The American Craftsman WorkShop #10: Reorganizing the Shop - Again!

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Blog entry by Todd A. Clippinger posted 10-06-2009 05:34 PM 2719 reads 0 times favorited 28 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 9: New Shop Lighting Part 10 of The American Craftsman WorkShop series Part 11: Shop Reorganization - Day 2 »

First Snow!

Yesterday we woke up to the first snow of the season. We ended up officially receiving 4.6” but it has mostly melted off by this morning.

First Snow 5 Oct 2009 - 1

Rita’s garden is looking pretty sad. You may be wondering, and the answer is “yes.” That is a genuine outhouse but the pit has been filled and it is used as a small gardening tool shed. Putting new shakes on the roof is on my honey-do list.

First Snow 5 Oct 2009 - 2

On to the shop…

I started working yesterday and I got one of those stray thoughts going about how I needed to move a couple of things around. The next thing I know, I have set my work aside and have torn into moving things around for a better organized shop.

Moving the crap around

I decided to move the compressor to another location and when I took down the mounted hose reel I was left with a scarred wall. Yesterday I did the patch work and today I will paint. The steel shelving unit that holds the fasteners will sit in the spot left of the electrical panel. It makes more sense to keep the fasteners close to me where I use them.

Wall Repair

I got one end of the room organized, but now I need to figure out where to hang my clamps. Thoughts of organizing the clamps is actually what started it all. I never use the double doors out the end of the shop so I may remove them because I could use solid wall real estate more at this time.

It does not look like I have done much yet, but the shelving with finishes and stain is in place and organized. All the mobile tools are parked against the wall. I will paint the other wall and get the fasteners shelving in place today.

One End Organized

Peace, Love, & Woodworking

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#1 posted 10-06-2009 05:41 PM

...and I thought it was getting cold here in California! Your shop looks great! ...well not the Todd shop we have seen in your past pictures and videos, it looks our shops! ; ) I’m with you though, when things are where they are handy and organized life seems to just be better and working seems easier…

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#2 posted 10-06-2009 05:51 PM

dang, snow already!

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#3 posted 10-06-2009 06:04 PM

Hey Todd… you got alot of “stuff” to move around. Throw some of that stuff out :^)

What I think is funny about a clean-up is you feel like your re-organized, then you look for that one tool you haven’t used in a while and its not where it used to be.

Nothing like a little gestalt!!!!

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#4 posted 10-06-2009 06:07 PM

How on earth do you get this stuff organized in less than a year?!

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#5 posted 10-06-2009 06:40 PM

another winter draws near then dam…............

-- cut it saw it scrap it SKPE: ANDREW.CARTER69

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#6 posted 10-06-2009 06:43 PM

When you are finished cleaning up there, it is warmer in Flatonia (93 degrees today) and I have about 2200 sq ft that could use some cleaning and organizing. :-)

As for your clamps, I used to hang my on the end of the metal shelving units, until I acquired too many, then I built a 4 foot long wall bracket that most of them still hang on today. Basically its a 4” wide board that I drilled 3/4” holes in every 3 inches or so and elongated the holes, so that the clamps slide in.

Now I get tired of walking over to the wall to get the clamps, so I’m rebuilding my assembly table to house some of the most used clamps directly under the table top. They slide in from either end.

I’ll have to get some pictures and post them.

-- James

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#7 posted 10-06-2009 07:29 PM

As a coastal Californian I get SO jealous whenever I see photos of snow. Then I show everybody a photo of my front yard on Christmas morning (80 deg and sunny) and I get yelled at.

Cool photos.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#8 posted 10-06-2009 07:38 PM

Do you mind if I ask a couple of questions.

1) Do you like the mobile base for your jointer? I’ve got an 8” grizzly and have been debating whether to just buy one.

2) it looks like there is a cut-out section in the drywall near your breaker box. Is this the result of a prior upgrade that hasn’t been painted, or is this some type of access you’ve left in place for future wiring upgrades.

Good luck with the re-org. I’m always doing that to try and fit everything and still manage to work. I’m sure its even more important as a pro when time is money.

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#9 posted 10-06-2009 07:38 PM

I am not ready for the snow this year guys. It makes my joints hurt more than before. But snuggling with the wife is good stuff to chase the cold away.

I might be interested in organizing someone’s shop in a warmer climate.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#10 posted 10-06-2009 07:41 PM

HokieMojo – I created a chase for future access when I need to change or add circuits. It sticks out a little further than the wall and has removable baltic birch panels to open up the chase.

I need to add a stick of trim on each side of it.

I have found this to be a smart move because I even had it open recently to add more lights in the shop.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#11 posted 10-06-2009 07:44 PM

Hokie – Missed the jointer base question.

I like the jointer base. It has proven to be stable enough when I work big boards and moves when I need it to. I purchased it from Grizzly too.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#12 posted 10-06-2009 07:47 PM

Give us your address Todd and let us know the time when your wife can snuggle with us. I’m guessing that with all of the LumberJocks, she will be very busy.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#13 posted 10-06-2009 07:52 PM


-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#14 posted 10-06-2009 07:58 PM

Better get those honey-do’s done or the wife will stop snuggling…LOL. In my case its the better half that likes moving things around…..she is better at organizing then I am….I usually put things on the shelves under my workbench…until it gets too full….then she comes in and tells me where they go…

I saw the weather…said you guys got snow….and that there is another northern express on its way….brrrrr….we get cold weather here…but snow is a treat…as it only falls here very seldom…time to work inside though….I am working on getting a nice wood burning stove for my new shop…will have to put up some insulation…and probably dry wall…work work work

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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#15 posted 10-06-2009 08:53 PM

Your shop is gorgeous! I just “re-organized” mine by putting a tool stand in the 4’7” between the washer and dryer and the automobile.

Thanks for showing us how to do things.

-- Rich, Seattle, WA

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