A journey into the workshop. #80: How did it get so dirty so soon?

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Blog entry by dbhost posted 04-08-2011 05:03 PM 1335 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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So last night I go out to the shop to mill down some 2×6 stock for a project when I took an inventory of what I saw… Planer left on the workbench, jointer shavings from when I forgot to open the blast gate and had the jointer spewing shavings all over the shop, hand plane shavings, lawnmower sitting in front of the band saw, bicycle in front of the lathe, EZ UP canopy in the way of everything, and don’t even get me started on the junk covering the table saw and the large workbench…

It’s time to clean up again…

Time to pitch the huge pile of paper waste bags that we don’t use in our town (they came from my BIL’s house that is presently being contested in his divorce from his worthless lawyer wife), put all the tools back in their proper places, sweep up and make good use of the floor sweep!

THEN I can get back to making a mess…

It looks like a busy weekend for me!

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#1 posted 04-08-2011 05:44 PM

looks like the racoons got into your shop again and used your tools overnight!

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Jim Bertelson

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#2 posted 04-08-2011 06:17 PM


Hand planes make a big mess for me, I usually don’t run those shavings through the DC, just figure I am asking for trouble with big chips. Another mess maker is my hand held belt sander….....although I run my DeDuster thigamabob while I am using it, or any other sander for that matter.

The TS is still the biggest mess maker, because I haven’t finished its dust collection system yet. That is next on the agenda after finishing my portable workbench (project table or whatever the heck it is). Had to build that to provide a stable platform for my MDF multpurpose top. That top is very heavy, and it is way too valuable to have the table collapse, and wreck the top. So that is my lineup, and I continue to generate sawdust on a nearly daily basis.

I sweep usually at least once a day. And put tools away multiple times a day. But I have been doing that for 25 years in this evolving shop. My tools do have a specific storage place, and have for 25 years. Just not very pretty. Sherie finally quit plopping things on my TS or workbench. Mostly because she realizes, I use my tools on a nearly daily basis. The TS with its gleaming waxed top, and all kinds of attachments and upgrades does not invite casual use as a temporary storage area any more. And anything placed in the shop will get covered with dust, guaranteed.

Neatness is nearly impossible in this hobby, but I try to keep up with the mess.

On call this weekend, I will be around, but it may be sporadic.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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Craftsman on the lake

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#3 posted 04-09-2011 02:19 PM

I usually work in Oak and maple. My nephew wanted to make a mahogany bed. After we were done the shop was a mess. Oak and maple make sawdust and shavings. Mahogany makes find brown dust that sticks to everything. It tastes bad and give me a headache too. I don’t think I’ll be using mahogany much any longer.

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Jim Bertelson

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#4 posted 04-09-2011 04:44 PM

I am sure mahogany has nothing on MDF…....thankfully, I do not have any more large project planned with MDF. But I will remember that about mahogany.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#5 posted 04-09-2011 04:57 PM

dbhost, you want to work with wood tools you have be good with the cleanup tools as well. It is a pain the rear but then the more you have to clean the more you made, so it is a trade off we must deal with.
OK I have to go clean up my little carport work area now. The landlord is going to be by latter today.

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#6 posted 04-09-2011 11:39 PM

I tend to get dragged away before I can clean sometimes. And then the mess more or less throws itself everywhere… It’s just been a couple of weeks like that…

I don’t necessarily have a dust problem any more aside from the miter saw, while my dust collection isn’t perfect, it is pretty good…

Well, I better step away from the keyboard for a while and get after my shop cleanup!

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