Piddling around the shop thought process

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Blog entry by Rick M. posted 09-27-2015 12:23 AM 1362 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After running errands this morning I had a couple hours of shop time coming, here is how it went. To say I am easily distracted sometimes is a mild understatement.

I decide to build a place to hang spray bottles (cleaners, water, etc.) so I spy a piece of spare conduit from which I hacksaw a piece about 18” long. Pull a piece of 50+ year old Douglas fir from the scrap bucket and take it to the bandsaw. Hmmm, this bandsaw is rattling a bit, let me take a look. Thirty minutes later I’ve done a minor tune up on the bandsaw. I return to the D.fir. Wonder if my table saw miter gauge will fit this band saw, well it fits but is so tight it barely slides. Fifteen minutes later I’m done waxing the table and miter slot and the miter gauge is still too tight. Back to the scrap bucket where I find a piece of plastic just the right width for a runner so I look around for a piece of plywood. I realize I’ve gotten off track and return to work on the bottle hanger. I use the miter gauge anyway and finish the bottle hanger. To install it I move the drill press, then I have to sweep, then I start wondering about rearranging the shop and after about ten minutes of mentally rearranging the machines I spend 2 minutes to install the hanger. Grand total: 3 hrs for a 20 minute project.

After dinner I whipped together a small parts sled for the bandsaw. This saw is on indefinite loan, meaning the guy doesn’t want it and doesn’t want to sell it because it belonged to his dad, so I get indefinite use of it until he wants it back (which will probably be a long time as he has a shop full of nice new machines). The fence is a lie, it’s just sitting there for effect. Tomorrow I’ll affix a proper fence.


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#1 posted 09-27-2015 01:05 AM

Rick, Thanks for reminding me I’ve got to build a fence for resawing. I’ll have to get at it after this weekend.

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#2 posted 09-27-2015 03:26 AM

You hit the nail on the head with this. I’m sure we all had days like this when it seems you’re going backwards on a project. We need to add time for the bitch factor that can occur at any moment.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#3 posted 09-27-2015 03:41 AM

You know, thats funny. I went out to my shop intending to make knobs and totes for bench planes and spent two hours cleaning and an hour working on drawers to put in the lower part of my bandsaw stand. Just when i had everything figured out and was working towards my original goal, the wife informed me that my own three hours were up.

-- The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself. Benjamin Franklin

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#4 posted 09-28-2015 01:09 AM


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#5 posted 09-28-2015 09:08 AM

This happens to me a lot too. I call it ‘spot reprioritizing’. Having a name for it makes it sound more organized and intelligent.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#6 posted 09-28-2015 11:04 AM

I have the same problem. There is always small things that distract from a project.

-- "I love it when a plan comes together" John "Hannibal" Smith

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#7 posted 09-30-2015 12:29 AM

I’ll agree 100%

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#8 posted 09-30-2015 12:35 AM

This exactly why I took a week away from projects a while ago and just did piddly stuff, adjusting this, fixing that moving something else. he little odd bits add up and they eat away at my concentration. “Oh wait, I need to do that first.” “This would be easier if I had done that thing there…”

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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