Shop Evolution #1: Distractions...

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Blog entry by JJones98042 posted 11-05-2012 02:24 PM 4839 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I had originally started this blog to document the progress of my new shop and its evolution from a “room with tools” to a fully featured, organized and outfitted shop space. We finished the interior and built the “outter room” for the compressor and cyclone. Now its just a matter of building all the cabinets, mobile bases, workstations, etc to really make the shop fun to work in!

The progress of the shop was put on-hold this summer after I got my lathe. I spent a few months making pens, stopper, etc. This is why I always hesitated in buying a latheSince the shop is overcrowded and under-organized, I have to rearrange things when I switch from 1 type of project to another (moving tools to get access, etc).

I have been working a Christmas Gift for my grandson over the last month now. As they say: 90% complete, 90% left to do. :) Once this gift is complete, I’ll probably knock out a few more small turned projects (pens, etc) just for the instant gratification and satisfaction.

Then (likely not before late December), I should be ready to START on my “fall project”. The plan is to FINALLY get around to building the workbench for the shop! I just hope that I can finish it by Spring! I don’t wan’t to have it turn into one of those projects that is measured in years to completion… There just isn’t enough room in the shop to have something that big sitting around unfinished. :)

-- "Keep thy airspeed up, lest the earth come from below and smite thee." - William Kershner

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#1 posted 11-05-2012 02:39 PM

Im the same way, ive got the attention span of a goldfish. Ive always got 3 or 4 projects kicking around the shop from time to time. Currently im in the mode of tuning and sharpening my hand tools but ive also got a cihld’s rocker refinish, a mallet, and a plane till addition goin on. Whichever way the wind blows.

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#2 posted 11-05-2012 04:19 PM

Just keep at it Jay!

My projects are measured in years to completion so I know what you are concerned about. ;) I have a hard time staying focused on one project because there are so many cool ones to build. I seem to be getting better at sticking to what I started first before starting another project. Scratch that last statement, that’s not true! ha ha

Just keep at it and something should get done eventually! ha ha Good job on getting the compressor/dust collector room completed.


-- Hand Crafted by Brett Peterson John 3:16

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#3 posted 11-05-2012 05:15 PM

I know just how it goes. I tend to ricochet from project to project. Many times it’s something needing done setting aside wanting to be done.

I’m another in the same process. I had a… small space, in a corner of the barn. To call it a shop was an insult to the name. I just shoved machines around the barn at random. We finally decided to chuck it all and do it up right so now I’m trying to build a real shop. Like you, I’m blogging my adventures (currently on hold for sickness in the house) for any who care to look in.

Good luck to you with both your projects and shop!

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