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Blog entry by Rustic posted 07-22-2008 04:40 PM 1097 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well today is the day that I start cleaning the shop. I have that feeling of dread as i get started. I have so many scrap pieces that I think I might need to make a cut off container. But I think the 1st thing I need to do is get things picked up and vacuumed. I am looking into the pvc flooring option as right now I have carpeting in my shop. What do y’all think about pvc flooring? I will post pics of my shop soon.

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#1 posted 07-22-2008 04:54 PM

I just went thru this not too long ago. My shop isn’t “organized” yet, it’s still got stuff in it that needs to be rearranged… BUT…. it’s clean.

Don’t look at this as something you dread. I got that feeling when I looked at the “totality” of the project. So, I just took one corner at a time, one project at a time, etc… and I made all of them goals. I didn’t want to be discouraged by looking at just one project (clean the shop) and then not getting it done for days. Instead, I accomplished many projects in one day even though I didn’t get the entire shop done. It made me want to keep going. Then, pretty soon, it was clean and I had many projects done in it that needed attention.

Oh yeah, and last but not least, I BURNED EVERYTHING I COULD BURN!!!... lol….

Good luck!

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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#2 posted 07-22-2008 06:09 PM

Look on the bright side, in the cleaning process you may re-discover some tools. :) I agree with Steve, I like to burn my scrap every so often. I have a firepit, so I try to make the most of it. When I was younger, I kept every little scrap. It would take over the shop. I discovered quickly that I needed to be a bit more particular on which scraps to keep. When in doubt, it goes into my “burn bin”. I still have an opportunity to raid the burn bin, but once the burn bin is full it is time to move on and fire up some marshmallows.

-- Tim from Iowa City, IA

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#3 posted 07-22-2008 06:16 PM

I’m guilty of hoarding every scrap. I also have a firepit. It might be time to have the neighbors over for Smore’s.

-- When my wife ask's what I have to show for my wood working hobby, I just show her the splinters.

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#4 posted 07-22-2008 07:38 PM

S’mores sound good I may be burning this week end. I need to develop a rule of thumb on keeping scrap. Any ideas?

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#5 posted 07-22-2008 09:40 PM

I do the exact same thing that Tim does… when in doubt, it goes in the fire bin. I can always use out of the bin (which is a rubbermaid tub for me), but once it’s full there ain’t no lookin’ back…. lol.

The scrap I decide to keep really depends. If it’s a really odd figured piece, or a unique wood that I don’t have a lot of, I’ll keep. If it’s more of a “cut off” and too big to be a scrap piece, I’ll keep. It’s really up to you, it depends on how much space you have and what you actually build.

When I get a bunch of little pieces together, I’ll knock out some really fun small projects like bird houses or squirrel nests or something to put out in my timber.

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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#6 posted 07-22-2008 11:22 PM

I have been working with allot of 3/4” ply as of late on my Miter Bench Project. I have so many smaller pieces that I have start dumping the smallest bit in the trash can on trash day. I have a hard time throwing a 4” wide by 36” long piece of 3/4” ply though. I did get smart and I had a several 1” and 2” x 96” pieces that I cut into story sticks for the project and when I was done they hit the miter saw for re-sizing into the trashcan.

-- //FC - Round Rock, TX - "Experience is what you get just after you need it"

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