Rearranging Hardware and the Shop As an Evolving Machine for Making

This Adam Savage video is short and sweet — he basically is rearranging two shelves of nuts and washers on his hardware shelves. But Adam being Adam, he spins this into a greater message about what he calls the “evolving machinery of the shop.”

Adam talks about how it has taken him a while to realize (and do something about the fact) that the main hardware he consistently accesses on these shelves is at the bottom. For years, he has moved everything aside to access these lower shelves before he had the ah-ha that he could just move these rows up above the objects stored in front of them.

We’ve all been there. We spend weeks, years (even decades) dealing with some weakness in our shop layout before we finally break down and do something about it. I am the king of going forever, constantly overcoming some annoyance, over and over again, before I finally take an hour or two (or a day, or whatever) to properly address the problem. Then I feel like a fool for having gone so long trying to make pretend the problem never existed.


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