Mistakes are OK

Mistakes are how you learn. The trick is only making mistakes you can handle, or recover from. Yeah, I lost a few hours and said a few swear words, but I didn’t lose any fingers or ruin an expensive project. It’s all relative.

Now that I’m a bit more calm, rational, and have more time, I’ll rehash a bit more completely why I did an impromptu remodel: I don’t know. I don’t know why it was impromptu, that is. I can adequately explain my need to remodel.

  • I hadn’t done it in awhile. Sometimes you get that itch.
  • There were a few minor issues with the layout I have had for what seems like ages. Because the table saw fence and the router table fence both overhang their surfaces, these were coming into contact a good bit. Not a deal-breaker, but I often had to move the RT around slightly to do wider routs.
  • The router table is slightly lower than the table saw, which works for sawing, but not for routing. I have to angle the table at times.
  • The router table drawers keep coming open. This is completely due to the shop being unlevel, but I could fix them with a few magnets if I really wanted to.
  • One corner of the shop is basically unusable. I can’t get to the large cabinet above the lathe due to the location of the bandsaw and drill press.
  • The drill press isn’t usable where it is, and restricts access to the cabinet plus the  power strip that runs quite a few tools and accessories.

This is what it was:

shop before

This is what I tried to do:

shop now

Renders using the 12×16 shop structure, so ignore that blank space to the bottom.

If not for the drill press, it might have worked. I may turn the MFT to see if would still, but I seriously doubt it. In fact, it probably won’t. I will most likely go back to how it was, perhaps with a slight change to put the chaos wall on the back wall and see if the drill press will fit next to the miter saw. I can sort that out immediately. That would solve a few problems and make the whole ordeal worthwhile.

I have made a few mistakes in my tool purchases. I bought too big of a lathe. I bought a bandsaw that I really don’t use all that much. I could have gotten away with a bench-mounted drill press. I should have seen the light of these Festools I own sooner. I wish I had built a new workshop sooner.

I wouldn’t do much else differently though. It’s been pretty good for the most part. Now if I can get the shop back in a working state things will be pretty good again.

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