A journey into the workshop. #36: The strange things we do to clean up...

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Blog entry by dbhost posted 01-05-2010 06:52 PM 1611 reads 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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So I’m out in the shop last night… working on clearing the piles of stuff off of my assembly table / bench. Let’s see, I have a couple of surplus closet shelf brackets, and I have a 48” long piece of 12” wide 1/2” plywood. What kind of trouble can I get in with that right?

Well inspiration, or stupidity led me to mounting the brackets, with their bottoms 1/8” higher than the top of the molding for the entry door to the shop…

4 wall anchors, and 8 screws later, I have a perfect spot of small doo dads that get VERY infrequently used. But what?

Well, for now, it will hold a surplus supply of Lliquid Nails for Projects, a couple of sets of salvaged locking swivel casters, and some small boxes of misc low voltage electrical / radio type components, caulk saver foam inserts, weather stripping that sort of light weight stuff.

Is it ideal? No. But it’s not much weight, just bulk. It is VERY infrequently accessed stuff, and it needed to get off of my bench.

Now that I have moved that stuff, I have run into a large supply of “What the heck is that?”. I think I need to move the trash can closer to the bench…

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#1 posted 01-05-2010 06:55 PM

Never ending clean up and organising

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#2 posted 01-05-2010 06:59 PM

i have a paper grocery bag that i try to carry around the shop with me whenever i’m doing something that generates a significant amount of junk…

like i’ll keep it at my feet when drilling a bunch of holes on the drill press… or at the end of the bench when hand planing… etc. if the trash never hits the floor, it’s that much easier to remove! that said, i try to save all the organic waste to use as mulch around the house.

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#3 posted 01-05-2010 08:59 PM

i just did the same thing last weekend. Put a couple plastic bins I had sitting around on the shelf. A place to dump some small odds and ends that I don’t want to get rid of but don’t use much. Or as my wife would put it, more packrat cubby holes.

-- My uncle once told me he who never does anything never makes mistakes... I must do a lot...

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#4 posted 01-05-2010 09:37 PM

if you threw something aut you miss it the next week never fail


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#5 posted 01-05-2010 11:29 PM

The problem isn’t so much the woodworking stuff, it’s the everything else that gets dumped into the shop… This is after all, still a shared space…

I would LOVE a nice large insulated shop building, where I can segregate a couple of rooms, one for finishing, one for housing the DC, compressor that sort of stuff, and one, for non woodworking arts. (I draw and paint as well…). Unfortunately in the ‘burbs, I simply don’t have the space for it.

I am busily grabbing small-ish boxes for misc stuff, like coax connectors, coax, mic clips etc… I need to ebay a lot of this stuff. (Amateur Radio equipment). I have probably half the space in my shop taken up by lawn and garden, BBQ, and general construction equipment, tools, and supplies. I am busily trying to work a solution to this problem. Actually, if I could get all the non woodworking stuff into a shed, I would be quite content in the garage… given enough power, insulation, heating and cooling, not to mention stock to work with…

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#6 posted 01-06-2010 01:29 AM

Dbhost- I was in the same fix with the lawn and garden stuff, but built a shed last summer and though it was a lot of work, I now have a lot more space!! buy new tools and learn how to use them.

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#7 posted 01-06-2010 02:49 AM

I put myself in the habit of cleaning my workshop and putting everything back in its place every night before I stop working. I did not do this in the past and hated all the clutter and mess that took away from the pleasure of organization. It took a while to make this a habit but now I can actually find tools that I know I have when I need them. When I first started getting into the cleanup/organizing routine I actually found tools that I forgot I purchased.

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#8 posted 01-06-2010 04:18 AM

I try to get rid of stuff I have a hard time parting with. I will never use it and deep down inside it is a project that I have hanging over my head, and now you do literally. I always tell my wife “if you put it in my shop it must mean you want me to throw it away! I’m just kidding I’ll find a place for it sweety”

-- I was going for that distressed look

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#9 posted 01-06-2010 05:52 AM

I need to make a sign that says something like…

“Non woodworking items will be discarded from the shop”....

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#10 posted 01-06-2010 05:26 PM

A shed is the answer. You talked about getting the canoe out a while back. My wife wanted a first class potting shed, so she had one built, roof to match the house, cedar siding quite tall with windows and a bench. All kinds of room for garden implements in there. It is amazing what I have been able to put out there when Sherie isn’t looking. Helped the clutter a lot. I have old Amateur Radio stuff to, in total disuse. I have slowly compressed this area, and I think I am going to eliminate it except for some shelves for good equipment.

And you never have too many trash cans….............

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#11 posted 01-06-2010 06:07 PM

I stopped working amateur radio years ago. Did it mostly in High School and college. I have stacks of old radios, amps, antenna stuff, coax, mics you name it…

I really need to tote it up. I have a nephew that is studying for his Technician class license….

Only radio I have in use any more is an old Realistic AM/SSB CB radio I use on hunting trips for use between leases. (Truck to truck stuff with my hunting partners…)

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#12 posted 01-30-2010 10:32 PM

A couple of months ago my old (small) shopvac died. I was about to throw out the whole thing when I realized the bottom part is a great garbage can on wheels…so I tossed the top part with the burnt out motor and hung on to the mobile garbage can part, now a garbage can is always close to where I need it.

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