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Am I the only one that writes all over the white formica outfeed table on my TS?

by C_PLUS_Woodworker
posted 07-09-2012 06:00 PM

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Bill White

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#1 posted 07-09-2012 06:03 PM

Yep! You are. I just write all over my hands, arms, shirt front, etc. I’m a pig. You’re neat.


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#2 posted 07-09-2012 06:05 PM

For me it’s the rough sawn on the rack, or, the off-fall in the bin that becomes my handy notepad in the throes of a project. Who needs a notepad?

-- "Hard work is not defined by the difficulty of the task as much as a person's desire to perform it.", DS251

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#3 posted 07-09-2012 06:10 PM

I use a white board given to me by wife for this exact purpose.

-- Bert

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#4 posted 07-09-2012 06:16 PM

I write on carpenters paper (wood) :))

-- Custom furniture

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#5 posted 07-09-2012 07:39 PM

I use 5×7 notepads. I bought a huge stack of them several years ago for $3 and heep several aound the shop near the saws and worktable.

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Monte Pittman

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#6 posted 07-09-2012 07:39 PM

Whatever is handy. Later it becomes like a historical reference.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#7 posted 07-09-2012 07:43 PM

One thing for sure…your wife is right. None of US ever write on your TS

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#8 posted 07-09-2012 07:45 PM

I have notepads too but I will write on anything thats handy if one of them isnt close by. Recently I used a pencil to write a critical measurement on the edge of a piece that I had just cut. I then promptly glued the piece in place without transferring the note to my notepad. And off course I forgot what it was. DOH!

-- “There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something. You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after.” ~ JRR Tolkien

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#9 posted 07-09-2012 07:47 PM

I write on my Grey Formica Covered Bench all the time, Great place to keep #’s or measurements

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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#10 posted 07-09-2012 07:53 PM

I use my white formica router table top as my notepad. Works great, and it’s right there where I need most of the time. I “erase” with mineral spirits. Sometimes I just stand back and admire all my ciphering like it was a work of art.

I plan to graduate up to white-board surfaced cupboard doors soon, though. But I don’t know if I will like that any better.
Best regards,

-- "Life's nonsense pierces us with strange relation." Wallace Stevens

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#11 posted 07-09-2012 08:36 PM

My TS extension table is black I would write on it if it was white. Maybe I just need a white pensil ;) I write on everything thats handy and doesn’t cause me extra work.

-- A friend will help you move, a good friend will help you move a body

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#12 posted 07-09-2012 09:28 PM

Come on, get with the current technology :) Dry erase markers.

-- Woodworking shouldn't cost a fortune:

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#13 posted 07-10-2012 03:35 AM

My bench is 4’x12’ and covered with white formica. It gets written and drawn on constantly. Those big crepe blocks that we clean sanding belts with make great benchtop erasers!

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

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#14 posted 07-10-2012 01:34 PM

On construction jobs, very few note pads seemed to be available, so when we went to the lumberyard, a
piece of wood was usually the shopping list. Still have the habit, and am not going to change now.

-- As ever, Gus-the 77 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#15 posted 07-10-2012 01:41 PM

My out feed is white and I have written notes and measurements on it for about 25 years. I’m with you brother!

-- Sam Hamory - The project is never finished until its "Finished"!

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#16 posted 07-10-2012 02:36 PM

This reminded me of my grandmother who had a porcelain kitchen table top. She made lists and notes all over it. This was back in the 50s and wasn’t something new. I’m sure she was doing this as long as she had that old table. Thanks for bringing up the old memories.

-- Insert clever tag line here

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#17 posted 07-10-2012 05:30 PM

You are lucky indeed. A white Formica top no less. I have always had the worst possible colors of scrap to use, like pea green with black swirls. Pieces of wood have always been my note pad of choice. I am seriously considering purchasing some white Formica just to get the satisfaction of being able to see my notes. Great idea.

-- Jim, Missouri

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#18 posted 07-11-2012 12:13 PM

I,m in to boss….write on anything ...but the note pad!...unless its a shoping list for lowes or hd


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#19 posted 07-11-2012 01:19 PM

Ah, hadn’t thought of my TS extension table for that as it is white, but it might be melamine maybe not sure.

Use full size notepads most of time as they are harder for me to misplace than the 5×7 yellow pads, but I use those too generally for cut lists when I am milling rough stuff down to size.

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#20 posted 07-11-2012 01:44 PM

I write all over my melamine and hardboard tables. Notepads gets lost. Tables do not. Pencil is easy to clean up when the time comes.

-- Unplugged Woodworkers -

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#21 posted 07-11-2012 02:48 PM

I have a bench that was built in by the previous owner, not my woodworking bench, that I covered with several pieces of leftover Formica. I put a piece of white near the phone and my chair just for the purpose of using it to write myself notes or measurements. The biggest advantage is that I never have to look for it. I’m always misplacing my notepad or whatever I used to write on and find the bench to be the best place for all my notes. Now I can spend my time looking for all the other tools and stuff I forgot where I put.

-- Every day above ground is a good day!!!

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#22 posted 07-12-2012 09:16 AM

I keep a few wet erase markers around just for that purpose. The way I see it, my big white melamine note pad seconds as a nice outfeed extension.

-- The first cordless tool was a stick. The first power tool was a rock.

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#23 posted 07-26-2012 12:58 PM

I draw on the laminate top of my assembly bench all the time.

I find that lacquer thinner does the best for me to wipe it clean of any pencil marks.


-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#24 posted 08-01-2012 07:51 PM

I draw all my projects out in Autocad and print hard copy to take to the shop. I use that hard copy to scribble my notes or other measurements needed.

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#25 posted 08-03-2012 07:18 AM

I use one of those:

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#26 posted 08-03-2012 10:47 PM

Those spiral notebooks suck if you’re left-handed! (Yeah, I’m bass-ackwards!)

-- Every day above ground is a good day!!!

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