Shop Improvments #7: Sometimes its the little things that make a big difference

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Blog entry by sansoo22 posted 06-05-2020 04:27 AM 392 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Tonight I was sanding down some plane handles using up some of the disks from the ROS that weren’t trashed but not good enough for a big project. I have a shelf on my finishing supply rack I always toss these on. And no matter how many times I tell myself to get ALL the grits I need to finish the handles I ALWAYS get one at a time and walk from the bench to the supply rack.

Here is the mess I sort through and why I wanted to solve it.

I’m not super stingy with sand paper like some. I start each project I’m breaking out the ROS for with fresh paper and toss it on this shelf when I’m done for hand sanding curves and what not. The problem is its unsorted, I grab one at a time like a bone head, or if the overhead door is open the wind blows these all over the shop.

So after many hours on extreme problem solving I came up with this…actually it was like 5 min of thinking I’m an idiot for not doing this sooner.

Tada a simple tray…yep its just a drawer box without all the other drawer bits

Look at all of them in there happy and protected from the wind. No longer shall mother nature scatter these brethren to all corners of the shops and underneath of benches where the dreaded spiders live.

That took all of 20 minutes to do. By the time the compressor was done yelling at me for being woken up I had my pieces cut. Some painters tape, glue, brad nails and one of life’s worst problems was solved.

Now I can grab the stupid tray, and have all my sand paper friends at the bench with me in one trip. Like I said sometimes its the little things that seem to make a big difference.

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