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Workshop Video-Tour (Part 1)

Having officially finished the suspended floor now, I’ve taken a little bit of time to film this short, ‘silent’ video-tour of my workshop in its current state, before I’ve really had a chance to start clearing off the shelves, removed the two floor-standing units and, generally, reshuffled everything around for better optimisation of my current space.

As you’ll see in the video, there’s still a lot of work to be done before I can get back to some proper woodwork again! Hopefully, most of this will have been resolved by the time I come to release a second video-tour, in a couple of weeks.

…Yes, there is a little irony in the title of the song playing on the radio! 😀

All comments welcome.

Thanks for reading – and for watching!

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5 responses to “Workshop Video-Tour (Part 1)

  1. correawoodworks 11/03/2011 at 09:38

    You certainly have every space filled. I recently reorganized my shop from top to bottom. I removed everything I have not used in the past year, including wood cut offs. I gained a grand amount of space and find it easier to more productive. Your new storage loft should serve you very well.

    • Olly Parry-Jones 11/03/2011 at 18:02

      Thanks, Sam.

      I think you’re right… A lot of the offcuts I have are very short, particularly some of the stocks up in the between joists. I need to be more ruthless; boxing most of it up to give away as firewood!! 😳 Haven’t yet decided where or how to store my MDF offcuts though – which do get used frequently when making jigs and templates. Some of these scraps (currently piled up on top of my workbench!) are too wide to fit between the joists. I may have to put up another narrow run of shelving somewhere… Perhaps, I could then use part of this narrow rack to store components that I using during a project…

      I should’ve probably mentioned, somewhere, that my workshop’s only 5.4m x 3m inside (that’s <18ft x <10ft) with 2.1m (7ft) tall walls. So, I'm partially conceding to the fact that things are never going to be 'perfect', whatever I try and do. 🙂

  2. joeabbott 11/03/2011 at 15:46

    I got excited and watched your video before reading the blog … so, I wasn’t aware this was a “before” sort of video! I was amazed you could be effective\efficient with all the clutter.

    That said, I did pick up some tips on places to squirrel away some cut-offs and spare lumber! I like the idea of using the space between the joists and will use that for stashing some cut-offs in my shop.

    Nice work on the lumber loft. I look forward to your “after” video!

  3. JeremyC 14/03/2011 at 02:45

    Wow, you’ve got a ton of stuff in there. That mezzanine level will certainly come in handy.

    Not sure I get the irony in the song. Funny though, I wouldn’t have thought you English guys liked American country music as a rule!

    • Olly Parry-Jones 14/03/2011 at 09:35

      Thanks for your comment, and for looking.

      Okay, there isn’t much irony at all… 😳 I just view my workshop as my “sweet home” away from the rest of my life! 😉

      Olly.

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