Airfieldman's first woodshop #1: Initial Setup (a.k.a. P5 proof of concept)

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Blog entry by Pete posted 01-04-2013 09:11 PM 2042 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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For those who aren’t familiar with P5, it stands for “Proper Planning, Prevents Poor Performance.” I don’t plan much. I want to, but mostly I just jump in with both feet and course correct as I go along.

In this case I am hoping to someday build a seperate woodshop. With that in mind, I set up shop in my tiny 1 car garage. A garage built in 1942. 10’ x 20’...I wish! Closer to 10’ x 15’. Plus, the ceiling is less than 8’ high, eliminating the ability to use the “fifth wall” idea. Especially since there is still a working garage door covering 1/3rd of the room when open.

So I started putting my tools in as best I could. Mostly, didn’t work and I was constantly shoving, pushing, cursing, etc. while I tried to use them. Mostly what I was using them for, was to build “stuff” for the shop in hope of creating a more usable space, while still thinking of it as temporary.

Then, about 6-8 months ago it dawned on me…it might be temporary, but how long until I build my shop is anyone’s guess. And since I’m not really taking any steps towards that end, I figured I might as well make the current facility work as best I can.

Next part: placement of tools.

-- Measure with a micrometer, mark with a crayon, cut it with a chainsaw.

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#1 posted 01-04-2013 11:10 PM

I think there maybe a P missing, the one relating to the measurement of performance!

-- Regards Rob

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#2 posted 01-05-2013 05:17 AM

Well good luck on the placement. I will be very interested to see the result as I also have a very small shop

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

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#3 posted 01-05-2013 05:31 AM

Rob…you are correct. A wise man once said “know your audience”. As I only a fraction, and not well at that, I went against my grain and went pc.

-- Measure with a micrometer, mark with a crayon, cut it with a chainsaw.

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