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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 646 days ago

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Bill White

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#1 posted 646 days ago

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 646 days ago

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 646 days ago

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

-- Bert

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#4 posted 646 days ago

I write on carpenters paper (wood) :))

-- Custom furniture

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Greg The Cajun Box Sculptor

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#5 posted 646 days ago

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.

-- Every step of each project is considered my masterpiece because I want the finished product to reflect the quality of my work.

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Monte Pittman

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#6 posted 646 days ago

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 Later it becomes like a historical reference.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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#7 posted 646 days ago

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 646 days ago

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 646 days ago

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 646 days ago

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 646 days ago

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.

-- If I cut it too short I can scab a piece on, but if it's too long what do I do?

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David Kirtley

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#12 posted 646 days ago

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

-- Woodworking shouldn't cost a fortune:

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#13 posted 646 days ago

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 645 days ago

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 75 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#15 posted 645 days ago

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 645 days ago

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 645 days ago

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 644 days ago

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 644 days ago

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 644 days ago

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.


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#21 posted 644 days ago

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 644 days ago

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.

-- I support the 28th Amendment.

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#23 posted 629 days ago

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 623 days ago

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 622 days ago

I use one of those:

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#26 posted 621 days ago

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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