Minimizing, De-Cluttering, and Simplifying The Workshop

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Blog series by handsawgeek updated 02-01-2019 03:11 PM 9 parts 14740 reads 34 comments total

Part 1: handsawgeek's abrasive attitude....

02-05-2018 02:57 PM by handsawgeek | 5 comments »

This weekend, as part of the monumental task of trying to get the woodshop organized, I decided to tackle the ol’ drawer fulla sandpaper.What a horrendous mess!Why have I saved all of these little scraps of used sandpaper and emery cloth?Some of this stuff dates back to 1974!After taking this cel phone ‘glamour’ shot, it all got swept up and relegated to the dust bin.The remaining sandpaper stock, consisting of full, unused sheets sorted by grit, takes up only a small co...

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Part 2: The Oft-Used-Tool Holder

02-06-2018 02:21 PM by handsawgeek | 5 comments »

Before heading to the wood storage area to do some cleanup and organization, I made a quick stop at the workbench.What are the tools that I always reach for first and most often when working on any given project? The list includes those which I like to have ready at hand without wasting valuable shop time searching or rummaging for them: Try squareMarking knifePencil Scratch awl12” steel rulePhillips screwdriverFlat blade screwdriverShorty Phillips screwdriverShorty flat blade screwdr...

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Part 3: And Now…The Rest Of The Tools…..

02-08-2018 02:15 PM by handsawgeek | 2 comments »

A few days ago, I set out to take care of the handsawgeek stock, cutoff, and scrap wood storage area, but as is my wont, I never made it there, even though it is mere steps from the workbench. Instead, I remained at the workbench to do a tool inventory and assessment. Last night, I had a good block of shop time available, so I began pulling out every woodworking hand tool I own and laying the entire collection out in plain view on a table away from the main workbench. Then, one by ...

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Part 4: A Place For Everything, And Everything In Its Place.

02-09-2018 02:31 PM by handsawgeek | 4 comments »

This phrase pretty much sums up the de-clutterer/organizer’s mantra. Last night, I spent time in the shop finding the best storage spots for all of the woodworking tools that were placed in the ‘essential’ and ‘secondary’ tool piles the night before. All of these items readily fit around and under the workbench. An 11” shelf was installed under the bench top to hold the hand planes, chisel sets, and various wooden cigar boxes holding all of the smaller tools and auger bits. Larger ...

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Part 5: The ‘Fixer-Upper’ Box

02-12-2018 02:22 PM by handsawgeek | 4 comments »

With the main workbench all organized and ‘project -ready’, it’s now time to turn attention to the remaining collection of tools gracing the handsawgeek shop. These are the ones that found themselves in the Refurbish, Sentimental-Attachment, or Destined-For Yard-Sale piles. In reality, this pile of tools isn’t as big as I originally thought. It is large enough to spread out across the entire workbench, though. The first group to organize is the ‘Refurbish’ tools.Before the s...

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Part 6: How Much Wood Can A Wood-Chucker Chuck.....

02-20-2018 03:21 PM by handsawgeek | 3 comments »

About half. This week in the handsawgeek shop, it was time for thinning out the ol’ wood pile. And what a mess ‘twas.Donning my old leather work gloves, and cranking up some Joe Satriani on the stereo, I pulled out every single piece of stock I own, examined it, and placed it in either a ‘save’ or ‘pitch’ pile.It’s amazing how many old, twisted, nasty boards have found their way into the shop over the years. Most of it was dumpster-dove dimensiona...

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Part 7: Out With The Old - In With The New...

01-30-2019 04:22 PM by handsawgeek | 2 comments »

Hi, LJrs! The latter part of January has seen a substantial amount of time spent in the handsawgeek shop.There have been no woodworking projects going on.There has been no tool refurbishing or sharpening happening.There have not even been any woodworking project plans drawn up. Instead, that time has been spent in doing a major – and I mean MAJOR – re-model and renovation of the shop. Mrs. handsawgeek and I have decided that the present shop – filled with mis-matche...

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Part 8: Shop Buildin’ Progress

01-31-2019 02:22 PM by handsawgeek | 1 comment »

Now that the shop space is cleared and cleaned out, it’s time to grab some tools and start building all that new shop furniture.Here is the first of the three storage cabinets, completed and moved to its spot in the corner. As I suspected, the unit is extremely well designed and sturdy, even though it took over an hour and about a million screws to assemble it. I particularly like the adjustable feet at the bottom to facilitate with leveling.The cabinet is 5’5” tall, 24” wide and 18” ...

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Part 9: Final Touches

02-01-2019 03:11 PM by handsawgeek | 8 comments »

Work on the new handsawgeek shop is progressing nicely, now that the ’heavy construction’ portion is completed.The next step is to add all the little features that will make the space ready for use – installing electrical power to the benches, a surface mat, proper task lighting, and of course, an operational small stereo system. A calendar and a few family pictures hang on the pegboard along with a project clip board. I also mounted the small drill press on one end of the bench. ...

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