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Five years later, Workshop Remodel. Going from pretty to functional #6: Cleaning (secret weapon)

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Blog entry by Craftsman on the lake posted 03-04-2014 12:18 AM 858 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I’ve finally gotten the major stuff done, benches demolished, new ones made, dust collection upgrade, tools moved around, and a generally putting away out of dust site. It seems like the shop has doubled in sized after all the renovations. But…..

One thing left to do. A thorough ‘dust’ cleaning. If it’s one thing I’ve learned in the past 6 years is that dust collects equally on horizontal as vertical surfaces. And anything that is out.. any tool will collect a film of dust that will get thicker over time is it’s not cleaned off. Hopefully the methods that I’ve taken and am about to take will lessen that. I don’t believe that it can be cut down completely and there will always be too much that will get through. But the shop is now set up so that everything can be moved to clean it or behind it. Today the secret weapon was my wife. She’s been asking when she can come out to clean for a couple of weeks. Well, today it happened. Rags flew, we used simple green in buckets of water. Joyce shop vacced with nozzle and brush to vacuum walls, floors, cabinets, and tools. We both dirtied several buckets of water and simple green washing everything. All came off the walls and was cleaned. All walls were cleaned. We washed the ceiling and sponge mopped the floor. After about 3 hours we claimed it finished for now. The secret weapon is a ‘wife’. None of them are stealth but this one knows how to get it done. Thanks Joyce….
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I’ll be posting some blog entries in the near future and some video of the improvements I’ve made. Some of them include the remaking of a 1 hp delta dust collector that includes water filtering fine dust collection, features of a large multifunction assembly table, Mitre saw stand, Complete shop tool mobility, shrinking PVC to fit almost any fitting, and a bunch of other stuff.
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Same general area before cleaning, from a picture a week ago.
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-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.



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eddie

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#1 posted 03-04-2014 12:49 AM

Dan and Joyce it looks a lot more roomer and organized , as they say down here yall got er done ,looks great and know your glad ,thats a lot of work there looking good my friend at least you want spend your time looking for some thing as i do now got to do the same .:)

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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Handtooler

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#2 posted 03-04-2014 12:58 AM

Fine job! And, although I vacuum and blow my shop regularly, it always has dust everywhere it seems. Of course a lot of sanding increases the dust. Thanks in advance for what’s to come. Particularly shrinking pvc and water filtering dust collection.

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343 bassboy40@msn.com

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theoldfart

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#3 posted 03-04-2014 01:18 AM

Dan, glad I could help with the shop cleaning, I love the bits you sent. :0). I am in the process of building a bench and when that is done my shop will get a major cleanup. We go up the coast of Maine in June every year so maybe we can get together and I can repay your generosity.

-- "Aged flatus, I heard that some one has already blown out your mortise." THE Surgeon ……………………………………. Kevin

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grizzman

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#4 posted 03-04-2014 01:28 AM

i like the look here, i will leave my shop door unlocked, you may clean it at any time, if you need any other dusting tools, let me know , i will gladly let you have them…:)

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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redryder

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#5 posted 03-04-2014 01:47 AM

I see people nit picking over dust collector upgrades all the time. Everyone knows that any horizontal surface will be the best dust collector you can get.

Am I the only one who see’s it…............

-- mike...............

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Bob Current

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#6 posted 03-04-2014 01:49 AM

I think my laptop screen may be in the running.

-- When you are wrong admit it, when you are right forget it.

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gfadvm

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#7 posted 03-04-2014 01:51 AM

Your shop looks GREAT!

And your wife is a definite keeper. I can’t even imagine what would happen if I suggested my wife help clean the shop! I can promise it wouldn’t be pretty! My granddaughter, on the other hand would help her papadoc.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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Craftsman on the lake

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#8 posted 03-04-2014 02:10 AM

Oldfart: Anytime. We live on a lake with a deck on top of a boathouse. Come on down when you get to Maine. BBQ’s on the deck are a speciality. Love to have you.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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Craftsman on the lake

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#9 posted 03-04-2014 02:12 AM

Redryder… that was the look I was going for. Glad you recognized it. Looks like we’re better fed though.. ;-)

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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doordude

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#10 posted 03-05-2014 04:01 AM

I’m sure your shop helper will appreciate you; when you open up the wallet, for a job well done.
And it does look bigger now!

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