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I often wonder how many other people spend the same amount of time that I do in making "things" in my workshop work better. I see SO MANY things that could have been easily made better or more convenient at the factory where they were made, or at the very least, made less frustrating to use ...
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but now I am tasked with making those alterations and adjustments myself. And in some rare cases, other manufacturers that make the SAME tool of the appliance, see the same things and remake the new tools better ... I love that !!
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It's not until I get around to actually fixing a problem that I realize just how long I have been putting up with the issue in the first place. Case in point, replacing the wheels on my workbench !! But I do have an excuse, I wondered for a long time what would be the best alternative for the replacement.
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As it turns out, pretty much anything would be better than what I was putting up with ...
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I learned the hard way many, many years ago just how important accurate measurement is, and by that I don't just mean measuring the length of something but also ensuring things are "square" that need to be, and "flat" that need to be. And all this boils down to is a good measurement.
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For years I have resisted the temptation to purchase 1-2-3 blocks, even though I know how accurate and useful they are, but I know by now, in my own woodworking, the only measurement I would be using in one of these blocks would be the 2-inch side, which is why I have shied away from them.
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I was contacted by an organization that works with kids who I had donated wooden toys for distribution at Christmas in 2017, 2019 and 2021. They asked if our Guild could do an event for them. I have learned to ask appropriate questions before making a commitment.
When – 4 days hence
Age of the children – 5 to 10
How many – 6 to 24
Length of time – 30 minutes
With these answers my initial response was 'no' ...
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Bad ideas in the workshop are not just about things that don't work ... or things that are a waste of time, they also include things that are potentially dangerous or can cause injury, and often, it can be a combination of bad things.
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I'm going to start off with something that I have rarely seen, but it does seem to happen with a few new woodworkers ...
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One of the measures of success for some is that time when you have honed your craft well enough that you have the confidence to sell your projects. Often by this time you have a number of projects you have made that could be sitting around gathering dust and maybe you would like to move them along to someone who would like them and perhaps even pay some money for them so you can purchase more wood ...
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Sounds like a plan? Lots and lots of woodworkers sell their projects in all sorts of areas. Some part-time woodworkers will make things and bring them to their full-time workplace and sell them to co-workers, others will sell them to relatives and close friends while others will strike out into the marketplace and start selling to everyone who is interested in their projects ..
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