I decided to move this to a blog, partially because this process will take a long time and by talking about it, it is more motivation to get it done.
First the history, I had mentioned a year ago that I had gotten a divorce. After trying every angle in the book, the realization hit a month ago that it is now going to cost me my house and shop. I am not looking for sympathy, all is not lost. It is just another obstacle to overcome. So I am partially cleaning my current shop because it needs it and partially because I am preparing for the move. Now the pain is that it will be 2 moves. First to a temporary location and then to my next permanent location. My intention is to build a new house and shop next year. I also will probably have a new boss lady/partner who has been told to not let me get messy. I think that she will handle the job very well. I have avoided any thought of posting pictures of my shop because of the embarrassing mess. I decided to swallow the embarrassment and show pictures to further motivate myself not only to organize, but keep it that way.
Thursday night I posted the first scrap burn. Really it was ceremonial as it only represented less than 10% of the mess. I mentioned 100 board feet of scrap, I actually think that was a low estimate. It really is amazing how much stuff you can rat hole without thinking about it. Wood hoarding is a nasty addiction. The wind has been much to strong yesterday and this morning to continue, but this afternoon the fire will be lit again. the pile has started.
A couple comments were made that the benefits of a small shop is not letting yourself get messy. I actually agree. My current shop is 36’ x 48’. To easy to stack stuff.
Around the table saw is relatively open, but still a hazard.
Stack of Oak inside the door
I do consider my log yard as an extension of the shop. Oddly it is not cluttered ( forgot to take a picture of it. However there is constant problems holding up progress. This was yesterday,
Stay tuned, this could get ugly.
-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability