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Forum topic by AngieO posted 05-22-2013 02:42 AM 3662 views 0 times favorited 21 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-22-2013 02:42 AM

Today I had a million projects on my mind. But what I ended up doing was going out and cleaning and organizing the shop.

Here is the horrid BEFORE picture. It’s probably about as bad as it’s been so far. But I’m sure it’s not the last time it will be like this.

Notice on the right hand side of this picture… there are totes stacked up. There are quite a few behind the plywood and other stuff. Somewhere back there… there is an AC window unit. And a Christmas tree :)

And this picture doesn’t really do justice to how bad it actually was.

And now… here is what it looks like… after me moving everything all by myself to a storage unit… in my minivan.

And my reorganized wood pile… This is ALL lumber that I’ve received free. Most from pallets. But ALL free.

After this was all done we left for an awards ceremony for my kids, followed by dinner out. When I returned I went to the garage to put something away. It’s still such an AMAZING feeling walking into my shop.. I love it! A year ago I never would have thought I’d have all this. I know I’m repeating myself but it is absolutely amazing. What a feeling it is to walk in that door and see all those tools and that stack of wood. I feel truly blessed. Very grateful for the things that I have.

PS…. for anyone that’s followed my other posts…. did you notice a new tool (used, new to me) in the pic? :)

Slowly but surely I’m acquiring all the tools I have been wanting. Well… actually… it’s kinda been moving fast these last few months. Just been in the right place at the right time.

Oh… and look to the right of that jointer… I have a stack of poplar. Those boards are 2×8’s and 3×6’s. Guy was going to burn them. And he has quite a bit more. :)

Have a wonderful week out there. Hope you get to make some sawdust. I know that I need to go dirty up mine now that it’s clean so I’m sure I will be getting busy out there.

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#1 posted 05-22-2013 02:47 AM

Miss Angie you’re doing a wonderful job. Always great to have a space of your own.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 05-22-2013 02:51 AM

Nice clean up :)

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at

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#3 posted 05-22-2013 02:52 AM

Oh… and YES… I found the window AC! Now there is nothing covering it up and I can keep that garage cool when I need to. There are actually two units… but this is the only one that I know works.

This entire part of the shop on that wall was being used to store totes of… JUNK. Well… totes of Christmas stuff, a Christmas Tree and other things that just needed to be stored. I took them all to a garage at work to store them there. (LOVE my boss!)

Now I can walk around the entire workbench without squeezing through or tripping over something. LOVE IT!!!!!

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#4 posted 05-22-2013 02:52 AM

AngieO…..Looks great !!...Congrats on the “new” jointer

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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#5 posted 05-22-2013 02:53 AM

Angie. You never cease to amaze me ! I need you to come to my shop and do a little organizing.

-- Measure twice and cut once.....sneak up on it! Steve Lien

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#6 posted 05-22-2013 02:54 AM

Way to go!

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#7 posted 05-22-2013 03:44 AM

Fantastic job cleaning and organizing. Congrats on the jointer. Nice find.

-- Vicki on the Eastern Shore of MD

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#8 posted 05-22-2013 10:08 AM

Sometimes getting from “Point A” to “Point B” can be a bit painful. But once you’re there it can be SOOOOO NICE! Taking the time and effort to clean the shop can be pretty tedious, but in the end it’s always worth it to look back and compare the BEFORE to the AFTER

And unfortunately, I can tell you from experience, you’ll be doing this chore again. Because as soon as you realized you have so much room (and it’s clean and neat) you WILL add more “STUFF” to those spaces :-)

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#9 posted 05-22-2013 12:55 PM

Way to go Angie,

There is nothing as inspirational as sweeping out the last corner of the Shop on cleaning day.
It seems to unclutter the mind.

Your Sawdust Studio is coming together quite nicely.

Best Regards. – Grandpa Len.

Work Safely and have Fun.

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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#10 posted 05-22-2013 01:24 PM

A clean shop is a great motivator, of course messing it up with sawdust- – - – - PRICELESS

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#11 posted 05-22-2013 01:28 PM

Angie, I don’t have any doubt in my mind that you will get to where you are going. I like your shop and I believe that you will make the most of it.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#12 posted 05-22-2013 04:09 PM

Big improvement! Ready to mess it up again :) Yay!!

-- Dan

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#13 posted 05-22-2013 04:28 PM

Is that a spray painted Workmate bench holding up your planer? Good low-key colour (grey primer or flat white?). I’m thinking of doing similar.

-- Perfection is the difference between too much and not enough.

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#14 posted 05-22-2013 04:33 PM

Congratulations… looks great. I do that at least once very two weeks. I just cleaned mine yesterday… with 1,250 sf, I spend so much time cleaning, putting things away, and updating the studio that I usually have to hire someone so I can keep up on making things. I as well have thousands of projects rolling around in my head. But as I say.. what is a clean studio to have but to make messy over and over again.. I can turn a clean shop into a pigsty again in less than an hour.

-- " 'Truth' is like a beautiful flower, unique to each plant and to the season it blossoms ... 'Fact' is the root and leaf, allowing the plant grow and bloom again."

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#15 posted 05-22-2013 04:51 PM

Looks great Angie. There is nothing like working in a clean shop. I sometimes stop in the middle of a project and clean up the shop. Congrats on the jointer…you will love using it.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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