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A journey into the workshop. #90: Shop cleanup, again. Where the *#$% is the floor!

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Blog entry by dbhost posted 02-01-2016 04:34 PM 1012 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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So I haven’t been doing much woodworking as of late mostly due to a flurry of auto repair projects, as well as home repair / improvement projects.

Well, with sockets here and there, combination wrenches everywhere else, I decided it was time to start digging into cleaning the shop. I have projects I need to be working on and no room to work…

I literally spent the last couple of days, at least 2 to 3 hours a day digging into cleaning up the shop. Finding sockets, putting them back on their rails. Finding the HF Digital Multimeter, and then finding the Blue Point digital Multimeter I bought the HF to replace because I couldn’t find it. What to do with that old multimeter…?

I have GOT to get busy soon to build a proper lathe bench as well. I am still using the stock legs under my lathe, and, well it tends to walk on me. Not to mention I really need to arrange more proper, easily accessed storage for my turning tools…

I honestly anticipate the next several days will be spent cleaning up out there, putting things back where they are supposed to go, and getting rid of stuff that doesn’t belong…

I have a project planned, after I picked up the Rockler signmakers State Park fonts router template kit, I am ready to start making some signs for gifts. I want to be good and ready for Christmas this year!

Another part of my shop cleanup involves documentation, and the digital age… As my magazine collection kept growing, the back issues of Wood Magazine and Shop Notes kept pling up, and I noticed something. Not all, but the overwhelming majority of the articles, plans etc… are simply republished from year to year. So about 2 years ago, after my Shop Notes magazine subscription ran out, I bought their DVD Archive. Basically every issue from the beginning until whenever it was, within about 2 months or so of when I bought the archive, every copy of the magazine on .pdf format. Well this past weekend, I went ahead and did the same thing with my Wood Magazine collection.

Once the thumb drive comes in, I am going to either sell off my copies of ShopNotes and Wood Magazine, or I am going to donate them to the Library. Either way, I want them out of my house, and I would like them to see more life moving forward…

For what it’s worth, the Shop Notes current collection is only $79.00, it’s online access. Now that’s a great way to go. Affordable, and no physical media to take up space, no digital media to lose if you have a hard drive failure. Sounds like a winner to me!

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com



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Jim Bertelson

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#1 posted 02-01-2016 06:21 PM

Here in the vacation home in Washington. We are having a kitchen remodel started on Wednesday. I am preparing areas in the garage/shop for the current kitchen cabinets. I did that in Anchorage in 1985. I am still using those cabinets today. The cabinets here are of a better quality, but nothing great. They will work in the garage/shop just fine. So, I am into some demolition and reconstruction, so I am going to be busy the next few days.

I have the FWW collection on DVD. They are very useful. Other collections from the magazines must have similar utility.

So off to get some work done…..........I may be a little quiet here on LJ’s this week…......

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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DocSavage45

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#2 posted 02-01-2016 07:10 PM

My shop continues to shrink with each jig, shop aid, and tool I aquire. Finishing up a downdraft table. Your comment about a lathe bench for stability and storage triggered “oh yeah ,it’s on my to do list.

But I really want to get my project list going. That’s why I am building my shop aids. LOL!

Good luck in the cycle!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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dbhost

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#3 posted 02-01-2016 08:25 PM

No kidding! I seriously need to build that lathe bench / base, as well as do something with the drill press. The full height drill press is a bit crazy for me, I an considering either getting the column on mine shortened up by a machinist friend of mine, or grabbing a decent bench top DP, but good bench top drill presses are kind of hard to come by…. The trade off for a shorter column seems to be shorter chuck travel.

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com

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DocSavage45

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#4 posted 02-01-2016 08:43 PM

Might check out Grizzly, or Northern Tool for your drill press. You can laminate 2×4’s to make a sturdy /heavy duty top see Stumpy Nubs or Paul Sellers on how they make an inexpensive solid bench.

Going out to see how the dust collection down draft table is coming along and prepare for our big snow dump in MN tomorrow.

Best of luck in obsessing about the shop. LOL!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#5 posted 02-03-2016 02:49 PM

I would look into shortening that column. I have an old Delta bench top, but it is a very good machine. I have a Shop Fox drill press here at the vacation home. It doesn’t look like anything great, but it does work well. I just put it on a shop built mobile mount.

The contractors will be here shortly to begin demolition for our kitchen remodel, so have to do a few last minute preparations.

Later….......

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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