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In which I would like an inflatable studio please - Tactical Ninja

Oct. 5th, 2012

08:46 am - In which I would like an inflatable studio please

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Yesterday I bought myself a new toy. It's a jigsaw - not of the putting-pieces-together-to-make-a-picture-of-Italy variety, but of the cutting-weird-shapes-from-wood variety. For those who are about to say "Oi, you could have borrowed mine!" just imagine having to travel to my house to borrow something off me every time you want to make something, and you'll understand why I bought one.


Turns out they aren't that flash for small, thin pieces of wood. Even the finest wood blade still causes too much vibration and I ended up breaking several bits of wood before giving up in disgust and doing the cuts with a hack saw. I know you aren't supposed to use metal-cutting blades on wood but I can't help wondering if the finer teeth would make a better job of cutting 2-3mm thick wood strips.

The jigsaw was awesome for larger (8mm) bits though, slicing through it like a hot knife through butter, until I had to stop because night time + power tools = irate neighbours and well, I kind of like my neighbours. I also got these fantastic clamps which are the sort of thing I'm going to wonder how I ever managed without. I got two big ones and two teeny-tiny little ones, and they didn't cost anywhere near as much as the site says cos they were on special.

And it's about this time that I realise that I'm equipping my very own studio, without actually having a studio. Well I do sort of have a studio, if you count the dining table. And my arty stuff is spread throughout the house. I left this comment in goddessofchaos's blog the other day:

"SRSLY. Spare room cupboard? Fabric and costumes. Spare room cabinets? Thread, paint, ribbons, glue/glue gun, sewing machine, overlocker, tulle spools. Spare room corner? Spinning wheel, loom, box of bits n bobs for sewing.
Lounge cabinet? Paper, paint, ink, modelling stuff. Lounge coffee table drawers? Wire, pliers, varnishes. Hallway cupboard? Dyes, patterns, tools. Behind the couch? Cutting boards.
Need.Craft.Room.Now."


Now let's just add more power tools, clamps, a whole lot of paint and some leather thonging to the mix. Sometimes I amaze myself at how much making-related stuff I have accumulated - especially after having been so cutthroat about making sure I didn't keep all of Mum's stuff as well after she died. And I'm even more amazed at how it all somehow fits in. My rule is that storage must not overflow into living space, and so far it hasn't - but I know there's been projects out on the table for the last few weeks and I'm getting sick of that. I have places to keep things, but no dedicated place to work. And the things I'm making now can't be put away between sessions because they have things like drying times and clamping requirements. *sigh*


So I'm left with a choice - get rid of some stuff (Oh noes! But I might use it one day!*), stop making stuff (never!)or make a dedicated workspace for putting things that are drying. Or, I guess I could just muddle through and live with the fact that part of our lounge is going to look like Frankenstein's lab at least some of the time.

So anyway, I know there are a lot of makers on my flist. I'm curious what y'all do. Do you work in your living space and just pretend you can't see it? Tidy everything away or at least try to arrange it tastefully? Have your own making space (in which case I HAVE TEH ENVY!)? Or something else? Oh flist, tell me how to be creative and tidy at the same time!

* The hard part about that 'but I might use it one day' argument is that for me, it's often true. I get obsessed with making *thing* and when I need *specific bit of stuff*, it turns out I have it because of 'but I might use it one day'. So, um, yeah.

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From:richdrich
Date:October 4th, 2012 09:16 pm (UTC)
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iANAC, but:

- you can use metal blades on wood, it'll just be slower. You can't use wood blades on steel (though you sometimes can on aluminum, depending).

- If the piece is thin, clamp / screw it to a sacrificial thicker bit.

- 2-3mm thick wood? Scalpel?

happyinmotion may remember cutting out the Eye from 1mm? aluminum, which was a serious PITA. We had to clamp the whole thing to a sacrificial plywood backing to stop it vibrating.
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From:vernacularity
Date:October 4th, 2012 10:46 pm (UTC)
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i'm curious as to whether the option of clamping in such a scenario could include the idea of "clamping between" and not just "clamping to". eg loominum between two sheets of sacrificial ply, using lengths of 4 x 2 I mean 100 x 50 or even 100 x 100 as clamped battens ? naturally the costs just increased by oh um 50%?
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From:vernacularity
Date:October 4th, 2012 11:15 pm (UTC)
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UGH!! ...between two 25mm thick pieces of mdf!! ...and start from the outside. with a jigsaw that can do 2-inch cuts. anyway i wasn't there and the job is done and this isn't helping...


also http://www.epinions.com/review/Roto_Zip_Spiral_Saw_Kit/content_89171332740?sb=1
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From:richdrich
Date:October 5th, 2012 01:27 am (UTC)
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Ah yes, remember now. And of course, if the jigsaw baseplate went over a screwhead, it jumped off track.
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From:polychrome_baby
Date:October 4th, 2012 09:29 pm (UTC)
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Smaller bit of wood can often be taken care of more gracefully by something like a dremel. I've found it to be a very good choice for finicky small scale projects.
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From:tatjna
Date:October 4th, 2012 09:58 pm (UTC)
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We have a dremel - one of the things I didn't throw away from Mum's Pile o' Stuff. Must dig it out because yes.
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From:vernacularity
Date:October 4th, 2012 09:40 pm (UTC)
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coping saws


fret saw



I'll have one or two of these lying around, that I never ever ever use and could "lend" for a good few months. may even have a bunch of blades.
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From:tatjna
Date:October 4th, 2012 09:59 pm (UTC)
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You realise that if I have these things in my house I will have entirely become my Dad?
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From:vernacularity
Date:October 4th, 2012 10:25 pm (UTC)
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I'm struggling to see the down side.

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From:tatjna
Date:October 4th, 2012 10:00 pm (UTC)
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The balcony's been the drying space for a few things now, but it does have the bird poo/insect/city crud problem. The office would be ok.. must get onto that.

Can I have some money please?
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From:plantgirl
Date:October 4th, 2012 11:53 pm (UTC)
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Oooh, baby, I love your clamps!

I currently have enough space (and am an intermittent enough Maker) to tuck stuff away between projects if I want to.

America is the land of houses with garages. I think those who are frequent Makers choose those as options, which takes care of a lot of the messier projects. There are also things here like the Tech Shop. So it's clear to me that what you need to do is open your own Tech Shop. :)

Trying to be a maker in a small condo with only a balcony is just hard. I suspect you're either going to give up the pretense that it won't take over your house, or give up (or temporarily re-home) some of your projects & the supplies for them.

Edited at 2012-10-04 11:53 pm (UTC)
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From:tatjna
Date:October 5th, 2012 12:41 am (UTC)
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Oh yeah, we have those. We call them maker spaces - but you have to pay to keep a space for leaving your work out, and then I'd have to leave the house to do it. Part of the fun is being able to chat with Dr Wheel and the YoT while working.

Although, I'm eyeballing the YoT's bedroom for after he leaves home. So clearly I'm not that attached to chatting with him....

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From:laughingmagpie
Date:October 5th, 2012 02:50 pm (UTC)
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I am lucky in many respects... one of them is that I have space. Living in the suburbs in a sprawling Canadian city, no children, I've got a spare room for the sewing room, the unfinished basement for messy stuff, a yard for spray-painting, and the garage for stuff too toxic for the cat (like spray paint) for when it's too cold to be in the yard.

But I could use better organization, especially in the basement workspace. A real table instead of the plastic yard table, more shelves and drawers, a sink, etc -- that would be better. I seem to always be sitting on the floor for some reason too. My sewing room is pretty good now, but it's a constant battle against entropy, even with a luxurious space.

* The hard part about that 'but I might use it one day' argument is that for me, it's often true. I get obsessed with making *thing* and when I need *specific bit of stuff*, it turns out I have it because of 'but I might use it one day'. So, um, yeah.

Ha - I totally get this! And then, when it turns out I already have the thing, I'm all pleased because then it's like it doesn't count towards the project's budget. It's like it's free! Woohoo!

I am envious of your clamps. I really need something like those.

I was going to suggest a Makerspace too. But I agree, they aren't really a solution for organization/space at home, more for when you just have a specific need for tools or skills you don't have at home - like for slicing wee tiny pieces of wood? We just got one here and I've been meaning to check it out.
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From:tatjna
Date:October 9th, 2012 07:03 pm (UTC)
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OMG a sink! Yes! My imaginary-but-possible-in-the-future-time craft space just got one of those too...
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From:tatjna
Date:October 9th, 2012 07:01 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, I kind of draw the line at paying for a space for what is essentially just a hobby, so I'm doing pretty much the same as you. We cleared a corner of the room and between that and the table I can do my work and it's ok as long as I keep it relatively tidy.

One day.. one day I shall have a whole room and it will be awesome!
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