A Strategy for Woodworking #48: My Transmutable Bench

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Blog entry by Gary Rogowski posted 04-27-2015 03:26 PM 1280 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 47: Worth Doing Well Part 48 of A Strategy for Woodworking series Part 49: My Transmutable Bench »

´╗┐In the middle of a storm, commonplace things change. My bench for instance. When building a piece for a deadline, my recognizable bench becomes a place of chaos, a haven for every tool, every piece of scrap wood, for every note and drawing, dull tool, and a ready to hand assortment of screws and sandpaper, most of which I will not use. A place for everyone and everything. Emptying it will take days. It becomes not just a symbol of my own tumult. It is a signal of the state of my mind. Seemingly hundreds of items collect across it at once and I am able mostly, if no one disturbs the clutter, to find the things I need in order to build. But it is transformed before my eyes. It is a tableau of my life, of my mind. It is stunning and I say it is a sign of intelligence with so many “ideas” strewn about.

You on the other hand may find it vaguely recognizable if true.

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#1 posted 04-27-2015 03:39 PM

Sounds like my whole Workshop!

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#2 posted 04-27-2015 05:50 PM

The photo looks better than after I have cleaned up. I like the dusty planes under the bench, it’s a nice touch!

-- Jim, Marostica Italy

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#3 posted 04-27-2015 06:07 PM

My shop and my office where I see people are the only places I stop and clean up. Sometimes I get too involved and forget to look at the clock to meet my other commitments. When working on an outdoor rehab project I just put the stuff partially away. Eventually my bench and shop become as you describe. I hate maintenance, but I equally despise the danger of not reorganizing my shop.

It’s organized and generalized. Oh yeah I often cannot remember where I put that piece,part or tool. Which is why I have a minimum of two of everything…LOL! And I still cannot find it when I need it!

So Gary, I think it may be true for us all?

Thanks for your thoughts and woodworking wisdom.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#4 posted 04-28-2015 12:19 PM

lol. Funny the mess becomes a work of art..

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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