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Forum topic by FancyShoes posted 11-05-2018 08:32 PM 509 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-05-2018 08:32 PM

So for the past year, I have not been able to get my wood shop up and running. The past 2 months O have been focusing on how to organize my garage and have been failing. I decided to build a small shed to store all my parts cabinets and everything else, and I would only have machines in my garage.

But I am now failing at getting a shed done because I have such a small yard, I wanted to build the mobile shed, but that is not going to work out. And my forks for the forklift is not long enough to move the shed, and also forklift cant go off concrete.

I am thinking about going to metal working sonce I wont need as many machines.

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#1 posted 11-05-2018 09:43 PM

Fancy – I would wager many of us have been in the same situation.
I would ask you . . . . what is your strongest talent ??
what is your strongest desire ? and what have you made in the past
that gave you the highest degree of accomplishment ?
scaling down is not the same as giving up.
best wishes in all your future endeavors.



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#2 posted 11-06-2018 12:14 AM

sounds like a lack of motivation to me,when i have a strong desire to do something i find a no more excuses get it going man-lol.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#3 posted 11-06-2018 01:53 AM

No motovation? I just attempted to build a shed to store everything in my shop leaving me room for only woodworking machines.

I am running into issues making a mobile shed, i only have 7’ X 12’ section of yard to which I can put a shed. My yard is tiny, take me 3 minuttes to cut the grass.

I have a lack of space issue with where I live. I have to find a place for everything! I have gotten rid of as mich crap as I possibly can.

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#4 posted 11-06-2018 02:56 AM

I do woodworking in a 110 sq ft building. Other woodworkers have used a spare bedroom, a closet or even a modified piano in an apartment. Space can be dealt with. For me, that means really thinking about what machines I need instead want. Sold the table saw, use a band saw for ripping and hand planes for jointing. Kept the lunchbox planer to save some time, but it stores out of the way. Rearranged storage to be more efficient, added a loft for storing lumber, only keep a very small lumber stash, and store metal and small lumber between the joists for the loft.

It would be great to have a huge shop and every machine under the sun. It’s not reality so I deal with what is there and have been able to enjoy the hobby. Sure, some projects take a little longer without specialized machines and I have to only work on one project at a time, but it’s all doable.

If you enjoy woodworking, start looking at all the possibilities of how to do what needs done. Maybe something won’t be ideal, but it can be enjoyable. If you have a woodworking buddy nearby, maybe have them came over and give some suggestions. They might see potential where right now you only see frustration.

If you really want to do metalworking, have at it. You’ll end up with the same space issue eventually as you do more and more. Starts with a lathe, then a small mill, then you “need” a horizontal band saw, a welder, a plasma cutter, a larger assembly/welding table, a bigger mill, and so on and so on.

It’s not the amount of space, it’s changing what you can and learning to be content with what you can’t change.

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#5 posted 11-06-2018 05:15 AM

One of my personality flaws is that I think I need the “best way” possible to do something before I get started. I forget what the technical name for it is. But it exists. I made myself aware of it, because I can examine myself from a 3rd party perspective. It is one thing I am trying to work on, is another reason why I bought such a expensive camera for doing youtube videos.

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