Workshop Do Over #3: Cleaning House

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Blog entry by Ken Fitzpatrick posted 05-10-2011 10:08 PM 4345 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 2: First we clean up and draw the plans Part 3 of Workshop Do Over series Part 4: Life interrupts »

Well I figured I better give a quick update. Our plan forward is to get rid of everything that will not stay. Guess I’ve been a bit of a pack rat over the last few years and it is time to give it up. My utility trailer is loaded for the second time and will hit the landfill at 8 tomorrow morning. We have a lot of recycle piles there so please don’t think we aren’t doing that because we are. I’m even getting rid of the old tools I don’t use anymore by donating them on craigslist.

My first shp was outfitted with a Shopsmith Mark V that was given to me by my father-in-law in 1975. He had used it since he received it as a Christmas gift in 1954. I used it exclusively until 2002 when I started outfitting my dream shop for retirement. One year my wife even bought me a bunch of new parts for the Mark V including a brand new motor that never got installed since the other kept running like a Swiss watch until the day it left. A craigslist post ended up with a new woodworker and his buddy coming by to load it up. He was so excited I didn’t have the heart to take any money from him. I wished him many years of woodworking, gave him all my shop smith tools, parts, books etc and opened up the first corner on this do over.

For those of you who’s first thought is why didn’t I pass it on to Tyler, you must know his eyes are more focussed on all the new stuff in the shop. He will be spending at least a day a week over here once school let’s out.

I took a few shot today that still look cluttered but I finish today’s post with a good feeling that we are making progress.

-- • "I have noticed that nothing I have never said ever did me any harm."....... Calvin Coolidge

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#1 posted 05-11-2011 09:47 AM

Yeah, I have the same problem and really need the room some of the stuff is taking up too. I will definitely have to do some cleaning up as well. Good luck in your continuing cleaning up.

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#2 posted 05-12-2011 03:06 PM

It is great to watch this Ken. No matter how small the progress may seem, you yourself can see how much you are accomplishing. Sometimes just by sorting through things and taking inventory makes us aware of things that were forgotten.

It is wonderful that you are donating things on Craig’s List too. I am sure that the man who got your Shopsmith was very happy and grateful. It is nice to hear that there are still people like you who are just happy to see things they no longer need go to a new home and be used and appreciated.

Keep going! I enjoy seeing the progress a lot!

Sheila ;)

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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Ken Fitzpatrick

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#3 posted 05-12-2011 09:31 PM

Thanks for the encouragement Sheila and Erwin. Getting a few more things done each day. Have a rolling scaffolding in the storage side that is loaded with rough wood that will be moved to its’ home rack after dinner this evening. Then I can use the scaffolding to put in the pot lights for the 12 X 12 addtion. Then the scaffolding can go up on the wall racks that I installed to store them when not being used. I think it was a mistake to missuse it in the first place because all it did was clutter my storage area and make it difficult to get around. Next the insulation then the sheet rock for the ceiling. Gonna try and finish that in the next week or so. With all this great weather it is hard to be inside doing this but I keep the big doors and windows open so it’s almost like being outside.

-- • "I have noticed that nothing I have never said ever did me any harm."....... Calvin Coolidge

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