Hi guys! Welcome back to behind the sawdust, our weekly-ish vlog that shows what goes on when the cameras are off at our two Stumpy Nubs Woodworking Journal shops. Today I want to talk about a disease that afflicts many woodworkers. I call it “rearrangeritis,” and it presents as the obsessive need to move things around the workshop in an endless search for the perfect layout. Some of you may suffer from this problem, maybe you’re like me and you tear the shop apart at least twice a year. It begins innocently enough; you’ll just move one thing. Maybe that workbench would be better just a foot or two to the left. But it’s not that simple, because something already sits in that space, so you have to move it too. And then you move another thing, and another, and before you know it you’re having a full scale attack of rearrangeritis. Only those of us who suffer from this disease understand how it works. Our friends and family think we’re crazy. So, this past week, when I had a relatively mild outbreak, I decided to film it so that others can see exactly why a person with rearrangeritis can’t move just one thing. Let’s have a look…
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All I was going to do was move a workbench. Behind my bench, beneath the tool cabinet on the wall, is an open space. I wanted to fill that space with some storage bins.
The storage bins in question currently reside on the other side of the shop. I like these bins because the small drawers are great for organizing all my junk. But they look terrible. I could make some wooden cabinets and drawers, which was my original intention. These were supposed to be just temporary. But you know how that goes. So, I decided that the best way to not have to look at them uglying up my shop was to move them to that hidden space behind the workbench.
One nice feature about these drawers, which you can get at Walmart or any home center, is you can take them apart and reconfigure them however you like. My tall drawer banks can break down into a row of short drawer banks. Say what you want about them, but that’s a heck of a lot of storage for the price. It does bother me that some of them are black and some are white, but since they will be mostly hidden, I think I can live with it, at least until that day finally arrives when I have time to replace them with proper wooden cabinets. I’ll pencil that if for sometime when I’m in my seventies. A bonus is that I now have another long, flat surface to pile more crap on. Remember this sharpening cabinet I made years ago? I keep all my water stones and accessories in there. And this little bench grinder still has the wooden tool rests I made way back when. Ahhhh, memories!
Thankfully, the bench has wheels so I can get to the drawers when I have to. But you’d be surprised how rarely I actually need anything in there. Maybe I should throw some of that stuff away? No time for that now, because I’ve created a void by moving those storage bins, and I have to fill it with something. I never did like the lathe on this side of the shop. I felt like it was crowded too close to the CNC on the left, which made it impossible to get good camera angles while I film. That’s a big consideration in both of our workshops. There always has to be room for the camera angles. If you’ve got your own case of rearrangeritis, be glad you don’t also have to worry about camera equipment, it makes everything a lot worse. Anywho, I think the lathe would be better over where the bins used to be. I like the openness behind it. Someone can stand on the steps and film from the back side it I want them to. But, now I’ve opened up a big space where the lathe USED to be. We’re past the point of no return now. Time to pick up the floor mats, because stuff ‘bout to get moved all over the place!
This giant machine is my drum sander. I’ve never used it because I have a homemade drum sander at the other shop. But I keep it, mostly so I can move it around whenever rearrangeritis takes hold of me. It’s big and awkward, and never seems to fit right anywhere I put it. For now I’m sticking it in the only open space I have, where the lathe was. But I already hate it there. The outfeed runs right into the side of the CNC. That will never work. I’m going to have to move some more things around.
One side benefit of all this work is I get to sweep up dust that has accumulated beneath things. Since most of the machines are on wheels, I suppose I could move them and sweep more often, but who does that? Certainly, nobody around here. But sweeping does give a man time to reflect, and I have an idea about what to do with that drum sander. Of course, it involves moving some other things around, starting with my horizontal band saw. This is another tool that hardly ever gets used. I cut an occasional piece of threaded rod or t-track for a jig on it. The rest of the time it spends collecting cobwebs. But it moves a lot easier than this cabinet full of sharpening jigs for my Tormek. Even empty this thing weighs a ton. Seriously, it’s ridiculously overbuilt. I know that means it will last forever, but it sucks when I have to move it. The rubber feet do not slide on my shop floor at all. It always becomes a wrestling match, and I end up looking stupid like I am right now. I’ve danced with this thing more times than I’d like to admit, and I usually end up with a sore back. But, by moving it, I have freed up some space next to the bench. And I’m thinking that the drill press may work out well there. Look at this, the drill press weighs about half as much as that cabinet. You would think it would be the other way around…. I’ve moved this thing a few times over the years too. Which is why I never bolted it down like they say you should with a drill press. It is wobbly. I think I’ll make some sort of weighted base cabinet for it, eventually. With wheels, of course, because I know I’m going to be moving it at least a thousand more times. In fact, I already hate it here. It’s too close to the bench. I don’t think it goes well with the hand tool wall. See, this is the sort of thing people with rearrangeritis obsess over. So, it’s back over against this wall. This is technically a different spot, at least five feet from where it was a few minutes ago. But if the drill press is returning to this wall, the Tormek cabinet can’t go here. I wonder how many times I can wrestle it around before I snap my spine. Ohhh, this looks like a good spot for it! I believe it’s a good inch and a half from the place I originally had it!
Now I have this big, open spot along the wall between the drill press and the end of the jointer. Something has got to go there. What to do, what to do… The lathe! I never really liked it next to the steps like that. I mean, who is going to want to stand on steps to film from the back side when all the cutting happens on the front side anyway. It’s a good thing this cabinet is still on wheels. I actually plan to take the wheels off so the lathe isn’t so high off the floor, and to stabilize it better. As it is, it wobbles on the swivel casters. And now that the lathe is moved again, I can do something different with that drum sander. I don’t know who had the dumb idea of putting it over here next to the CNC machine like that. Sometimes I think I work with morons. Putting it next to the steps would work out perfectly because the outfeed is higher than the steps, so I can use it unobstructed. To tell you the truth, I think I had it here once before. You want to know why I moved it? Rearrangeritis!
Who put this drill press here? It’s too crowded. The end of the jointer is too close to the lathe cabinet too. That will never work. But it just so happens that another place has recently opened up on the other side of the shop where the lathe was, then the drum sander, and now the drill press. Of course some of that stuff on the wall will have to be moved, but that’s just part of the disease. The important thing is, I can move the lathe down a few more inches. But, that does open up a spot between the lathe and the jointer that will now have to be filled. And you know what that means? I’m wrestling with that stinking Tormek cabinet again! It’s narrow enough to stay out of the way of the jointer’s infeed table. This is the fifth time I’ve moved it today, but I am pretty sure it will be the last, because things are finally starting to come together. At least on the floor. The walls are a different story.
For one thing, I have clamps hanging on these steel wracks in various places around the shop. I love these racks, I’ll like to them in the notes below the video. This one is for the one-handed style clamps. I think it would be better if it was attached to the loft above my air cleaner. You may think this is a random change, but it’s not. By moving this rack over here, I can then move my bar clamp rack over to where that one was. Yes, the bar clamp rack is different from the other one. They even have a different style of pipe clamps, which are on the wall over the drum sander. And Next to the bandsaw is another one I use for my really heavy duty bar clamps. Since I moved the drill press, I also have to move the steel tray that hangs on the wall behind it to hold some of the larger bits and accessories. These trays are another cool thing I’ll link to in the notes below. I use them for all sorts of stuff. And whenever I have an outbreak of rearrangeritis, they get moved too. They’ve been all over this shop. In fact, everything on the walls get moved. Part of my obsessiveness is that I must have every open place on every wall covered with something. This is a table saw sled, which works really well if you’re not into building your own. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not just about covering open space. I like to have things organized too. I hate things piled on the floor. So, if it can hang on a wall, it will. And before I get comments about the heater being too close to the things on the wall, it’s not. All the heat rises, I can hold my hand on the side of the heater at full flame and never get hot. Of course, this is my shop. If I burn it down, it’s my fault. So, use your own judgement in your shop.
Here’s a problem I bet you don’t have in your shop: finding a place to put your teleprompter when you aren’t using it. Now I can tuck it next to the drill press and it won’t get destroyed next time I swing a sheet of plywood up onto the table saw. And I think the two look good next to each other. Like I said, a big factor in my shop is how things will look on camera. Not that the teleprompter is ever on camera, but you get my point.
The new layout will require some minor modifications to the dust collection, but I shouldn’t have to change any of the main ducts. I planned for these moves when I installed them. This isn’t my first outbreak. Back to the clamp racks, I moved them around so I could hang my lathe tools on the wall above the lathe where the bar clamps used to be. I usually use magnetic strips to hold my lathe tools. But my carbide tools have stainless steel shafts that won’t stick to magnets. So, I use these little handle clamps. You can buy these to hold broom handles and that sort of thing. They work well for lathe tools too. Someday I’ll build a proper tool rack, but these are a great option if you want something quick and cheap. Ohhh, can’t leave that spot above the lathe tools open. Since I use my air-shield with the lathe a lot, it’s the perfect place to hang it. This is actually the fun part of any rearrangeritis outbreak. I like finding places to hang things on the walls, and it helps me be more organized, all the better. This holds my bench cookies and accessories, which had been a mess in a drawer before. I like that I can see if something is missing before it gets lost forever.
Every video crew needs a clacker. I took this one to Woodworking in America in 2015 and had some of my fellow Video Woodworkers sign it for me. The clothes pin is hand made by a viewer named Sandra. Ever since I carved this giant eagle I’ve been looking for a place to put it. We’ll see how long it takes for it to fall off the loft and kill someone using the drill press below.
While I’m moving things around on the walls, I thinking about a bigger screen over the CNC. This one is an old television that doesn’t work well as a PC monitor. Besides, I think I can fit a bigger one in that space, and bigger is always better. How big? Well, it turns out that 42-inches is as big as I can fit. It’s a good thing I was already all hulked up from moving around that Tormek cabinet, because these televisions are heavier than they look. But I think it’s a vast improvement. I use the monitor to work with Sketchup models while I’m at the table saw, and for the CNC. Plus, it’s great for watching YouTube videos and streaming other stuff.
One last open space to be covered. This is something I’ve needed for a while. It’s a shelf for my small parts bins. I used to keep them on the other side of the shop, but now they are near my workbench like the should be. And finally, I hung up my hammers and a few small jigs from the loft on the other side of the shop. Along with more clamps. You can never have too many clamps. I’m pretty sure there are at least a billion around here.
Well, this outbreak of rearrangeritis is finally clearing up. You may think, looking around the shop, which isn’t all that large to begin with, that there aren’t that many different ways to arrange it. But that’s because you’ve never had rearrangeritis. There is ALWAYS another way to arrange things. And this is just one of two shops we have here at Stumpy Nubs Woodworking Journal! In fact, I’m already getting the itch to change things in the other shop. Maybe we’ll make a video about that down the road. Please take a minute to check out the links in the notes below the video, especially our sponsors’ websites. Unfortunately, good woodworking content isn’t really free. They pay the bills so you don’t have to. So, give them a visit so they know you appreciate it. Then you can sit back and have yourself a cold one, I know I’ve earned it, my friend!
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