A journey into the workshop. #20: Still working on purging the shop of unneeded junk...

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Blog entry by dbhost posted 10-09-2009 05:32 PM 1531 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 19: Getting nothing done at all... Frustrating night... Part 20 of A journey into the workshop. series Part 21: Bye bye chicken legs! »

Last night wasn’t super productive, but I did get some clearing out done.

The tally so far?

2.5 gallons of Ace Hardware Bone White interior semi gloss, 1.5 gallons of Walmart ColorPlace off white, 2 gallons of some god awful color the prior owner to my house had in the garage that must be at least 10 years old now… Nearly full bottles of DuPont Teflon car wash, car wax, and wheel cleaner (tried it, hated them…), almost empty bottle of Armor All Extreme Tire Shine, about 3 various bottles of wheel cleaners that simply did not work, a can of no touch tire & wheel cleaner, 8 cans of spray paint, 2 cans of stainless steel polish, 1 can of glass cleaner, and 2 boxes of tiles.

I also found a 1 gallon plastic bucket back in the corner that had various misc nails in it. This and a half empty 5 lb steel folgers can of various nails got merged into the folgers can. The plastic bucket was falling apart…

Now for the $64,000 question… Do I sort and keep the nails, or pitch them as most of them are rusted, many are bent, and are otherwise useless…

The stuff from the shelves that got purged out and pending pickup from a Freecycle user. If they don’t go to them, I will see if my church needs or can use the stuff…

Next up is the cutoff bin, and, well floor where cutoffs have been landing since the bin is overflowing. Much of this is cut offs from pine 2×4s, and pine plywood, or project pieces done with pine that twisted really badly. I do not think this stuff would be all that useful, and am considering making sure the chunk size works right, and adding it to the burn pile for when I burn out the stumps in the back yard…

My Rockler bench accessories arrived yesterday. I am happy as a clam this stuff was cheap. The plastic bench dogs are a bit hokey, but appear to at least be functional. The hold downs are solid cast iron, one whack with a mallet and the test piece will NOT budge. I dragged my bench behind me testing this with just one hold fast. I have seen a few reviews of these and people say they break easily. I don’t see how unless they are beating on them with a steel hammer instead of a mallet. The router mat is, well, just a simple rubber mat. The same stuff that they sell as shelf liner.

Today my wide table leg kit should arrive from Sears. I grabbed a leg kit from them for the 22811 (Sears branded Ryobi BT3000) the legs are compatible… My shop built ones made from scrap PT pine are twisting and keep throwing the table out of square…

Hopefully I can get this all squared away, and get the rest of the cleaning done soon. I am TIRED of working on cleanup and organization, I want to get some projects done…!

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#1 posted 10-09-2009 06:41 PM

chunk the nails, I had the same thing and decided I had not used them for a loooooong while so I got rid of them I still have a pretty good amount stored. The rest sounds like you are making progress good luck. Mine comes in the spring.

-- Gary, Little River,SC I've Learned that the Lord didn't do it all in one day and neither can I

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#2 posted 10-09-2009 07:59 PM

maybe a scrap yard would give you a couple of buck for the nails if you had enough.

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#3 posted 10-09-2009 09:34 PM

Purge with extreme prejudice.

Got any pictures?

I am getting close to everything done that is planned for the organizational effort in my shop.

Good luck with your effort. The effort is always worth it.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#4 posted 10-09-2009 10:39 PM

See my post #17 in this series for photos of just why I am purging junk from the shop…

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Jim Bertelson

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#5 posted 10-09-2009 10:46 PM

Nails useless.

Screws and bolts and nuts, espcecially if not rusted, sort and save. I sort all screws with a hand built device where I can determine length, and size rapidly and accurately. I’ll put it up in my blog in a week or two. It has been super handy over the years. I have screws that I found in a shed in Fairbanks in 1975. For example, I found a bunch of real small wood screws that I am still using on occasion for jigs and such, in particular.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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