The American Craftsman WorkShop #20: A Little OCD Goes A Long Way

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Blog entry by Todd A. Clippinger posted 01-11-2010 07:22 AM 4077 reads 1 time favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 19: Lumber Storage Under Control Part 20 of The American Craftsman WorkShop series Part 21: Shop Organization - The Payoff »

I Think I’m Sick…

I can’t seem to stop organizing the shop.

I thought that I was done organizing and I started to move on with my project but did not get very far. I got sidetracked with getting my taxes together.

This led to the realization that I could dispose of 5 years worth of files and paperwork. This led to me emptying out several file storage containers and almost burning up my shredder.

I got a bug and started cleaning up the storage room. This allowed me to make more room for stuff from the shop that does not get used often, which means more room in the shop.

I had been using a tall box to contain items that were difficult to store. This consisted mostly of long items like painting poles, story sticks, copper pipe, and FastCap wall poles.


Since getting this end of the shop organized, I had regretted not taking care of this last item. Now was the time to scratch that itch.

I cut the box down at least 30% of it’s original size and found a home for it in the storage room. I got rid of some items that I was not using and had been storing for years. I found that everything fit nicely in the newly downsized box and now it no longer consumes space in my shop.

The door and the window above it was not trimmed yet and so I finished it off. To add the final touch, I found a new home for the push brooms and hung them up for easy access.

Here is the latest of how my newly reorganized shop looks. I need to stop obsessing over the details of organization now and REALLY get back to work.

(The wood stacked against the wall is part of the current project.)



Peace, Love, & Obsession With Shop Organization

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#1 posted 01-11-2010 08:12 AM

Thanks for sharing your reorganized shop. You have given us all many ideas on organizing and better storage. Now I just need to get out there and do it.

-- Mike The Termite ~~~~~ Working safely may get old, but so do those who practice it.

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#2 posted 01-11-2010 08:51 AM

I am just jealouse of the size of your shop. Mine is only about 12×12.

Looks great. If you stay on top of it, it is a LOT easier to keep clean. haha

Thanks for posting.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#3 posted 01-11-2010 10:30 AM

Theres nothing wrong with a clean shop, is there ??

-- Taigert - Milan, IN

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#4 posted 01-11-2010 11:00 AM

I’m working on mine too Todd, I’m down to virgin concrete that had never been seen by man before :-))

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

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#5 posted 01-11-2010 01:22 PM

Nice looking shop. I know about the porblem with redoing your shop, I am still doing it also. Just got a Low Priced Lathe. Now I’m trying to figure out where to put it. I will post pics of my shop soon.

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#6 posted 01-11-2010 02:40 PM

Nice job Todd.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#7 posted 01-11-2010 03:57 PM

Todd, you’d drop dead if you saw my shop.
I bet yours’ is a delight to work in.
You could put three or four of my shops in yours’.

When I hit the lottery, I’m going to pay you whatever price you ask to come over & help me get as organized as you!

-- Eric, central Florida / Utor praemia operibus duris

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David Murray

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#8 posted 01-11-2010 05:06 PM

My wife say’s that sounds like me. As I alway’s tell her a wood shop is a work in progress. Like the new look

-- Dave from "The Sawdust Shed"

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#9 posted 01-11-2010 05:34 PM

Great job Todd.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#10 posted 01-11-2010 05:36 PM

Well done Todd

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#11 posted 01-11-2010 05:48 PM

I dunno, still see a little bit of a mess. Too many nice tools in there. You really ought to send that drum sander to me. My shop is always a mess and I don’t mind!

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#12 posted 01-11-2010 05:51 PM

It might be time to switch to decaffeinated.

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#13 posted 01-11-2010 05:51 PM

Looks Great Todd. I really need to do the same.

-- A thing of beauty is a joy forever...

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#14 posted 01-11-2010 05:54 PM

dbhost – Sending you the drum sander would open up a lot of floor space;)

I am working to motivate everyone through shop envy. It doesn’t have to be big to work in, just organized.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#15 posted 01-11-2010 06:15 PM

Now it’s too clean you won’t be able to work.

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