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Forum topic by GaryK posted 1681 days ago 3947 views 0 times favorited 87 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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GaryK

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1681 days ago

Do you ever find yourself in the middle of working on a project and realize that you end up stuck working in a little tiny area of your workbench?

Well, I got up from my workbench tonight and looked that the damage I just wrought in just a few days of part time work. Then I wondered if others were afflicted with the same thing.

It seems that I do it all the time. The good thing about it is that everything I need is within an arms reach but the bad part you always need more room!

Kinda of like this.
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Leaving just enough room to work?
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After every project I make myself clean up everything and put it all away. I learned a long time ago that if you don’t all your crap just keeps getting deeper and deeper.

Then I start it all over again.

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


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Sean

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#1 posted 1681 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.

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naturalism

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#2 posted 1681 days ago

It’s a never ending battle.

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#3 posted 1681 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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a1Jim

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#4 posted 1681 days ago

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

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CanadianWoodChuck

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#5 posted 1681 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 1681 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 1681 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 1681 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 1681 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 1681 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 1681 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 1681 days ago

That looks pretty clean to me ! :)

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CharlieM1958

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#13 posted 1681 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 1681 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 1681 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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