Shop Storage #2: Upper Cabinets - D O N E

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Blog entry by ChunkyC posted 03-15-2011 02:02 AM 2455 reads 3 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I finally got all the pieces and parts to “finish” the doors for the upper cabinets. We’re in the process of building a new building at work. So I traded a little electrical engineering work for some sheet metal from the the Tin Knocker sub. Thanks Denny for the sheet metal!

The sheet metal is thin galvanized metal. No idea what the gauge it is so “thin” will have to suffice. I scuffed it with 100 grit sand paper using my ROS and shot a couple of coats of primer on it. I then shot about 3 or 4 coats of the black chalk board paint on one side. This and a piece of 1/4 HB was the panel for the doors. I wanted sheet metal because I have a thing for magnets, lol, and the chalk board paint because I wanted to be able to write notes and reminders somewhere. Works great!

Although this Blog is about shop organization I have to admit that I’m not the best when it comes to organization, better than some, but not to point of being OCD about it like others. I wish I could get to the OCD side of the spectrum but that takes time and space. Neither of which are in long supply in my life.

My idea of organization is to keep like items with like items. If those like items are all tossed in a box, that’s good enough for me. I doubt that I’ll ever be to the point of “everything has a place and every place has a thing” but I do put tools away when I’m done using them. This is key for me. I am probably the best example for using something and then laying it down and moving on. I spend a boat load of time looking for things which can easily be solved if I would put it away when I was done with it. I have to work on this every day all day to keep from falling back into bad habits.

Example: Tonight I was cleaning up in the shop and pulled the awl out of my shop apron which was hanging where it’s supposed to be. I punched a hole in a dead can of spray paint and laid the awl on a table not even in the shop! I caught myself and picked it up straight away, took 2 steps (two because one was used to turn around) to where the apron hangs and put it back! It’s a constant battle with me…

I don’t believe in the “10 thing rule” or what ever such nonsense it is. The rule that says to pick up ten things and put them away each time you go to the shop. What a load of crap this is. If you put stuff away when your done, there’s not ten thing to pick up! And for most of us, we have small shops, who has room to lay that much stuff around and get anything done? Not me!

The other thing that I believe is key in shop organization is cleaning up. A messy shop leads to more mess, more clutter, and on and on. Take the 5 minutes and vacuum your shop.

Well the last two paragraphs sound a little like a rant. I didn’t really mean for it to sound that way but I’m not changing my mind on either point unless someone can convince me with a better counter argument. Good luck!

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