shop clean up

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Blog entry by Michaelgurrado posted 07-17-2014 03:30 AM 1458 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I really like having a clean and organized shop space, unfortunately that is very to maintain in a small space. As clean as i keep my shop it always manages to get dusty, messy, unorganized and i end up misplacing everything. I usually like to spend sometime when i am done in my shop to clean up but sometimes time gets away from me and other obligations come up. when this happens i end up having to clean up my shop very late at night when i am really exhausted and tired.

Because i share my shop space with cars i end up having to break down a lot of my tools and equipment and store them where they wont be in the way. The more and more tools i get the harder it is to maintain my shop space and keep it clean. I think its time for the cars to stay outside the shop.

I also think its time to start figuring out a better dust collection, because these late night clean ups are killing me.

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#1 posted 07-17-2014 08:06 AM

I feel your pain. Because my “shop” has to be moved from the closet to the patio whenever I’m working on something, I have to spend at least an hour vacuuming, blowing, vacuuming some more; sweeping, vacuuming once more and then, for good measure, hosing down the deck so neither the dog nor the CEO end up with splinters in their damn feet.

I need a garage!

-- May the good Lord help me if I ever actually have a shop, garage or basement.

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#2 posted 07-17-2014 08:33 AM

Get used to it !! my place is the same, roll everything out use the machines use them as required blow off the dust, preserve the surfaces and then roll back inside again.

No possible ability to improve whilst at my current residence, no possible chance of moving, so accept the situation and continue on.

An effective dust collection ststem is a must for both yourself and the area.

Have a look at my home made system anybody can do it.

-- Regards Rob

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#3 posted 07-17-2014 01:42 PM

Glad to know I’m not alone. I’m in the same boat. In the 6 weeks since we had our second baby arrive, I’ve had one evening in the garage for 30 minutes and I spent it all picking up after the last few projects. And I’m about 1/3 done.

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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#4 posted 07-17-2014 01:48 PM

Keeping a shop clean takes a lot of time but it has to be done. If it isn’t it will just waste your time anyways. However, it’s nice to work in a clean shop so it pays off I think. When I say clean I mean clean and organized enough to work in safely and without being a fire hazard. It doesn’t need to be spotless.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#5 posted 07-17-2014 08:36 PM

Don’t worry the age of humanoid robots is dawning. Soon you will have an assistant to do all unfun work. just don’t teach it any woodworking!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#6 posted 07-18-2014 07:10 AM

Woah thats scary stuff Mike do you know something we do not?

I could just imagine Bi Centenial Man making lots of Clocks in my drive way!!

-- Regards Rob

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