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Forum topic by rhybeka posted 11-24-2018 01:01 PM 678 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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rhybeka

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11-24-2018 01:01 PM

Topic tags/keywords: books storage workshop

Like most woodworkers I’ve managed to amass a fairly decent sized collection of books and magazines over the past 10 years. I’m in the process of moving into a new/smaller shop, and I’m debating about how to store these for the best quick reference and least amount of dust accrual. Do you all find regular shelving works best? Or are there specific locations in the shop that seem to work better than others?

-- Beka/Becky - aspiring jill of all trades, still learning to not read the directions.


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bondogaposis

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#1 posted 11-24-2018 01:57 PM

I keep mine in the house and only bring out to the shop the book I am using.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#2 posted 11-24-2018 03:05 PM

Beka mine are in the house on book shelves. The shelves are 3’x18” deep. Two are for hard backs and two have fine woodworking on them in magazine holders. Top shelve has diving helmets,toys and krampus. Fourth shelve has lego minifigures about 100ish. Then I have a lnother book shelve that has cookbooks and other toys(fallout&rick and morty). I keep inside so I don’t screw them up which is a very good possibility.

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Dark_Lightning

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#3 posted 11-24-2018 03:05 PM

I built a book case using knotty pine that I put most of my books on. Dust is an issue, but not too bad. I need to build another book case, but I don’t know where I’d put it.

-- Random Orbital Nailer

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#4 posted 11-24-2018 03:23 PM

All of my magazines and soft cover books have been scanned and OCRd to make them searchable. I use a utility knife to slice off the spine and a Fujitsu scanner that can do both sides of about 20 sheets at a time so it only takes a few minutes to do an entire book. Any new books I buy are ebooks if available.

Being able to search an entire collection of magazines like FWW going back to 1975 is a huge benefit.

-- Knowledge is not skill. Knowledge plus ten thousand times is skill. -- Shinichi Suzuki

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ColonelTravis

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#5 posted 11-24-2018 07:32 PM

On a hard drive

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WoodenDreams

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#6 posted 11-24-2018 08:56 PM

I keep all books & magazines in a book shelf, in my office. I do keep a 3-ring folder in the shop, which contains drafts, schematics and material requirement sheets for my projects. also a pricing index from my three suppliers.

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diverlloyd

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#7 posted 11-24-2018 09:49 PM



All of my magazines and soft cover books have been scanned and OCRd to make them searchable. I use a utility knife to slice off the spine and a Fujitsu scanner that can do both sides of about 20 sheets at a time so it only takes a few minutes to do an entire book. Any new books I buy are ebooks if available.

Being able to search an entire collection of magazines like FWW going back to 1975 is a huge benefit.

- Rich

Do you not have the fww index book? It’s nice and makes the magazine collection fully searchable.

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PPBart

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#8 posted 11-24-2018 10:10 PM

I don’t keep many books or magazines in the shop— too dusty and humid. They are kept in my home office, or on my iPad.

-- PPBart

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Rich

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#9 posted 11-24-2018 10:12 PM


Do you not have the fww index book? It s nice and makes the magazine collection fully searchable.

- diverlloyd

No, why would I want that when I can do a full search of all of the text in hundreds of magazines and books in a matter of seconds?

Besides, it’s not just FWW, but I have complete, or almost complete, collections of PW, Wood, Woodsmith, Shopnotes, and several others.

-- Knowledge is not skill. Knowledge plus ten thousand times is skill. -- Shinichi Suzuki

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Andre

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#10 posted 11-24-2018 10:18 PM

Only have 5, that’s all James wrote! Safe on a special shelf in the Library.
Would Darrell Peart, Greene & Greene Design elements in soft cover count?

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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diverlloyd

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#11 posted 11-24-2018 11:58 PM


Do you not have the fww index book? It s nice and makes the magazine collection fully searchable.

- diverlloyd

No, why would I want that when I can do a full search of all of the text in hundreds of magazines and books in a matter of seconds?

Besides, it s not just FWW, but I have complete, or almost complete, collections of PW, Wood, Woodsmith, Shopnotes, and several others.

- Rich

It makes the set complete. I’m glad you can search by text but you do miss out on information. Like looking up a word in the dictionary. If you find your word and read the above and below words you just learned 300% more then when you started. I understand the convenience of having it on the computer but it’s really nice to get up off the couch,walk over to the book shelve and not be stuck behind a screen. To each his own I guess. I just enjoy having the book or magazine in hand.

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rhybeka

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#12 posted 11-25-2018 12:39 AM

Thanks all! Pretty sure I’ll end up storing a few books out there so I’m not running back and forth. putting some them in PDF/OCR is another idea. I already spiral bound a few of my paperbacks so they lay flat. Don’t want to do that to my hardbound ones :)

-- Beka/Becky - aspiring jill of all trades, still learning to not read the directions.

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