I’ve been neatening up the shop lately because a bunch of little things have built up and it was just time to adjust some stuff. It’s basically a cleaning up, cleaning out and reorganizing on a small scale. Here’s a few of the things I’ve done:
[Below] I keep my narrower plywood scraps above the oil tank. I went through them and weeded out the really narrow ones that I know I’ll never use. The very thin plywood that I usually find as drawer bottoms I keep under my planer which is unseen to the right of the oil tank. Any larger pieces of plywood I usually store vertically in front of the tank. [Note: the wavy plywood you see rests on the last two rails I have from a bedframe and it holds up everything else.]
[Below] This gray shelf is where I keep some miscellaneous items such as parts for home made clamps, my church banks and seldom used tools. I have a box on the bottom shelf with a few things that were my Dad’s, including one of his last pocket notebooks. Nothing earth shaking in it, but I like preserving a sample of his handwriting. The shelving was overloaded with small junk items that I was saving. Much of it went out. Then I was able to get 4 tool boxes off the floor near my table saw and put them off the concrete.
[Below] I went through my ‘stick’ storage area and got rid of the true junk, keeping the longest, cleanest pieces. I usually generate these while ripping boards to width.
[Below] Not sure if I ever showed my ‘lumber rack’ It can hold pieces 8 feet long, though much of it is currently shorter, mostly rescued wood. You can see 3 spots where I store shorter boards end in. These are between the rack supports. I’m not sure where exactly, but I saw this idea as a tip on YouTube. I still have more short boards than I have room to store. I also moved my C-clamps over here at this time.
[Below] So where does all the stuff go that I’m throwing out? I put it in boxes that go in a trash bag and it ends up not far from here in a landfill. It’s basically pine pieces that are too small to do much with, plus there’s plenty more where they came from. Much of what you see in these two boxes lived in a sort of vertical file between my drill press and band saw. I rarely ever went and grabbed anything out of it to use for anything but a stop block. I did however discover a few chunks of walnut and oak (6×6 in. at the most) which I had forgotten about. They are now in a safe place.
Now I’m tackling my catch all workbench so that it won’t look so cluttered and dusty, at least for a while. ;-)
-- Ni faru ion el ligno!