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Do you have a dirty cluttered workbench like mine?

by GaryK
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Sean

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#1 posted 1682 days ago

um…does a dirty cluttered workshop count? I usually have to spend the first 20 minutes of project clearing out space to make a project.

-- "Democracy is by far the worst system of government. Except all the others that have been tried." ~ Winston Churchill

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naturalism

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#2 posted 1682 days ago

It’s a never ending battle.

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#3 posted 1682 days ago

All the great masters work from a clutter. Take a look at Harry Pope the barrel maker in his shop or Einstien in his office:-)) I quit worrying about it when I realized whose company I was in:-))

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#4 posted 1682 days ago

Were’s the clutter Gary ? :-)) I’ve been there a lot and had it get pretty deep too.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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CanadianWoodChuck

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#5 posted 1682 days ago

I definately fall into this trap as well. Everytime I get a different tool, I use it and then set it down where I’m working. I’m like you I clean up after every job and even sometimes in the middle of the job just to get organized again.

-- Canadian Wood Chuck (Bruce)

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Loucarb

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#6 posted 1682 days ago

That looks just like mind every time do any kind of project. As hard as I try to put things back as I work it always ends up like that. Sometimes I straighten out some up in the middle of a project when I start getting aggravated looking for something, but most of the time I do the same thing and clean up at the end.

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woodnewbee

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#7 posted 1682 days ago

they posted a note above my desk once that said, “If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind then what is an empty desk a sign of?”

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DaleM

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#8 posted 1682 days ago

The more time I spend in the shop, the cleaner it is. It’s when I’m only popping in quick and back out quickly and do that for a week or two that it gets really cluttered. I take time to mess it up but not to clean it. When I’m in there a lot working on a big project, I clean it every day, well almost. I notice you have some of the carbide sanding blocks too Gary. Mine have already paid for themselves.

-- Dale Manning, Carthage, NY

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BlankMan

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#9 posted 1682 days ago

Yep. Pretty much exactly like you said. As I’m working on something it gets to look like your pictures. Then when I want to start a new project I put everything away so I have room to work, in no time flat it’s lookin’ like that again.

-- -Curt, Milwaukee, WI

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russv

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#10 posted 1682 days ago

i’m always neat, it’s just a matter of degree of neat, including negative degree.

russv

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printman

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#11 posted 1682 days ago

The way I see it, As long as you keep all the stuff out in plain sight you will be able to find it.

-- St. Louis - just a cut away from finishing!

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john

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#12 posted 1682 days ago

That looks pretty clean to me ! :)

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CharlieM1958

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#13 posted 1682 days ago

I have the same problem. And all my pencils and tape measure don camouflage suits at that point, and I can’t find one no matter how many I have.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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Abbott

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#14 posted 1682 days ago

Yeah, the work table and sometimes the workbench in my shop get like that. Its often that way when I finish a project then I clean up the tools, put them all away and then clean the shop. Then I start a new project and do it all over again. Sometimes though I can’t stand it anymore and clean everything up in the middle of a project and start pulling tools off of shelves and racks a second time. Now and then my wife comes out and throws a complete clean up on my shop and makes it shiny!

-- Ohh mann...pancakes and boobies...I'll bet that's what Heaven is like! ♣ ♣ ♣ ♣

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Gary

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#15 posted 1682 days ago

I agree with John. No clutter there. In my book, clutter has to be at least 6” deep. Anything less is just a little messy

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

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dustbunny

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#16 posted 1682 days ago

Cleaned my clutter yesterday…
found 5 pencils, 3 tape measures, 7 drill bits, and 8 stray sanding discs.
I was wondering were everything had gone (I always accuse my husband of borrowing).
I think most of us share your clutter problem. Hehe

Lisa

-- Imagination rules the world. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte ~ http://quiltedwood.com

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Padre

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#17 posted 1682 days ago

Yup, yup, yup! Mine is cluttered. Really cluttered.

-- Chip -----------http://www.penmanchip.com-----------------Micah 6:8

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jockmike2

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#18 posted 1682 days ago

Gary, that looks spic and span to me too! You know my shop.

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

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bigike

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#19 posted 1682 days ago

i dont know your bench still looks clean to me. i can atleast start to clean it mine i dont even want to do nothing the only part i keep clean is the part next to the vise thats it. hopefully when i move it i can keep it clean we’ll see. http://i855.photobucket.com/albums/ab120/icomba/bigdaddiesshoppics011.jpg

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://www.icombadaniels@yahoo.com

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Karson

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#20 posted 1682 days ago

That doesn’t look bad Gary. I would feel I was blessed if mine was that clean.

-- 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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dlcarver

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#21 posted 1682 days ago

Are you kidding? I would kill for that much space.
Dave

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steveosshop

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#22 posted 1682 days ago

Yep, minus the power tools and you have my workbench. I dont believe it has been cleaned off since I built it.

-- Steve-o

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cajunpen

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#23 posted 1682 days ago

Soooo, I’m really not the only messy woodworker.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased." http://www.cajunpen.com/

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Scott Bryan

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#24 posted 1682 days ago

This happens every time I get into a build. I have a 4×8 assembly table and it gets covered with tools, finishes, etc. And, as your bench shows, there is no room to assemble the project.

I am glad to see I am not alone in this habit.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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degoose

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#25 posted 1682 days ago

YUP

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jussdandy

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#26 posted 1682 days ago

yuppers, just visit my work shop. always looks like that, even when clean

-- Randy I have the right to remain silent, just not the ability ; )

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SnowyRiver

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#27 posted 1682 days ago

This happens to me too.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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Stewy

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#28 posted 1682 days ago

Been trying to get organized for 30 + years still not there. I think it would be fun to have a place for everything and everything in its place!

-- Dennis in Iowa "You can have 30 years experiance or 1 year 30 times!!!!"

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Bob #2

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#29 posted 1682 days ago

I mucked mine off this morning to make a jig. I have , as usual ,4 projects on the go that each need about 10 items.
What a hobby!

Bob

-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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john

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#30 posted 1682 days ago

This is what my mess looked like a few months ago . I could barely find my beer :)
I have cleaned it up some since i took these pics .

-- John in Belgrave (Website) http://www.extremebirdhouse.com , http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=112698715866

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Quixote

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#31 posted 1682 days ago

John,

I looked at your pics.

I can’t find your beer either.

But there’s some other really neat stuff that I’d like to play with. ;)

Q

Wait, Edit…I see it on the Jointer…

That’s probably another story waiting to happen…

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Jim Bertelson

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#32 posted 1682 days ago

Gary, you are OCD too! I am OCD, but not too OCD, so during a project…...YUP…....it looks just like that. But I put away the tools at the end also. That proves I am OCD….....I will not relinquish the title…....(-:

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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GaryK

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#33 posted 1682 days ago

John – Damn!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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Jim Bertelson

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#34 posted 1682 days ago

john
If you can’t find your beer, then that is the end of the mess! That is over the top, not tolerable…....
Check out my blog, the first picture….....Workshop Pictures

I can always find my beer….........

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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Llarian

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#35 posted 1682 days ago

My RAS is permanently a table these days, I have to unearth my tablesaw whenever I want to use it, my workbench is full of stuff, and my lathe is buried in shavings.

None of these is a bad thing! Sign of a used shop. =)

-- Dylan Vanderhoof - General hobbiest and reluctant penmaker. http://llarian.etsy.com

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NoSlivers

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#36 posted 1682 days ago

well, you are able to still SEE your workbench….that’s a plus.

-- If you don't have time to do it right, do you have time to do it twice?

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wchips

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#37 posted 1682 days ago

Hi John that is what my shop looks like. I can always find my beer though, to darn cold to drink beer the last few days though. Have a nice day Lee

-- wchips

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Woodwrecker

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#38 posted 1682 days ago

Mine gets cluttered, but John has me beat hands down !!!
(Jimmy Hoffa might be in there!!!)

-- Having fun...Eric

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GaryBuck

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#39 posted 1682 days ago

I’m a bit confused here. Are all of you saying that I’m suppose to clean up my work bench everyday? I lose my work benches and when I can’t find it anymore I build another one I have three and ran out of space in the basement so now I’m using the dinning room table. I NEVER LOSE MY BEER,, tools yea. material yea, benches of course, my wife well I didn’t lose her I know where she is at she just don’t live with me any more, I swear I can’t understand why she left. You can still find the front and back doors the toilet tub, sink stove fridge freezer T.V. and bed, what more do you need?

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Herbiej

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#40 posted 1682 days ago

I really breathed a sigh of relief when I read all these posts. Seems I am in good company. I have been avoiding posting pictures of my shop. Now I can post them in good consciience.

A sigh I had on my shop door: “GENIUS IS SELDOM TIDY”

-- Acts: 2:38

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drfixit

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#41 posted 1682 days ago

Hope this makes you feel better…. mine after this weekend.

-- I GIVE UP!!!! I've cut this @!&*!% board 3 times.... its still too short!

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Joe Lyddon

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#42 posted 1682 days ago

Gary, you sure are messy!

I’m sure happy that I’m not THAT messy…

My work area is cleaned up after every session NO MATTER how tired I feel or how soon the dinner bell is about to ring… I ALWAYS clean it up!

I NEVER let it go like YOU do!

I’m sure glad you are learning how to keep your work area CLEAN… It’s about time! :) :)

Thank you for the update… and

Merry Christmas!!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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Andrew

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#43 posted 1682 days ago

I think ( don’t tell my wife) I have too many power tools for my space. My bench is against a wall in the garage, built in when I bought the house.I use it for storage of bench tools, is very cluttered. I have a table that I use for sanding and for assembly, but it gets cluttered with project specific stuff ( squares, pencils, sandpaper. As far as dirty goes, I love turning so there is no getting neat with chips being broadcast to the far corners of the earth. I dream of a day when I have a real workshop not in my garage, I will have 2 sides separated by a garage door, oneside for power tools, and oneside for handtools, and a bench, there should also be a finishing room on this side. When I get it, sometime in the next 20 years, I will do a video tour, keep an eye out.

-- Even a broken clock is right twice a day, unless, it moves at half speed like ....-As the Saw Turns

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ellen35

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#44 posted 1682 days ago

I wondered how my workbench got so small… now I know!
Thanks, Gary!
Ellen

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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MsDebbieP

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#45 posted 1682 days ago

Rick said the other day, “Our shop space was huge until we put stuff in it”
We fit in the “non-organized chaos” category. Some days I walk in, look around, and walk back out again.

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

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Moron

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#46 posted 1682 days ago

I thought for sure, that you took a photo of my bench !!!

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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MsDebbieP

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#47 posted 1682 days ago

somewhere in the forums is a a big discussion about how to keep your pencils handy.. .lots of ideas

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

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blackcherry

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#48 posted 1682 days ago

Hey Gary that the reason why I built two benches so I would have one to work on, the problem is now I have twice the mess…LOL

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Russel

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#49 posted 1682 days ago

You, sir, are not alone. When my first work table got full I built another one. Then another. A few of them are now on wheels so I can get them out of my way when I want to do something. My shop is a puzzle to find the work space. Move a table, do some work, move some wood, do some work, put the table back, do some work … you get the idea. Not to worry, you’re among friends.

-- Working at Woodworking http://www.VillageLaneFurniture.com

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Mark

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#50 posted 1682 days ago

My shop is almost as bad as John’s. But what is a woodworker to do when the woodworking shop is also a garden shop, recycling shop, and similar shops. I hate it when I have to spend 2 hours getting to my wood supply. By then I’ve usually forgotten what I was looking for or was distracted by something else. Oh well I suppose it is better than not being able to get a vehicle into or out of a garage. We can only blame ourselves.

-- Mark

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