I enjoy watching Woodworking videos on Youtube. One of my favorites is the Weekly Woodworking Wrap Up Review by David Picciuto (The Drunken Woodworker). This picture above poses a weekly question he uses in the show and for discussion. This week it is “If you could forever remove one task in the shop, what would it be?” Talk about a loaded question. I didn’t know about the question until after this weeks episode, so I’m answering it here and posing the same question to you.
At first I thought of the obvious: sweeping, hauling waste materials off, cleaning. But while I don’t particularly enjoy these things I do enjoy the results. It’s never fun cleaning the shop, but the end result is always worth the efforts. Everything is clean and in its place, this makes working on a project more enjoyable.
You know what’s NOT worth the effort? Changing the blade on the Bandsaw. That’s my pick. I’m not talking about replacing a blade that’s worn or broken. I’m talking about when you need to change from, say, a 1/8″ blade to a 3/8″ or 1/2″ blade or vise-versa. It’s a 10 minute procedure of readjusting everything. I use my bandsaw primarily as an “assist tool” If I’m working on a project it’s nice to quickly walk over to the bandsaw and make the cut I need and go back to work.
The problem is I seem to never have the right blade installed, and it takes less time to figure out a workaround on the table saw or make a cut with a jigsaw. Though these aren’t as precise.
So this is my answer to the question, no more changing bandsaw blades. Ideally, if space allowed, I would have 3 or 4 bandsaws set up and ready to go. In fact, I almost bought a used bandsaw the other day off of Craigslist, but I would have no place to put it.
What about you? What is the one shop task that, if able, you would never do again?