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Thread: Shop Journal or record book you have one keep one????

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    GTA Ontario Canada

    Shop Journal or record book you have one keep one????

    Larry just raised a good point about writing things down. I used to do this way back when i was in R&D and learning back then a bunch of us were trained to keep a journal with our notes and experiences of all sorts of little tid bits of info.

    Dont know why but until his post i never thought of doing that again but with the memory going i can see its got huge potential.

    So whats the thoughts here, do you keep a journal in your shop for things like setups or the like ?

    Any ideas and tips that can be thrown in here to stimulate the grey matter in this direction??

    Only thing i can think of at present that concerns me is the state of my handwritting lately now that we use computers for everything. I even get the missus to write checks for me because of my scrawl and i aint a doctor either.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Inside the Beltway

    This site is my shop journal!

    That, and a certain dexterity with google search strings, really takes the place of the old notebook...



  3. #3
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Floydada, Tx
    I have three of them. One is for labor and materail cost, one for setups and one for finishes. It really does help keep track of things. I have done this since i first started woodworking.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Vancouver Island, Courtenay/Comox Valley, British Columbia
    I do, Rob. I keep a spiral notebook for what I've done, and a chalkboard for what I'm doing--otherwise I can't remember anything.....
    AKA Young Grasshopper Woodworker
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  5. #5
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Amherst, New Hampshire
    3 note books with hand drawn plans and tips on how not to make the same mistake over again if I build the same project again
    Faith, Hope & Charity

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Reno, Nv
    I need to start one! I just noticed some water spots on a piece and can't for the life of me remember what kind of finish I used. Good thread!
    Your Respiratory Therapist wears Combat boots

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    DSM, IA
    I've got stacks of pics, printouts, sketches, etc of things I want to make...but nothing other than pictures of things I have made...
    A man is rich in proportion to the number of things he can afford to let alone. -Henry David Thoreau
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  8. #8
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    No, not all of SoCal is Los Angeles!
    I keep diligent track of finish formulas. Beyond that I just keep SU drawings, picture folders on the PC and the posts here.
    Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.
    - Arthur C. Clarke

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    Santa Claus, In
    Keep everything on the black box (computer) If I make notes and what not, I scan and put copy in folder of project. Pics go in same folder.
    If you don't take pride in your work, life get's pretty boring.

    Rule of thumb is if you donít know what tool to buy next, then you probably donít need it yet.

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Tellico Plains, Tennessee
    The closest I keep to a journal is what I call my catalog... I number each piece I make... first with a code to indicate it's category then with a sequential number for the piece... last piece was 10-1245 .. 10 meaning a bowl and 1245 is the 1245th piece I've turned since starting the log... the log/catalog is a spreadsheet that has the piece number, month/year turned, a brief description (category name, sizes etc...), materials used (name of wood or acrylic etc..), finish materials, components costs, blank costs, a column for mark up percentage or shop costs, a formula column that sets a base price, then a column for estimated final selling pricing... there's also columns for the date of sale and revenue but those columns don't show up on my written log... they are kept on the computer.

    I started making notes on some of my turnings, how and problems, etc.... but it was too much trouble to keep up so only lasted a couple of months.
    Tellico Plains, TN
    My parents taught me to respect my elders, but it's getting harder and harder to find any.
    If you go looking for trouble, it will usually find you.

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