Over on one of the woodworking forums I frequent, someone posted a question, what is it that becoming a “contributing” member gets you? It isn’t like the cost is high, just a few dollars a year that goes to keeping the site functional, but his question was actually one that I’ve considered many, many times. What is it that I actually get out of handing over money that I wouldn’t get from just using it as a free member?
A Place to Share my Geeky Side With the World. Comics, movies, TV, collecting, you name it, I indulge in it.
That was something I asked myself today. I stopped subscribing to every woodworking magazine, and I got pretty much all of them, a couple of years ago when I realized that there just wasn’t anything in them that I cared about and they just rotated content constantly, republishing essentially the same article over and over and over again. So I asked myself, is there anything in these magazines that is worth actually reading?
I really hate people like this. This guy pops up on a woodworking forum begging for help. He bought a house with a built in bookcase with 4-foot long shelves and the shelves are sagging. He wants suggestions how he can stop this from happening. Lots of people jump in, but in the end, he says “I have minimal time, budget, and materials to make this happen. Adding dividers, building fancy torsion box shelves or multi ply shelves with rebar or other metal components is beyond what I can produce right now. ” Then why the hell did you ask?
So once I got my table saw completely rebuilt and the brand new blade installed, it cut like a dream, like a hot knife through butter, but there was a problem. See, in my old shop, I had a big outfeed table that was 8 feet long and 4 feet wide behind it, but my new shop setup doesn’t allow for that so the old table went elsewhere and now, I had nothing to feed wood onto.
But never fear, a new table is on the way!
Some woodworkers treat Google Sketchup like the second coming but I think it’s a waste of time, at least for me. I can grab a piece of paper and draw out my plans much faster than I can program it all into a computer. And since I never publish my plans, since I almost always simply make a single object and then the sketch goes into the trash, I don’t see the point of wasting the time when I could be building instead.
Sometimes you just go a little crazy. I’ve been trying to set up my new shop for quite some time now and honestly, while I know in the broad strokes what I want to do, it’s all the little details that have been getting me down. So I’ve been trying to focus on the large stuff that I know needs to get done and hope that, as that gets sorted out, the small stuff will start to fall into place.
But sometimes you go overboard.
One of the reasons we bought our new house is because it had an already-existing shop space out in our very large back yard. It’s already wired for 220, it’s already insulated and it’s the perfect size, with room to expand if I ever decide to. So when we moved, I stuffed all of my equipment into the shop and figured I’d outfit it as time went on…
I need to take a look at my YouTube subscriptions because I think a bunch of the woodworking channels I follow simply need to go away. For some, they’ve just changed to something I hardly recognize and I just don’t enjoy them, but for a huge number, they’ve just become corporate shills. I’ve got better things to do than watch sponsored commercials.
Well, the time has come to pack up my woodworking shop and move to a new house. After 17 years here, we just bought a new house, a much nicer house in a much better place, and one of the things that I get out of the deal is a nice, new shop. So it’s packing up 16 years of tool purchases and making the trek. This ought to be fun.
This is something I don’t get, to be honest. In a number of discussions over on a woodworking forum, people were variously looking for opinions on how different people handled different problems and invariably, there is always someone who brings up the most ludicrous possibility, as though we ought to seriously consider it when making decisions.
Here’s a thought… don’t do stupid things!