dust stuff #4: Shop cleaning

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Blog entry by JoeyG posted 04-03-2012 02:20 PM 11016 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 3: bookcases are almost done Part 4 of dust stuff series Part 5: shop clean up »

Well I have finished the bookcases and as you all could see from my shop pics, it is dire need of some cleaning. In order to do that I need to pull everything out into the driveway and then clean away. I am sure once I get started but I am not looking forward to getting all dirty and dusty. Do others have this problem? I love it when my shop is clean and organized but I hate getting it that way. The good thing is that it looks like I will only have small projects for a little while so I should be able to keep it clean. I hope. LOL I think mainly I am just tired. Not physically tired neither the build nor the install on the bookcases was really difficult, it was just a little stressful. Now without that drive to meet my deadline my drive went bye-bye. I think I will just relax the rest of the morning and maybe head out and do a little this afternoon, kind of figure out where I want to put everything back. I know from building the bookcases I need to redo the layout of some of my tools so that the shop work flows better. I spent to much time moving the big tools around to use them.

I am just rambling trying to talk myself into getting the shop clean. I guess that is enough procrastination for now. If I am willing and able to get it clean and organized, I will be sure to update my shop photos.

I hope everyone is having a more productive day than I am.

-- JoeyG ~~~

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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 04-03-2012 02:26 PM

My shop is a disaster but swamped right now. It will get a major overhaul probably late May or early June. Enjoy your day.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 04-03-2012 05:18 PM


Sorta’ like a trip to the restroom. That project’s not done till the paperwork’s done.

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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#3 posted 04-03-2012 07:31 PM

Hey Joey,
Cleaning up is never fun. It sure looks good when your done though. My problem is the dust, but if I know where everything is, then it’s organized. I’m in the middle of making some boxes for consignment at a local shop ( 9 of them ) I’ll post them when I’m done. Have a good day & good luck re-organizing and cleaning up.

-- Don't waste today, it is yesterdays tomorrow!~SisQMark

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#4 posted 04-03-2012 07:46 PM

Hey Mark, I use that one too. If I know where it is the it’s were it’s supposed to be. The only problem is that everything is packed up in tool bags from the install. So while I may know where everything is, I cannot use it easily. Oh well, you can’t win them all. I think I will just clean and organize tomorrow. LOL

congrats on the consignments. I have some to work on for that same reason myself. I’ve been putting it off so that I could finish the bookcases. I did take the time to make the two cross boxes, but I need to rotate those out.

Any who, have a great evening.

-- JoeyG ~~~

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#5 posted 04-03-2012 09:49 PM

My shop is pretty cramped with all the large machines in there. Everything except one bandsaw is mounted on wheels to make it easier to sweep and vacuum, but it is still a pain to clean and very easy to mess up. Larger shops are a lot easier to keep clean and in order. I do get lazy about keeping my shop in top form.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#6 posted 04-03-2012 10:02 PM

Joey, I have a vaccum system attached to all of my dust making equipment, it makes it easier. FOR EVREYONE who uses a shop-vac, go to Sears and get the Crafstman Power Adapter, $20, it turns your shop-vac on when you turn on your equipment! It is the greatest thing! My shop is in my basement, a sectioned off area of 10’W x 17’L x 7’H and it has to stay clean so I don’t track dust through the house.

Happy Building!

-- "Your Design or Mine!"

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#7 posted 04-04-2012 01:31 AM

Joey, I would drive you crazy. I’m one of those who has to clean up after every step. It really does work for me though as I can clean up while waiting for glue to dry or when I need a ‘thinking’ time. It’s not for everyone but it works for the OCD personality!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#8 posted 04-04-2012 01:37 AM

I can do that sometimes Andy, but usually when I have panels or boxes glued up then I am working on stiles and rails or lids. There is always something more important to do. Then at some point I usually find myself taking more time looking for things and decide to clean up. I usually try to sweep every couple of days as needed, but with these bookcases the one time I tried to move them around to clean I dinged one and had to fix it. After that I decided the best time to clean would be when they were out of my shop.

If anyone is interested I did not clean my shop today. I took the entire day for myself and did nothing but take a walk and watch movies. My kids are on spring break with their grandparents and I figured I had better take advantage of the empty house. It was wonderful. Tomorrow, I will clean tomorrow.

-- JoeyG ~~~

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#9 posted 04-04-2012 12:12 PM

It’s inevitable that shops are gonna get messed up, dusty, with an array o tools spread all over the place while doin a project. I do what I can to keep things a lil clean while workin on a project with dust collection, etc. After a build, and before I finish, (since I don’t have a dedicated finish area), I’ll do a lil better thorough cleaning. Then, after the finish process is done, it’s easy to get started with a new project right away

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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