Cleaning up the shop

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Blog entry by BillGo posted 12-20-2020 05:51 PM 676 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I am new to the LJ forum. I am still exploring the site and the layout… Looking over the shops, I thought it would be good to add mine. I started taking a few pictures, and a few things stood out. I had several areas of clutter and “nests” that have been bugging me for some time now… Trying to take a picture motivated me to clean up a couple of those areas. I wish I had take a before and after picture, but I dug in and started cleaning up… I spent most of the evening last night going through the clutter on one of my workspaces and restoring it to full capacity again. What started out as being self conscious about the mess, ended up giving me back full use of that work surface, and a nice sense of accomplishment, bu motivating me to take on one of those little side projects I never get around to…

Thanks Lumberjocks for giving me back my project assembly and finishing table! There are parts of that work surface I have not seen for 20 years! :-)

-- Bill - in New Hampshire

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#1 posted 12-20-2020 06:10 PM

Cleaning is overrated. A fun shop is a messy shop!

For safeties sake please put a Zero Clearance Insert on that saw ASAP!

-- The hump with the stump and the pump!

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#2 posted 12-20-2020 06:13 PM

Don’t overlook Bill’s shop floor.

-- You know, this site doesn't require woodworking skills, but you should know how to write.

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#3 posted 12-20-2020 09:58 PM

@phil32. The floor is clean! It was I painted it before i started using it, but over time the paint has been steadily peeling. Not sure what I did wrong. Something wrong with the acid wash, too soon on the new concrete… I have so much in there now, I don’t want to redo it (see comment 1)... :-)

-- Bill - in New Hampshire

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#4 posted 12-21-2020 01:40 PM

Nice to be clean. I work less effectively in a messy shop and it dampens my creativity and mental edge.

To each their own, but I have long ago gotten rid of the “hardware bins” that hang on walls or racks. I don’t use enough hardware to make them essential and I found that they are dust collectors in the worst way.

The only hardware I reliably use are figure 8 washers, the crews to install them and shelf support pins. I do have to break out the screw boxes when making cabinets or jigs, but that is so rare I would rather have them sitting in the box until I need them. I have a big chuck of hardware for construction (lag bolts, simpson fasteners, nails etc) that generally stays in a cabinet until I decide to toss it as it is not enough for the next job…or I am never doing that type of work again etc.

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#5 posted 12-22-2020 03:30 AM

@BlueRidgeDog I am so glad you posted that about the “hardware bins”. I put those in so many years ago, and you are right. They are total dust collectors, and I don’t use them often enough to justify them I am sure… I will rethink the way I use that space and see if I can come up with something better.

Sometimes, we just get into a rut and don’t rethink the solutions we came up with “back in the day”...

-- Bill - in New Hampshire

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#7 posted 12-25-2020 07:27 PM

My friends give me a hard time for always cleaning my shop. But I’m more inspired to work when everything is accessible and tidy. Then I make another mess to clean up, it’s a viscous cycle! Cheers

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#8 posted 12-25-2020 07:48 PM

I am not an organized person but after a build, sometimes in the middle, I do a thorough picking up. It just makes me feel better next time I go out there.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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