My Shop on 'Deep Clean' Cycle

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Blog entry by Blake posted 03-16-2008 10:29 PM 1324 reads 0 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well, here it is, Spring cleaning is over!

My bench area… clean and organized with the help of the new large under-bench drawer. Also notice the new chair that I am thrilled about.




Here’s the biggest new edition: An new lumber rack (old pizza rack) for horizontal storage. This was Tony’s suggestion. My lumber is no longer piled against the corner.




My machinery area: Everything got wheels! (including band saw and scroll saw) So it can be pushed in the corner when not being used. I generally find it is easier to keep things set up but this gives me the space I needed. I don’t use the scroll saw that often anyway. I also found a place for the new Ridgid Oscillating sander!




The dump pile: This is what left the shop! I love getting rid of stuff I don’t need and starting over. I applied the Immediate Use Rule here.

It’s been a huge improvement and feels like a fresh start. It also made the tiny shop feel way bigger. I’ll be updating my workshop photos soon. Hope you enjoyed!

-- Happy woodworking!

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#1 posted 03-16-2008 10:31 PM

Looks good, but if you are anything like me it will be messy again as soon as you start another project.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#2 posted 03-16-2008 10:34 PM

Probably true, Gary. But with each new re-organization I am finding it easier to clean after projects.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#3 posted 03-16-2008 10:39 PM

Well, good luck to you.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#4 posted 03-16-2008 10:49 PM

Blake, you make me sick. (I am the “before” that sets the bar.) (no offense pal)

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#5 posted 03-16-2008 11:09 PM

When I retired from my job, one of my main objectives was to organize, & cleanup my shop.

It’s going on 18 years now, & its as messy as ever.

I keep on making things though. That’s a lot more fun.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#6 posted 03-16-2008 11:26 PM

If Karson sees this, you may be taken off of his buddies list. This is one of those things that has to happen, but it’s like shoveling sand against the tide.

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#7 posted 03-16-2008 11:39 PM

If yer done Blake I have tickets for you to come up here and start mine. <g>
Better you than me, I can’t part with anything.


-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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#8 posted 03-17-2008 12:05 AM

Well done Blake, a big improvement in the corner. I do not remember the workshop being so untidy when we visited in January. It is looking good with most of the big machines on wheels it gives you so much more flexibility.

-- Tony - All things are possible, just some things are more difficult than others! - SKYPE: Heron2005 (

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Grant Davis

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#9 posted 03-17-2008 12:32 AM

Awesome job Blake, I think this is the inspiration I am needing to get off my duff and get started.

-- Grant...."GO BUCKEYES"

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#10 posted 03-17-2008 02:00 AM

I’m in the middle of my own shop clean up/face lift. I can’t wait to post the pictures. I’m hoping to be back in business by Thursday. Right know I just have to organize and clean a little more. I’m also waiting for a new saw, once that is in I’ll post. And this tiime I have the before pics.

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#11 posted 03-17-2008 02:03 AM

Right on Blake, and you are right about being able to clean easier each time you re-organize. You will find working in your shop a little nicer too now that you have more room. But Gary makes a good point as well. My experience is that I will mess it up quicker because my mind tells me I have more room now – then I get lazy and just start laying crap everywhere. I make myself vacuum at least once per day and one day each week I spend an hour tidying things up. It’s a good habit to get into now before it becomes unbearable again!!!

-- --Chuck

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Scott Bryan

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#12 posted 03-17-2008 02:24 AM

Very good Blake. It does feel good to reorganize and get everything stored away. But I am sure when you work it is not simply a matter of pulling out the table saw or band saw and finishing the project. At some point I tend to get almost every tool I own involved in the project and, because I may need it soon, it tends to get left on the assembly table. Then to assemble the piece I have to shove the tools aside to make room. But then we get to repeat the process of cleaning again and the cycle renews itself.

You are looking good now. I may even have to go out and put everything away that is on my assembly table after seeing this post (if I can get caught up with the posts).

Thanks for the inspiration.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#13 posted 03-17-2008 02:38 AM


You have made a huge improvement, great job.
Hopefully I will get mine done so I can post it. Seems like a long journey to a clean shop that as soon as I finish I look forward to getting sawdust all over.

-- Kevin, Wichita, Kansas

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#14 posted 03-17-2008 03:52 AM

Hey what can we say about our dirty shops? The difference between a clean shop and a dirty shop is only about 15 minutes! Good job Blake…....Now to get it dirty….lol

-- Can't never could do anything, to try is to advance.

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#15 posted 03-17-2008 05:22 AM

All is calm on the Western front…looks nice!

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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