Sweepers, sweepers, man your brooms...

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Blog entry by Derek Lyons posted 10-03-2008 05:29 PM 1401 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Fellow Navy veterans will recognize that saying… Sweepers, sweepers man your brooms. Give the ship a clean sweepdown fore and aft. Take all trash to the pier. Which pretty much describes the bulk of my shop time this week.

I did finish the prototype (Wood Whisperer inspired) cutting board I mentioned last week, the first glue up actually went pretty easily. Cutting it didn’t go so well. My table saw isn’t the best in the world, and it took most of a day of fiddling with scrap to figure out how it works. The second glue up wasn’t so pretty – mostly I think because it was so small it was hard to get the clamps on right and pieces slid in relation to each other. Woodcrafters had a sale on K-bodies, which I hope will help, and the next prototype will be closer to the final dimensions.

I know, compared to some of you guys I’m probably obsessing over what you’d do in your sleep… But I’ve not that much experience and the first completed cutting board (along with some other projects) will be gifts for my niece’s wedding next year.

An astonishing amount of sawdust and scrap had accumulated on the shop floor what with the various things done in there over the last month or so, and some tool organization was badly needed. So that’s how I spent the last two days of time allotted to be in the shop and will spend today’s too. I’ve cleaned the floor, cleaned the big power tools, sorted my scrap bins and wood storage, sorted some of my tools into the workbench, improvised a wall hung clamp rack, and generally tried to clean and straighten the shop. Today’s task is hauling the last of the construction debris out and stacking it next to the alley until I can cadge some truck time from a buddy.

None of which, from the viewpoint of my Lovely Lady Wife, were the most important accomplishments in the garage… From her point of view repairing the garage door opener so she can park her car in there over the (fast approaching) winter tops the list. Still, she’s happy and with the shop clean(er) and more organized and a little progress on projects I’m happy – so that makes for a pretty good week all things considered…

-- Derek, Bremerton WA --

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#1 posted 10-03-2008 05:47 PM

Dude, I feel your pain on the cleaning. I am just about done with mine. I even sold a work bench and am trading a small table saw to make more room. I have 1.5 acres so I have a small burn pile that I use for my unusable scraps.

-- Adrian ..... The 11th Commandment...."Thou Shalt Not Buy A Wobble Dado"

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#2 posted 10-03-2008 06:52 PM

I know what you mean. But it sure is rewarding to walk into your shop after you’ve spent the time to get it really clean. Its like a blank canvass and the possibilities of the next project are endless.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#3 posted 10-03-2008 07:11 PM

You forgot “sweep down all lower decks, ladder backs and passage ways” At least that is the way it was on CG-51. I feel your pain. As soon as I am done cleaning the lawnmower deck and sharpening the blades I have to do the same thing today.

-- Jimmy, Oklahoma "It's a dog-eat-dog world, and I'm wearing milkbone underwear!"

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#4 posted 10-03-2008 09:00 PM

The bummer about cleaning my shop is that it seems to be someone else’s mess that I’m cleaning. I can’t even do a project without having to clear the benches and tools. Very frustrating to say the least.

-- ~ Inspiring those who inspire me ~

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#5 posted 10-03-2008 10:26 PM

I just had flashbacks!!!

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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#6 posted 10-03-2008 10:41 PM

bayspt; Well, on submarines we didn’t need quite such detailed instructions… ;) Usually ”Commence Ship’s Cleanup” or ”Now, Field Day” sufficed. We only used the full rigmarole quoted above inport, during the week, when Squadron was around. Underway on alert, we didn’t pass the word at all – everyone knew what was supposed to be done when and using the 1MC meant creating noise.

kolwdwrkr; I know how that goes – I thought I’d been keeping up with the cleaning and straitening as I went, but along about Tuesday it was really obvious that I hadn’t when I had to dig under the sawdust on the mitre saw stand to find one of my small clamps that I realized I needed to do a full top-to-bottom cleaning.

Blake; Very true. Especially now that I can find all my stock lumber in one place rather than scattered. With winter approaching and my shop being untenable in winter, storage and organization systems are a high priority come spring.

-- Derek, Bremerton WA --

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