my projects are on the simple side, and I get to try things out n the shop. Who cares if I make a mistake dovetailing a pine drawer for a workbench? But QSRO costs quite a bit more, and drawers for LOMLs kitchen have to be perfect…

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#10 posted 03-16-2010 11:30 PM

Yes, I totally agree…but I don’t see the problem?

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