So if you’v watched my video,” “Dave Talks, What no woodworking?””:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qvExGzf_WZI from my Lumberjocks blog post here http://lumberjocks.com/dbhost/blog/89074 there are a few things that need to be noted.
#1. This wasn’t my first take. My first take for this video showed me actually cleaning the miter saw bench, But it wasn’t interesting in the slightest, and the video came out badly, so out it went.
#2. The drill press table was also full of unrelated tools.
The problem is the drill press table is the first flat surface as you come in the roll up door from the driveway, so automotive tools tend to get placed there.
Like I have mentioned before many times, I would be WAY better off if I were able to afford, and get a waiver from my covenants and restrictions to put in a large enough shed for a decent shop in the back yard. It doesn’t have to be huge, 12×24 Gambrel roof barn with 8’ ceiling and a loft for lumber storage would do the trick, Access to deck space to work on larger sheet goods etc…
OR at the very least, a storage shed to move lawn and garden, and Barbecue type stuff OUT of my shop.
But I digress… Back to the subject of the areas cleaned up.
My wife has taken to putting anything she doesn’t think belongs in the house, out in my shop. Sadly, this includes things I want in the house. Case in point? Well off the miter saw table I removed.
#1. Mr. Heater Portable Buddy Heater. Not the current model, but my 12 year old unit from my single days when I was much younger and willing to camp in a tent while deer hunting in 5 degree weather. Ah youth! #2. Stainless Steel chefs knife set. This was a freebie giveaway thing from Sams Club doing a demo sort of thing maybe 10 years ago. You know the drill, let us demo this food processor, give us your email and we’ll give you this knife set. Nice knives. We ended up buying, and since replacing the food processor with better units in the years since. Yes we have gone through food processors. The knives weren’t the Pampered Chef my wife likes, so she figured they could be used for camp ware… To replace the Walmart cheapies in the camp chuck box. I haven’t finished building it yet… #3. Air mattress rechargeable air pump and power supplies.
Are you seeing a theme here? I am!
The solution right now, seems to me to..
#1. Grab the old towels she threw in the shop for me to use as shop rags but they ended up on the floor, and wash them… #2. Carefully wrap up the knife set in a towel used as a knife roll, and bind it with Gorilla Tape to keep everyone safe. #3. Locate an unused tote (yeah right!) in the house somewhere, or go to Home Depot or Walmart and pick up a tote. I need to go to Home Depot before mid week anyway. #4. Organize stuff into appropriate containers. Camping gear / sporting goods to be stowed in attic. Trash to be thrown out, recycles to hit the curb mid week. #5. Work on straightening out the disaster.
Long term, I know there are several things that MUST change if I am to keep the shop organized. A sheet goods / cutoffs cart NEEDS to be done, and soon. My sheet goods are pouring away from the wall and causing me problems. I need to fix this, NOW. I started on one but my priorities were changed for me. I need to set my priorities and stick with htem. Of course all the married guys know how that is likely to go. So wish me luck!
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