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Project by jockmike2 posted 01-29-2007 02:26 PM 5297 views 2 times favorited 56 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I just had to show you guys what a real messy shop can look like,the one with the paslode gun in it is actually my workbench, the lathe you can make out, the other pic has my tormak and about 40 chesels, and a router table just this side of that. You know whats insane, I pretty much know where everything is. mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -





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#1 posted 01-29-2007 02:41 PM

Mike: You are a man after my heart. I read an article one time that was classifying people’s traits. They called some vertical filers (They put everything away) And their are horizontal filers. (They put everything on a flat surface) You and I are the same.

By the way. The log you have chucked up in your lathe. You just peal of a layer every so often to put in your woodburning stove?

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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#2 posted 01-29-2007 02:44 PM

I think my wife classifies me as a pig. lol actually no on that log, i’ve got it hollowed out so it looks like a bucket. Not a bad idea though about getting a wood stove. mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#3 posted 01-29-2007 03:18 PM

That bench sure looks familiar, I guess I’m a horizontal filer too. I’d post a picture of mine, but I wouldn’t want to take away your honor. LOL

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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#4 posted 01-29-2007 04:03 PM

Speaking of horizontal filing, if the pile gets higher incrementally that’s one thing. But to pyramid the pile, so that it gets to the point that nothing will stay on it is when something has to get done. One of my benches gets piled pretty high at times and my wife calls me all kinds of names (equal to the pile). I tell her, either a tool is put away, or it’s on the bench, at least I know it’s in one of only two places.

Sometimes I get busy to the point that at the end of the day I’m just pooped out and want to relax. I get organized when I have to. I’m not a neat freak. I think a shop that doesn’t look worked in, isn’t worked in.

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#5 posted 01-29-2007 04:10 PM

looking around at my computer area, I’m definitely a horizontal filer. Yup.. it’s all here, somewhere.

My work space is also spread out so that everything is within my view (well, if I lift a few things it is there).. but as the shop sweeper, I try to keep Rick’s space organized and neat so that he has places to work—don’t want to hinder the projects that I have requested!!!
Of course I get the “look” once in a while as he reaches for something that I have already put back, thinking that he was done with it. For the most part I’m pretty good at being the assistant, handing him tools that he is thinking of using… we work really well together, especially since we are both horizontal filers and we don’t annoy each other.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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#6 posted 01-29-2007 05:13 PM

Most of it boils down to having more stuff than you have room for, and the other part is having something at an arm’s reach to get it when you need it, instead of spending all that time wasted on walking across the room. I’ve got all my tools in a 10×16 portion of a garage, and the tools alone would almost fit, but then I have three projects in there, and a bunch of hardwood. ANd I clean up the shop once a month just to keep my sister-in-law from complaining (at me). She probable complains at my brother-in-law on a regular basis about my mess.

And Debbie? the tools are to remain where they were put unless otherwise told to move. If a man reaches for a tool in the place where he remembers putting it, and it is gone, he will then probably stop progressing on the current project to find it, or stop working on the project thinking he’s losing his mind. At any rate when a tool is gone from the place we put it, it HALTS progress.

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#7 posted 01-29-2007 06:00 PM

Mike, Mike, Mike..What are we going to do with you? What a MESS! My next woodworking goal is to find the floor of my shop. Somebody put a lot of boxs it there and they have all migrated into any open cavity or up against my benchs. That was the plan for the day. You have inspired me.

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#8 posted 01-29-2007 06:31 PM

I was truely proud but now I’m ashamed, I just know there are a bunch of anal retentive jocks out there that have a place for every thing and everything in its place. I do, really do have to work on it. .......But I hAve a deep seated mortification once I clean it up, I won’t be able to find anything!!!!!!!THINK ABOUT THAT, SCURRYING HERE AND THERE LOOKING FOR YOUR RATCHET, YOUR SAW, YOUR NEW ROUTER, NOT THE OLD ONE. IT COULD DRIVE A WHOLE BUNCH OF US JOCKS, WHO ARN’T ALREADY, CRAZY. LOL MIKE by the way Obi never say we have more things than we have room for, at least so the wife can hear. Bad Karma man.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#9 posted 01-29-2007 06:34 PM

I have a place for everything … I just don’t know where it is.

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#10 posted 01-29-2007 06:55 PM

Mike: Don’t take it to heart, if anyone gives you a hard time. From what I’m reading we are in the majority. “YEA! YEA! to surface filers everywhere.”

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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#11 posted 01-29-2007 07:02 PM

I’m not karson I’m having a bunch of fun with this mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#12 posted 01-29-2007 07:59 PM

I know what you mean. I worked just an hour and have lost my safety glasses. Which I could understand if I just had one or two sitting around, but I should have six pairs. Worst they are missing from an area I havn’t even started to clean. I need them because every time I clean I HAVE to build a new cabinet or shelf thingy..which causes a mess…

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#13 posted 01-29-2007 08:29 PM

and what about the missing pencils? How many of those do you have floating around, ready for use if only they could be found?
When we first moved all my tools and Rick’s tools into the basement and got things organized, we laughed at the dozens of pencils sitting by the saw. Now, where or where might they be??? One never knows.

and, Obi, re: the tools, having the tools ready before Rick has even put down the current one he is using FAR outways the “oops, I put it back already” so we’re good. I’m kinda’ like a surgeon’s assistant, trying to out-think the process so the tools are ready instantly. A well oiled machine, we are… 99% of the time.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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#14 posted 01-29-2007 11:54 PM

LOL - whew! I feel better now. The only time that my shop looks clean is between projects. I start out with good intentions – I have no excuse, my shop is small enough that I can put each tool away after use. Almost every thing is within a few steps.

But I don’t. I put them right there – where? I had it just a minute ago and put it right there! Where did it go? How can I lose something so easily? I know it’s here – maybe if I take off my reading glasses I will get a broader perspective. It’s just got to be here. Barb – have you seen my wachyacallit? I just had it in my hands! Whadyamean my shops a mess? LOL

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!" http://www.dpb-photos.com/

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#15 posted 01-29-2007 11:59 PM

lol @ Don.

It’s nice to know that not everyone has a shop that looks as neat as the WoodWhisperer’s when he’s got it all set up for a podcast :)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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