Making Room for Big Changes // Shop Upgrades
Shop layout. Shop organization. Shop set-up. Dream shop? This... is what I've been thinking about lately. As many of you know, we moved into this house and shop past summer, and the eight months leading up to this point have been spent, to a large degree, trying to sort out the shop and building things to make it more organized. It's not at a perfect stage by any means. In fact, many parts of the shop, up until this point, have been in the category of: “works for now, but will be changed at some point in the future...” Well, it appears that the future is now here. Did you know? Well, I'm glad to inform you that the the future has arrived!
Right now, everything is being changed around. I say this in a rather dramatic way, because honestly, it feels a bit abrupt. It's funny how you get used to things being a certain way. Like how after positioning the workbench and the hand tool wall in one spot, you just get used to it being there, and to suddenly position it somewhere else, feels... weird. Even though, I realize it is not, really. Everything is relative in this world. ..
The main reasoning for these changes (and oh my gosh, I feel like every single thing in the shop is being moved around and changed), is because I'm getting ready to welcome a series of new tools into my life. And these are not just any tools, they're larger than anything I've worked with before. In fact, these tools, I think, qualify in “dream shop” territory. Needless to say, I'm thrilled and so excited for this new step moving forward.
Woodworking is definitely a journey. I think, in many ways, it's what makes it so appealing. You start with some basic tools because you need something, or have an urge to try something. And then slowly, you collect more tools, you work hard, and at some point, you're pretty far removed from where you started, at least when you look at your shop (and the things you create too). I know this is the experience of many, or the dream of many who want to get started building and making.
The joy of the process, of learning and eventually growing beyond your first tools, is truly a thrilling journey. And right now, I'm at a stage where I'm no longer going to be using a DIY upside-down power planer to do my jointing, and that in itself is very exciting! Of course, I'm going to document these changes and also go over these new additions that we're working so hard towards finding spaces for. I think my shop is going to feel like a completely new space, when it's all set up. In other words, what a great opportunity to re-think just about everything – what kind of work I want to do, how I want my shop set-up, how I want the videos to be moving forward.
There's simply nothing like a fresh start.