This year is very nearly over, as we close in on the celebrations of Christmas time. I’d like to be able to reflect back on my woodworking for the past twelve-months but, I know already that I seem to have achieved less than in previous years. With news that my mum’s looking to sell her house in the new year and also, how I’m wanting to rent my own living space again, it feels as though it’s all closing in towards an end. Renting a small workshop is parts of the UK can cost almost as a one-bedroom flat. As we’re both looking to go in to renting, it’s unlikely that a landlord would allow either of us to keep a workshop at home, even if we do end up living somewhere that has a garage.
So, I feel I’m left with a choice…
Ultimately, I’m going to have to move out of this workshop. That’s already been decided.
Do I consider temporary self-storage for some of my larger machines and lesser-used power tools?
I’ve worked hard to build up the collection of kit that I now own and, although I could still benefit from clearing out some junk, the setup I have now feels very close to being one that I have always aimed for. It would be a shame to have to sell all of it and give up for good. I do intend to keep most of my hand tools and power tools for general usage; perhaps selling off the duplicates I seem to have accumulated over the years.
Does anyone in the UK have any recommendations for self-storage companies? First one on Google’s list are the Big Yellow Self Storage. I need to work out what kind of room-space I would require and then contact them for a quote, thinking in the long-term, I reckon. Short of a Lottery win (when I don’t even gamble), I can’t see myself owning another work-space or even a house for many years yet.
As I’ve already mentioned, I know that I have duplicates of power tools that I certainly don’t need to keep (two power planers and many cordless drills, to start off). I can start gathering those together in preparation to sell. I also reckon I could live without my 6in random orbit sander and keep my 5in ROS and use the 4in belt sander to compliment that.
When it comes to machinery, selling my 16in bandsaw is the first thought on my mind. As great as a central workhorse as it has been, it’s also a right PITA to move. I have similar thoughts about my planer/thicknesser, because of its weight. I intend to keep my surface planer (jointer), I’d never sell my bobbin sander, I like my pillar drill and my mortiser, I believe, was a once-in-a-lifetime bargain. Perhaps my mitre saw could go, along with the station I built for it. I don’t use my disc sander much but I’m tempted to keep the under-used lathe – if I don’t get back in to woodworking as I’ve known it, I could always try my hand at turning.
There’s a lot of timber to be sorted through as well. I could quite happily give away the smaller scraps but, anything dear (English walnut) or sizeable (2in ash I’ve been saving for a guitar body) and that could stay with me in self-storage.
I do believe that gradually sorting through all of this could be good for my state of mind. Each day I’m now in the workshop and, as the weeks and months have passed, I’ve felt it burdening on my shoulders. As much as I’ve enjoyed the break away and getting in to other activities, I feel guilt having all that kit, right there, just going to waste. There’s a lot to be said for the ‘de-cluttering’ of one’s subconscious.
My time limit is indefinite but, I aim to start small with the dawn of the new year. It’s better to tackle something like this one stage at a time and here and here’s an example of how that could work:
Power Tools –> Hand Tools –> Timber –> Machinery
This post does pose the question as to the future direction of this blog. First, I’d like to reassure you that I have no intention of abandoning or deleting everything that I have created here in the last three-years. I intend to discuss this further in my next post, as I see this blog becoming more ‘personal’ (other activities), without getting too personal.
There are a few videos I’d like to do on machine setup shortly. Even if I’m unable to practically make anything at the moment, I can savour the lasting memories of my first workshop while I still have access to it. Having spoken to Nick Gibbs recently for the first time in too many months, I do have some material that could make its way in to the pages of British Woodworking magazine in the not-too-distant future.
Thank you for reading this. It has taken a while for me to feel comfortable to come here and write this but, I hope this is the beginning of a new wave of progress for me. If you have any thoughts or even experiences of self-storage then, I would love to hear from you.
I’ve neglected to mention the obvious here because I don’t feel it really needs to be said… But, if I did sell all of my larger kit then, I would only have to rebuild it all again when or if I do become reacquainted with my next workshop.