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a1Jim

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12-26-2015 09:05 PM

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Hi friends
I really don’t think much of new years resolutions,but this year I looked around my shop and realized something has to be done. I like to be organized so I don’t spend time looking for things,but not to the point that my shop looks like some shops ,you know the ones that looks like someone’s living rooms without furniture but with top notch matching equipment that looks brand new. I’m not critical of those shops in fact I l marvel at how great they look, but I don’t have the time nor the money to make my shop look like their’s.
Back to what I decided for my new years resolution, looking around I see I have too much stuff in the space I have,so I’ve made a plan and a list.

#1 Get rid of those boxes,bags and piles of small pieces of wood that are all over the shop.

#2 Sell all of the tools that I have three of and keep just one.

#3 Sell or give away things that I have not used in over a year.

#4 Repair tools or furniture that are on my fix this list,or get rid of them.

#5 Clean the entire shop.

#6 Tune up and clean all equipment and tools.

#7 Organize my lumber by size and species.

#8 Reorganize everything left so it can be easily found.

#9 Label all drawers for content.

#10 If these things are not done by New years 2017 Make another new years resolution :))

What’s your new years Resolution ?

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture


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JoeinGa

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#1 posted 12-26-2015 09:16 PM

Looks like a pretty aggressive list ! Good luck and I hope you complete it all !

Mine is pretty simple… I just hope to be a better man next year than I was this year. Both in my personal life and in my woodworking abilities.

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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Kaleb the Swede

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#2 posted 12-26-2015 09:18 PM

Sell one piece of furniture to somebody I don’t know as a friend or family member.

Then save money for a jointer

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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Luddite

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#3 posted 12-26-2015 09:29 PM

Happy New Years Jim and to all LJ’s.
May all our worries last as long as our New Years resolutions.

Thanks for all your postings.

-- T Loftus -- Just on the edge of common sense

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a1Jim

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#4 posted 12-26-2015 09:36 PM

Very good one Joe ,your already a very good guy.

Good luck on both counts Kaleb.

Thanks Luddite ,Happy new year to you and all the folks here too.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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doubleDD

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#5 posted 12-26-2015 09:41 PM

Can’t say it’s a New years resolution, but agree with a lot of your list. Just about finished reorganizing my wife’s laundry and storage area and somehow gained a 2ft x 16ft area for my shop. With that extra room I am hoping to organize the shop to a point where I won’t have to move something to go on to do something else. So I guess what I’m saying as a resolution is to utilize every foot of space to it’s fullest. After all it’s my space and I have to live with it. Why not make it better since I spend a lot of time in there.
Happy New year to you Jim. Good luck in your reorganization.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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a1Jim

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#6 posted 12-26-2015 09:45 PM

Hey Dave that’s something that most of can’t do is enlarge out work space.
Happy new year Dave

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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TiggerWood

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#7 posted 12-26-2015 09:46 PM

I think I’ll adopt your list for my resolution too, minus #7(I always organize my wood as I go). My shop has to be the biggest disaster of all Lumberjocks. There is literally a quarter inch coat of dust on everything, a giant pile of waste bits and pieces a few feet infront of the ts, and tools scattered all around with no hint of organization. I also have enough shredded wood sitting infront of the planer and around the jointer to mulch the property. I just wanted to make it through Christmas.

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a1Jim

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#8 posted 12-26-2015 09:50 PM

Good luck to both of us Tigger.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#9 posted 12-26-2015 09:53 PM

Your list would last me 366 days…then I have that problem where my efforts to organize lead me to start thinking about something else to make and things either stay the same or get worse. I’m probably unique in that respect. Happy New Year and good luck.

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#10 posted 12-26-2015 10:00 PM

My mama told me not to make up lies, even to myself. So I do hereby resolve NOT to lie about cleaning up my shop. Even if I did, Candy would hog up what little room I managed to gain.

-- Still trying to master kindling making

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jaykaypur

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#11 posted 12-26-2015 10:08 PM

I will TRY to get rid of all the piles of scrap I have here and there….....do a similar tool inventory like yourself…....clean up shop, etc. While doing #1, I will happen upon a piece of wood that will SPARK my brain into an immediate project and then a few days later, I will make a promise to myself to get this place in shape….......next year! LOL…....Happy new year to one and all.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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Bill White

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#12 posted 12-26-2015 10:21 PM

Jim, I use December as the month to clean, sharpen, wax, polish, etc.
Seems as if the month is not quite long enough to accomplish all the stuff that needs to be done.
I keep goin’ back to the old military axiom IRON. Inspect, Repair, Only as Necessary.
Guess that this just shows my age!!!!!
Bill

-- bill@magraphics.us

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#13 posted 12-26-2015 10:33 PM



Looks like a pretty aggressive list ! Good luck and I hope you complete it all !

Mine is pretty simple… I just hope to be a better man next year than I was this year. Both in my personal life and in my woodworking abilities.

- JoeinGa

Amen

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be. http://geraldlhunsucker.com/

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teejk02

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#14 posted 12-26-2015 11:10 PM



I will TRY to get rid of all the piles of scrap I have here and there….....do a similar tool inventory like yourself…....clean up shop, etc. While doing #1, I will happen upon a piece of wood that will SPARK my brain into an immediate project and then a few days later, I will make a promise to myself to get this place in shape….......next year! LOL…....Happy new year to one and all.

- jaykaypur

Long suspected it was an “ethnic” thing…my German grandfather made a lot of birdhouses (to get away from my grandmother I think) and saved all the cut-outs from the holes. My dad had coffee cans of bent nails. I don’t save bent nails but I do have a few boxes of scrap that I use for making up jigs for various things or just for general purposes. That all sounds funny but a very good friend of mine is of Swiss origin…when he goes to the dump he brings back more than he took.

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#15 posted 12-27-2015 01:57 AM

My first resolution is to finish those half started projects I’ve got laying around before I start anything new, Period!
A serious cleanup of every corner of my shop.
Jim your #6 and #7 are my #3 and #4. I’ve got a friend with a cabinet shop. I was down there the other day and told him to call me if he was going to get rid any wood. He said he would and it would be a spur of the moment thing. The last time he did that I brought a pickup load of all sorts of scraps and I’m still working my way thru them. So I’ve got to get ready for that phone call. Hopefully there’ll be some good stuff.

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