Small workshop struggles with clutter; taking shortcuts

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Blog entry by Jace McDaniel posted 08-24-2016 04:21 AM 1006 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

The past couple years ive developed a passion for woodworking. its my time where i can get so focused on my projects and completely block out anything the world is throwing at me at any given time. I guess you can say the craft itself is basically my therapist, only if i were to substitute a real therapist id probably save about 10x the money that i do on tools, but they are beginning to get to the point where they are starting to pay themselves off. In my opinion where the true passion for the craft lies is in how far you are able to go to adapt to situations in order to get a project done, no matter how much of an inconvenience, or how frustrated you get in situations and still power through it. My biggest tester of my patience is how fast my small shop goes from somewhat clean(by that i mean no sawdust in the floor) to just completely cluttered to the point i have no worktop space and im stacking tools on top of each other because i dont wanna go a couple steps to put it away because maybe ill be using it again in a short amount of time. Before i know it the shop is destroyed again and im just working on something as small as a gift box, or cutting board. No matter the size of the project, since ive got a small shop and what some would say too many tools, i have such a hard time keeping them organized as i go. which not only can that be unsafe, it can cause flaws in my project that i wouldnt have made had i had the room to do whatever it is i needed to do, but instead i chose to try to take a shortcut and do it anyway instead of just taking a couple extra minutes to move and organize a few things. any woodworker whos put any time into the craft knows that the difference in the average “woodworker” and a fine craftsman is in the details. A craftsman makes it a purpose to take that extra time so that the end result is nothing short of perfect, whereas your average woodworker might think a shortcut here and there is ok and hope that noone will notice. Me being 100% self taught in this craft, ive struggled with that the most, but the key is i know itts a flaw that i have and am making steps to work through and be conscious of these things and correct it. im sure there are many of you out there that are just like i was 2 years ago, and if youre willing to admit and are self aware of the problem, my friend, just like anything else in life youre already through half the battle, just continue to work and grow your craft and before you know it youll start noticing a pattern in all things that you do, and shortcuts in life will start diminishing. Woodworking has changed my life in many good ways making me more patient(which lord knows i needed that in a bad way!) take less shortcut and i have some nice work to show people and let them know why i have become such a hermit lol

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#1 posted 08-24-2016 01:22 PM

Nicely put!
It speaks for a lot of us.
One thing that’s helped with the cleaning part, I made a small cyclone set up and now for some reason really enjoy sucking up the dust and seeing how much dust a project makes over a week’s time.
This helps with the better half, keeps the dust under control and not bringing it in the house.

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