Cleaning and Safety

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Blog entry by canadianchips posted 04-17-2010 01:58 AM 928 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

Hello everyone.
Reading and seeing everyone else’ workshop has INSPIRED me to clean mine today. A clean floor and clean work areas is a safe working space ! I have finally built some JIGS to make repetative work simpler . I guess today was a day to spoil myself. Sometimes we all need these.
Been building a long time and I still learn things from this SITE.
Thanks to all the pics of the shops and jigs everyone have posted !

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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#1 posted 04-17-2010 02:10 AM

I love those “shifts.”

For many, it’s just a break from the pressure of deadlines (those who build for a living, perhaps).

For some, it’s just a simple change of pace.

For me, it’s a combination of “ritual” and … the fact that I still want to be in my shop, even when my eyes are in sad shape, making much actual woodworking somewhere between senseless and dangerous ;-)

Last night, tired and bored, I pretty much re-arranged all of my “ready-access” (usually defined by their place—either ON my workbench or hanging on the pegboard) tools, jigs, gizmos, devices, and … miscellaneous stuff.

Two nights ago was the session where I polished and sharpened the hollow-chisel mortiser bits.

A few nights ago was “organizing” all my cut-offs.

Lots of evenings, it’s cleaning and lubricating the machines, and applying paste wax to the cast iron surfaces.

Sometimes, it’s a date with the try square, the dial indicator, and the magnetic base—a big Alignment Party.

Just as woodworking, itself—many other hobbies, too—is therapeutic, I think there’s yet another kind of therapy to be gained from the “housekeeping” side of things.

Tonight should be work on my mobile clamp rack—very much a case of “I’m starting with a Harbor Freight furniture dolly, and … working upward, from there ;-)”

-- -- Neil

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