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Blog entry by scottb posted 01-27-2008 12:16 AM 712 reads 1 time favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I did a little housekeeping yesterday – going along with the forum topic I posted.

I pulled all of this out from under the bed:

I was initially looking to unload some of the old copies of Wood. Maybe I need to thin the library a little more than that! My to do list is getting out of hand – in fact, I’ve decided it’s now a “just in case I run out of things to do list” – as I have a house full of started renovations to finish, so we can downsize in the coming years.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- http://blanchardcreative.etsy.com -- http://snbcreative.wordpress.com/



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GaryK

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#1 posted 01-27-2008 12:41 AM

I have whittled my 4 foot stack of magazines down to 2 inches.

I just went through all the magazines and cut out all the pages that actually had information worth keeping and stapled them together.

I separated them into three catagories. Tools, projects and tips. The tools gets whittled down further as time goes by since they get outdated.

Imagine going through just a 1” stack to find that project you were looking for! From possibly an hour down to minutes.

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

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#2 posted 01-27-2008 01:18 AM

That’s exactly what I’ve done Gary. I found that a stack of magazines was just too much to go through and a royal pain to move, so I took to cutting out the pages of the things I wanted to keep. Now if I can just find the time to go through the stuff I’ve kept.

Scott, it looks like you’ve got your work cut out for you. I’d be willing to bet you’ll find all kinds of things you forgot about when you start sorting.

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

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#3 posted 01-27-2008 01:33 AM

I’ve got ‘em too. I won’t let go…let go..,.let go…

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#4 posted 01-27-2008 01:50 AM

If I combined, I am guessing I’d have at least three and a half feet. I may do the clip it out, sort it, save it thing some rainy day.

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#5 posted 01-27-2008 02:22 AM

BUT I CAN’T LET THEM GO!!!!!!!! I hear the same thing from my wife who constantly wonders if I really need to keep all these back issues (this is the same woman who has a dumpster load of People Magazines that I am sure date back at least 10 years). I keep mine in numerical order and use the on-line indices for Wood and The Family Handyman when I need to find something. And besides with each new tool purchase I always have to check the back issues for jigs and fixtures.

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

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mot

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#6 posted 01-27-2008 02:33 AM

I have two stacks of 4 feet high in my closet. I can’t let go either. I can still sift through an old issue and see something that I wanted to look at again. I sometimes read the current issue of FWW or Wood and not see anything I’m even remotely interested in….then I look at it 2 years later and find a project or technique that interests me. I can’t let go!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#7 posted 01-27-2008 03:50 AM

I like the index on FWW web page. It goes back to the beginning of Taunton Time. I use it frequently to find things in my stack. I can’t let go either. I have them all in cardboard magazine holders in the shop.

-- Scott - Chico California http://chicowoodnut.home.comcast.net

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#8 posted 01-27-2008 04:28 AM

FWW is the only magazine that I didn’t cut up. I have every issue from #1 on.

Some times I will pick one or two at random to go through them.

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

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#9 posted 01-27-2008 06:20 AM

FWW has too much info to cut up… but the year compilations on DVD sure looks like a nice space saver – not that I could leaf through a few pages before bed, watching tv or whatever. Not pictured is a 2+ foot stack – five years worth of Family Handyman, and a year + of Handy. Like Mot said… sometimes the issues don’t always have something we need – until we get a new tool, or need something we didn’t forsee way back when.

Back in the days before homeownership, when my wife and I were renters, I subscribed to a few cooking magazines, and, eventually had folders full of desserts, main courses, and so on. Just a few weeks a go I finally purged out most of it – stuff I’m not interested in anymore, or never thought to make several years later… That and the internet has become a more useful and user friendly way to retrieve certain information.

Maybe it’s a January thing, but I”m really in purge mode. Now that we no longer need all this baby and toddler stuff, I’m itching to pass it along. We’ve donated tons of books to the town book sale, have recycled loads of stuff – but the piles remain! The idea is to move to a smaller house (with a bigger shop!) and more usable land in the coming years… and I just don’t want to move all this stuff again – especially the stuff we haven’t even unpacked in 7 years!

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- http://blanchardcreative.etsy.com -- http://snbcreative.wordpress.com/

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scottb

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#10 posted 01-27-2008 06:30 AM

I’ve already torn pages out of the American Woodworkers stack -being kinda ruthless, I only saved about 5 articles, a very short stack so far! Less than all the photocopies I made of the Wood projects I bookmarked last winter.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- http://blanchardcreative.etsy.com -- http://snbcreative.wordpress.com/

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#11 posted 01-27-2008 06:31 AM

I need that mag, I’m going to make that someday. My stack is not that high but I am catching up.

-- Ron Central, CA

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scottb

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#12 posted 01-27-2008 06:41 AM

My reasoning was… if there was a project or two that I was going to make, or if i felt compelled to buy two or more issues off the newsstand, surely it would be cheaper to subscribe, right. Certainly great for continued tips, tricks and inspiration… just whenever the new issues would hit the mailbox I’d lose a couple days worth of motivation,... and adding more to the mental to do list!

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- http://blanchardcreative.etsy.com -- http://snbcreative.wordpress.com/

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#13 posted 01-27-2008 06:26 PM

I did the “cut out the articles I like” approach once and I guess I just wasn’t organized enough. I’m keeping my magazines now.

it’s the catalogs I need to learn to let go. I mean come on, how many months work of woodcraft catalogs does one man need?!!

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