Tool thoughts #38: Information overload

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Blog entry by NedB posted 09-17-2012 03:39 PM 4790 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Irregular readers of my irregular musings will recall that I moved back to NY 3 months ago. We’ve been busy re-settling into our home here, and we’ve been busy with loads of projects around the house. You’ve seen what I’ve been up to, with refitting my workshop. What I have now is immeasurably better than what it was before I left. I always enjoyed going out there, but now I can actually get something accomplished.

That’s what my DW (dear wife) un-earthed from our office yesterday… it was in a storage tote, and while I’m happy to have access to my shop library again, I’m at a bit of a loss at the same time… I’m trying to streamline things in the shop… but that pile of material has to go ‘somewhere’ out there.

That’s at least 40 to 50 magazines and books… and while not every page is relevant to what I want to do out in the shop, I’ve got a ton of ‘projects’ in the wings already, from more recent magazines and internet sources. I’ve got a couple of errands to run, then I’ll be finding a home for those mags and books.

-- Ned - 2B1ASK1

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#1 posted 09-17-2012 07:49 PM


For several years I stored my woodworking magizines in totes labled by year and publication. This proved to be satisfactory as far as keeping them clean and dry but wasn’t exactly handy when it came to accessing that one that had the project/article I needed to refer to NOW.

About 4 years ago I bought a 4 drawer file cabinet, at a yard sale (cheap), for the shop, to file warrantys and operator manuels and such in, and after setting up one drawer with hanging files for that purpose, I had a few magizines on the bench that needed to go back into the totes, and then it struck me that I could organize and access them more easily if they too were in a file cabinet. ...sooo a couple different ideas went round and round in the gray matter and then it came to me that the magazines could be draped , one over the front and one over the back of each hanging file and still leave the center vacant to hold pull-out patterns or copies of patterns and articles which were taken from either of those two issues. Each drawer holds approx. 80 magazines, by Publication and chronologically. It will never replace the convenience of digital publications, but for printed copies this is quite handy.

I now have two, four drawer file cabinets set up in this manner and all magazines, pull-outs, and hand drawn patterns, operator manuels and even copies of Lumberjock projects and plans are at my finger tips when I need them.

...just a suggestion for your new and improved shop.

Work Safely and have Fun. – Grandpa Len.

-- 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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#2 posted 09-18-2012 12:33 AM

Friend who has a giant collection of magazines does the same thing as Len with one slight difference, he takes a knife to the hanging part and just keeps the metal with the attached strip. It makes it slightly easier to see the inner mag but not significantly. Does make it easy. My only additional thought would be to go through them semi-quickly and put a sticky on the outside that says which article, hint, plan interests you; if none then ditch the mag.

-- --Rev. Russ in NY-- A posse ad esse

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#3 posted 09-18-2012 01:05 AM

I sold back issues of Wood magazine to fellow LJ earlier this year! I decided that I needed the space more than the magazines and, if I ever get the cash, I would just by the CD!

In one way I am sorry to see them go but that’s the way it has to be!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

View NedB's profile


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#4 posted 09-18-2012 04:53 AM

Oh I’m not getting rid of them any time soon, I just have to find a spot in the Shop for them… most likely on a shelf in my storage cabinet…
I breezed through them while watching football the other day, and there are lots of projects I could do… hence the overload… how do I choose which one to do First?

Actually that’s easy, not tomorrow, we’re supposed to get heavy weather all day, but by the weekend, I need to work on installing my solar collector for the shop. should be ‘fun’... Saturday is the 1st day of Fall, and that means better ‘working’ temps out in the shop.

-- Ned - 2B1ASK1

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