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Shop Organization #1: Mo tools, mo problems.

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Blog entry by gizmodyne posted 2489 days ago 5210 reads 2 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Gift Horse Power
The shop is only a year and a half own and I am constantly cleaning and organizing. Tools have accumulated quicker than I can file them.

Kristin’s Grandfather has been giving me tools like crazy.
Just two weeks ago(along with yard tools and some nice portable power tools) I received the following:

He still had the original documentation. I am not sure what to do with it since I have a large floor press.
Love the design.

Salvage yard
I also have a problem with collecting salvage materials.


Doors salvaged from a school demolition blocking one entire corner of the shop. I want to build some cabinets with these. Possibly a bathroom cabinet from the glass door.


Fir shelves from the same school. 1920’s era about to be dumpstered.


Windows torn out of a nearby house. Old glass intact.

Clean up

I stored all of the doors and shelves up in my loft. Took a lot of rearanging.


I stacked all of my shorts in my lumber rack and dedicated the bottom shelf to storing some of the new and old tools.

Still have a ton more to organize. I am thinking about building a few base cabinets and adding a drawer system to my workbench. Too little time. It feels good to get some of it off of the floor though.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke." www.flickr.com/photos/gizmodyne



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Dorje

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#1 posted 2489 days ago

Never ending shop clean up and organization…

I feel like most of my time in the shop lately is just spent moving things around and tuning up tools…

I can relate.

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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cheller

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#2 posted 2489 days ago

The drill tool is cool.

I can totally relate to the cluttered shop problem. I’m almost to the point of emptying my shop so I can organize it better. It’s almost impossible to move in there right now.

-- Chelle http://artsgranddaughter.blogspot.com

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#3 posted 2489 days ago

When I first started remodeling I would drag salvage home all the time. After a few months I had accumulated so much crap I came up with a new plan; throw it all away and don’t bring anymore home.

That has worked out so much better.

Sadly, it costs a lot of money to salvage. It costs more to restore than to make new and it costs to store it under shelter too. Sometimes I know people looking for something and I always keep my eye out for them.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

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gizmodyne

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#4 posted 2489 days ago

I just cleaned out my shed yesterday. Half of the stuff in there went back into the shop. I am trying to keep it off the floor. But it takes time to build storage. Nothing like moving the same junk around 45 times during a project.

Cheller: The drill is cool but I am not sure if I can find a use for it. Although I am planning on using it to add bench dog holes to my workbench. I am going to rig it into a jig somehow. I am also contemplating setting up a little metal/ glass shop in the shed for Kristin who does stain glass. The dril can stay in there then.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke." www.flickr.com/photos/gizmodyne

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gizmodyne

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#5 posted 2489 days ago

Todd. You have a point. You are right about the cost. I don’t know if there is any savings. I can build a door faster than strip it.

It is an obsession. The payoff though is that old stuff looks good in an old house. I am trying to get more picky though.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke." www.flickr.com/photos/gizmodyne

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Dadoo

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#6 posted 2489 days ago

I wonder if that old drill press would accept a mortising attachment?

I have to agree with Todd as well. Salvage is OK if you have a need for the stuff. I have old windows that are rotting in the shed because I really don’t need them. The broken glass is one hazard with the hornets being the other! But they do make great mirrors!

-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#7 posted 2489 days ago

Gizmo – I have a real appreciation for reclaimed doors and trim. Sometimes it isn’t about the cost but the fact that once it is gone, it’s story and history is gone. For me as a business, I can’t give my time away so it comes down to this: will the customer pay for it?

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

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gizmodyne

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#8 posted 2489 days ago

Good point Dadoo. I don’t know if that would work. It is just a handdrill mounted to a moving stand.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke." www.flickr.com/photos/gizmodyne

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#9 posted 2489 days ago

The old drill press is pretty neat. You may find that is works for a dedicated operation leaving the drill press open. I find the drill press not being used that much in my shop, but I couldn’t get rid of it because when I need it – I NEED it.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

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bryano

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#10 posted 2489 days ago

My dad has that same drill and stand, He’s had it for as long as i can remember and im 40. I hope to recieve it some day, its a great drill for any shop.

-- bryano

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mot

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#11 posted 2489 days ago

I’m always reorganizing my shop. It’s therapeutic. Nice job, Giz!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#12 posted 2489 days ago

Gizmo – Do you still use the facilities at the school?

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

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gizmodyne

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#13 posted 2489 days ago

Thanks Tom.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke." www.flickr.com/photos/gizmodyne

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gizmodyne

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#14 posted 2489 days ago

Todd. I am not taking a class this semester( I think).

They do have an awesome finishing class next semester that I am thinking about taking. I have many unfinished projects. It cuts down my free time to nothing, but the learning is incredible.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke." www.flickr.com/photos/gizmodyne

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#15 posted 2489 days ago

Gizmo – You will really benefit from the finishing class. I have to tell you that a lot of the issues guys deal with are alleviated if they used a professional product instead of the hardware store stock.

I am not a salesman but I use a lot of Sherwin Williams product. I use a lot of pre-cat lacquer but they also have waterborne, and oil base finishes too. The service I get from them is geared to pro’s but not exclusive to them. I am in close proximity to Sherwin Williams at home in Billings or in Ohio so it makes life easy for me.

All the major brands have competitive products in performance and price. These products are designed for businesses to make money through ease of application and fast dry times.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

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