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Blog entry by Ross1219 posted 02-11-2017 03:24 PM 1003 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This past week I went to the shop with the intent of beginning to build my expected granddaughters crib ( generally better to build the crib before they are born so they actually have someplace to sleep when they come home ). When I got there ( my shop is located on an estate about 10 miles from home ) and opened the door, I realized I wouldn’t be doing any woodworking in the near term, and if I didn’t hustle, would turn into the long term. Not good. You see, I have a problem most woodworkers would love to have…I have too much wood. That’s right, too much. My shop is only 25× 28, and in addition to the usual collection of cabinet saw, bandsaw , jointer, mortiser, lathe, dust collection, bench, assembly bench and all the hand tools and accessories that go along with them, I have wood. 200bf of cherry, 250bf walnut, 100bf sycamore, 400bf curly ash, 200bf vertical grain Douglas fir, 100bf redwood, 200bf red and white oak, along with a smattering of maple, pine, and hickory. Yes I have some wood. The solution is to build stuff with it and use it up. That part I understand. Making the room to actually do that is a whole other ballgame. I have some projects going presently that are using up space as well. I am trying to finish some drawers for my wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling entertainment center, as well as make my doors for the room out of some quarter sawn 2 1/2” thick oak in the 3 panel shaker style with jambs to match. I am a retired firefighter, I now drive school bus for the local community. This gives me tool money, as well as large blocks of time. I work from 6-8am and 2-4pm. I only live 5 minutes from garage. As a firefighter I only worked 9 days a month. Granted they were 24 hour days. So again I had large blocks of time. My shop has been in the present location over 20 years. I presently have the aforementioned crib, as well as a cradle and rocking chair, 2 dining table and chairs sets to make along with a Greene and Greene style bed for me. The crib takes precedence since there is a finite end date to be done. I am using walnut. Solid raised panels on 3 sides with slats only in the front. This crib is going to be a 4 in 1 convertible, so I have some design work to do to not use k-d fasteners. My dilemma is moving wood around the shop constantly as I go through the build process. It will be an hour of moving wood and an hour of woodworking. Tough to get into a flow that way. But I think it will get easier as I finish projects, hence making more room. Just that the beginning will be very difficult. Will post again when I have a handle on the issue, and let you know what it took to get there.

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#1 posted 02-11-2017 03:32 PM

Hi Ross
I know you’re going to get lots of comments about “let me help I’ll take that wood off your hands”. I have the same problem in roughly the same square footage, to much wood, equipment and unfinished projects that are in the way to work efficiently . I’ve contemplated building outside wood storage but have limited space outside too.


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#2 posted 02-11-2017 07:41 PM

What a problem to have, move forward and good luck

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#3 posted 02-11-2017 07:56 PM

Don’t start a project until you have all the parts. No ‘waiting on parts’ excuses.

Use your saw as an assembly table to force you to finish one project befor starting another.

Give away or sell all projects without getting attached to them.


-- The hump with the stump and the pump!

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#4 posted 02-11-2017 10:33 PM

Maybe prioritize projects that use lots of wood but take less time. Bookcases, shelving, some outdoor tables perhaps? It is frustrating when you have time to get stuff done but have to spend it all on cleanup and organization. I can understand that enough to say I don’t want this kind of problem. Wood surplus is nice but not when it gets in the way of using your tools!

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#5 posted 02-12-2017 12:15 AM

Room for overhead storage?

-- Bill, Yo! Brooklyn & Steel City :)

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