I thought i would share this revelation with you all such that it might hit a nerve with others and you could benefit the way i have.
The whole credit for this thought goes to Glenn who i have already personally thanked for bringing me to this point.
I have observed for a few years now how Glenn works and how he has his shop layed out. Others too but Glenn takes the prize in my view.
Anyhow i choke with guilt each time he mentions a table saw is not a work bench. I think then of what i have on my table saw top at that point in time and choke again.
But over time he has got through to me.
I have be fastidious at keeping my shop tidy. Hey i have lived with a watchdog and anticipate the towns arrival any time so made sure to keep it clean and tidy.
But this has not made it conducive to working in. Thinks got put where they seemed to fit and i adapted to the draws where they were and what was put in them without much thought.
Whatever draw was chosen when first the tool was stored became its go to place and it has been there ever since. My Dad on the other hand, had a shop where things were a bit more laid out. However you could reach anything with one step.
But it hit me the other day after i had made a trip around my shop and back again and again and again digging out tools from a set of draws on the far corner to where i have my workbench that although when i close up or go in i keep the place tidy (clean and tools put away) that this was far from any kind of organization which the place gave the appearance of.
Each trip i make is a distraction from the task and a break in concetration on what you doing. Adds to the frustration factor of how slow you are all because you fundamentally being inefficient.
So i promised myself now that i am packing to move, that i am going to change the way i arrange my tools.
Its not just having the draws but putting things in the right place too.
Has this ever occurred to you?
Some of my cures are going to be building a mobile hand tool storage unit. I plan on making a hybrid of all sorts of pics i have found for tool chests etc.
BUying more rulers and making more marking knives to be placed around the shop at the machines. Getting duplicates of things like wrenches or allen keys needed for specific tasks at specific machines.
One huge thing that began this whole thought was jigs.
I recognised i dont have a place for jigs. So they end up laying about getting moved from lying on this item to being moved to the next when i need to use what they were lying on. We make place for tools machines raw material but it never occurs to make a dedicated storage space for jigs.
Any other wise bits anyone can contribute? Have you had the same thoughts ?
P.S> Dont try this at home. I have sinced noticed their is no logic to our kitchen and how things are stored and dared to mention this .....warning warning warning.....SWMBO did not take kindly to the suggestion we change things. BUt the seed is planted for our next place.