Dailey Woodworks

Shop Tasks We All Hate

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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?

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