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Forum topic by revwarguy posted 08-21-2019 06:22 PM 594 views 0 times favorited 17 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-21-2019 06:22 PM

Anyone else besides me notice this disturbing trend in the time spent in the workshop?

-- "72.6 per cent of all statistics are made up on the spot." - Steven Wright

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#1 posted 08-21-2019 07:17 PM

Accurate for me except for the Youtube part. That pie piece is planning to be in the shop but it is too “insert east coast weather extreme here” to actually accomplish anything.

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Jim Jakosh

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#2 posted 08-21-2019 08:55 PM

I have all of those except the looking for tools is way smaller. I made a place for them all and I put them back and pull them out all the time and it cut way down on my looking.

Cheers, Jim

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

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#3 posted 08-21-2019 10:46 PM

I’m really good about putting my tools back where they go.
What I have trouble with is remembering why I walked across the shop in the first place.
I’m slowly turning into my father!

-- When you leave your shop for the night, make sure you can always count to 10.

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#4 posted 08-21-2019 11:44 PM

pretty accurate for me too except i dont watch you tube video’s in the shop,that’s what i get paid at work to do-lol. hey i work at a lumber company so it’s considered research-right!

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#5 posted 08-22-2019 01:37 AM

Most of that blue time is looking for the tape measure I just put down. Had 4 of them down to 1 now.

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#6 posted 08-22-2019 02:03 AM

This year my productivity is really going down. I used to actually work in the shop, now it is a place to go. I have that problem of turning around to get a tool, then trying to remember why I turned around. Doctor told me I needed a sleep test, went to have the test and could not sleep.

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#7 posted 08-22-2019 02:37 AM

Seems to be pretty much correct for my shop. I am with corelz125, tape measures like to hide from me. Mel

-- MEL, Kansas

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Jim Finn

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#8 posted 08-22-2019 03:37 AM

I have worked with tools for well over 40 years and learned 35 years ago to put things back where they belong. I was spending 10 minutes to find a tool I used for less than 1/2 minute! No longer an issue for me but I know the problem.

-- No PHD just a DD214

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#9 posted 08-22-2019 03:47 AM

Looks rather accurate right now, which is why I’m building a Miter Saw station that will have several Kaizen foam for easy putback of tools so I Don’t have to keep looking for them. lol.

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#10 posted 08-22-2019 09:38 AM

Seems accurate for me as well. Only thing missing is the section where life interrupts the tool search. LOL. I guess it’s all about focus and my S.O. tells me that I spend too much time analyzing my next move.
her favorite words are “Just do it”, and goes back to her book.

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#11 posted 08-22-2019 11:46 AM

my problem is looking for a tape measure then using it,leaving it on the floor and steping on it and breaking it. thats why I buy all I can find at yard sales.

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#12 posted 08-22-2019 04:30 PM

I have worked with tools for well over 40 years and learned 35 years ago to put things back where they belong. I was spending 10 minutes to find a tool I used for less than 1/2 minute! No longer an issue for me but I know the problem.

- Jim Finn

That assumes that your tools are arranged logically enough that where something belongs is where your brain thinks it belongs and remembers to look for it. Mine are not. Putting the 3/8” widget away along with all of the other size widgets today does not mean that I will not go in tomorrow and be unable to find any of the widgets.

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#13 posted 08-22-2019 05:19 PM

Change u tube to lumberjacks.

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#14 posted 08-22-2019 05:30 PM

You didn’t put a pie peice for cleaning up or picking up after yourself. Between each stage of the wood projects, I put put away tools I don’t need right away. I find myself also vacuuming the equipment and floors. Also I clean up before I leave the shop at the end of the day. My friends always comment how clean I keep the shop, but I seem to have scrap wood all over. I also seem to spend more time re-evaluating plans, even in the middle of a project. My wife does most of the staining and finishing so I can continue to the next stage of the project or start the next project.

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#15 posted 08-22-2019 05:35 PM

For me, divide YouTube pie again, part YouTube, part lumberjocks. I’ve been getting better at cutting down the blue pie with better organization. As an example, the shop built stand for the Dewalt 745 table saw has built in holders for the tape measure, adjustable square, blade setting gauge, a pencil, two push sticks and a paintbrush to sweep away sawdust. Helluva lot easier to keep track of ‘em now.

-- OleGrump

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