Shop Clean Up

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Blog entry by Chris McDowell posted 04-28-2013 10:01 PM 1333 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife is 38 days from her due date. She is in cleaning mode and wants everything clean, including the garage. So saturday I spent time cleaning up. We have already gotten rid of a ton of stuff. We brought a ton to the salvation army and had a garage sale and I recently got rid of some stuff on craig’s list.

I basically swept, vacuumed, reorganized everything.



It still looks more like a garage than a shop, but I will fill it up with more tools one day. I also need to build a bench along the back wall with storage underneath and french cleat system above.

I also got a piece of hardboard to put on my worktable. I have been using two 2×4 pieces of OSB that I got for free from a garage sale. It’s hard to clean sawdust off of, I get splinters from it, and anytime I am working on anything made from soft wood, like pine from the home store, the side facing down on the table gets all kinds of dents from the OSB. A 4×8 piece of hardboard was only $7 and some change at Home Depot. I had them cut it in half. Half went on the table; the other half I will use to make some templates for some of the projects that I plan on batching out.

Table top before:

Table top after:

It looks so much better. So much nicer looking (and feeling) than the ugly OSB. It’s amazing how much 7$ did to improve my day.

-- Chris, , FACEBOOK: , Proverbs 16:9

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#1 posted 04-28-2013 10:53 PM

Gotta love a clean shop.

-- I never finish anyth

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#2 posted 04-28-2013 11:18 PM

Looks like a good clean up to me. The little things can transform things in such big ways sometimes.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#3 posted 04-29-2013 12:52 AM

Clean is always good. And a flat smooth benchtop is much better than the osb. Now put some wax or finish on it and remember to do the edges to protect from moisture. Enjoy and best of luck with the upcoming arrival!

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

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#4 posted 04-29-2013 03:41 AM

OSB is the devil’s work!
Your top looks tons better and good job on the spring clean… are waaayyy ahead of me
You might not see your shop for a few months when your child is born

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"

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Chris McDowell

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#5 posted 04-29-2013 01:12 PM

gfadvm: thanks for the tip about waxing the top. I didn’t know to do that.

twokids: this will be my 2nd kid. I already don’t see the shop as much as I would like with only 1 kid!

-- Chris, , FACEBOOK: , Proverbs 16:9

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#6 posted 05-05-2013 02:15 AM

Cliff, if you ever come to Grand Rapids, Mich., look me up and I’ll take you to Steelcase employee sales where you can buy these nice laminate covered tops “1 to 1 3/8” thick for $1 to $5….........Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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Chris McDowell

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#7 posted 05-05-2013 11:21 AM

Jim, I’ve actually been to Michigan once, but it was for a layover at the Detroit airport. Those tops sound like a steal, though.

-- Chris, , FACEBOOK: , Proverbs 16:9

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