Well it has been almost a year since I became very busy with the carpentry business compared to working at the liquor shop, certainly the Cirque du Soleil contracts helped, but I also got other work like the Studio build etc. Now after a year of really struggling in my rather cramped workshop, the Dungeon, I have decided to take a good hard look at what I am doing now and how I need to arrange things. The basic layout is fundamentally the same, with the exception of the sheetgoods storage. I had a storage area in the Dungeon, but now with the closing in of the parking area on the first floor, I have a better place up there to store the sheet goods, so I am removing the old sheetgoods storage box down in the Dungeon.
an old picture of the old sheetgoods storage box
New pics, just before I ripped it out.
I have to tell you, I'm sitting here just savouring the free space in my workshop
The potential to do something with that space....
What I'm going to do is put my sharpening station there, I have found that it is a real time waster to have to stop work, put stuff away, set up my sharpening stuff, and then sharpen tools. What I end up doing is working with a not as sharp as it should be tool for longer than I should, then I set my sharpening stuff up and sharpen EVERYTHING in the workshop, this is not a good way to do things. I will be able to build another cabinet for above the sharpening station as well. I'm also going to build a new cabinet under the drill press for all the screws I got a while ago.
The next thing I did was I reduced the amount of scrap wood in my workshop, I have thrown out a total of 14 largish bags so far, maybe it will end up around 20 total, that is a LOT of stuff from my workshop. I'm just simply NOT going to keep scraps around, that was fine when I was doing this as a hobby, but now as a business I spend way too much time moving stuff around and tripping over stuff that I just don't need. If I need a new piece of wood for a job, I'll buy one.
Lots of cleaning up, lots of dust, but in the end this will be so much better.
Wish me luck!