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Forum topic by canadianchips posted 03-31-2010 04:00 AM 1380 views 0 times favorited 32 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-31-2010 04:00 AM

As I “SHOP SURF” I am in envy. Clean floors, Organized peg boards, Near new tools,No saw dust anywhere, Tools all lined up. Just wondering. Do you people use your shops ? If so, are they this immaculate all the time ?
Nice to see, And I am guessing a pleasure to work in knowing where everything has its place.

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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#1 posted 03-31-2010 04:32 AM

not all the time…i just try to keep it as open spaced as possible.

-- M.K.

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#2 posted 03-31-2010 04:37 AM

my shop gets very dirty at certain phases of a project , something I am working on improving with a new dust collector, at the end of every day in the shop I do a little cleanup, as I move from one operation to the next a little cleanup and before finishing I do an intense cleanup with compressed air, vacuming brushing and finally a broom and a dust pan, if I didn’t my finish would have not only dust but chips in it, also everything would be covered in wood dust and shavings, I would be very unorganized and much more time and labor would be wasted. Working in a clean as I can keep it shop is a relaxed pleasure, which is why I do it, I control everything in my shop so if something goes wrong, it’s because of me, it’s my escape from the real world where it seems we control less and less of each day.

-- Roscoe in Iowa

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#3 posted 03-31-2010 04:45 AM

My shop has very limited space, so It has to be clean after every project.
And safety reason.

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#4 posted 03-31-2010 05:03 AM

My current shop is a total disaster. I just finished building a new “bigger” shop and picked up some used cabinets today. The plan is to organize everything and keep it that way. I refuse to move in until all cabinets and the dust collector are installed. Something I didn’t do in my current shop, so it never was fully organized. I’ll post pics when it is finished.

-- Paul, North Dakota, USAF Ret.

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#5 posted 03-31-2010 05:05 AM

I tend to stop work during a project from time to time and clean up then start in again. Cant stand walking around in the sawdust, plus I cant find my hand tools with stuff laying all over the place. After the project is complete, I clean it all up, admire how it looks, then start in on something else.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#6 posted 03-31-2010 05:08 AM

I second what SnowyRiver said. Also, I only take pictures of the place when it’s clean cause it drives other jocks crazy! LOL.

-- Gary D. Stoughton, WI

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#7 posted 03-31-2010 05:33 AM

My shop is utter chaos most of the time. But it is “MY CHAOS.”

-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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#8 posted 03-31-2010 05:37 AM

I tend to clean up at the end of every day I spend in the shop. Sometimes I’m too pressed for time and are unable to clean before going into the house, but I do make it a point to keep it clean.

For me, a clean and organized shop is a pleasure to work in. We all have a lot of money tied up in our tools. Why leave them in a pile on the work bench?

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#9 posted 03-31-2010 05:45 AM

If I spend 15 mins. looking for something I just had in my hands before that, its time to clean the shop. I just got my new building today. Its 12’ x 30’ gable shed since it is half the size I use to have, keeping it clean will be a must. Besides a clean shop is the sign of a depraved mind behind the scheme of things.LOL

-- I don't make mistakes, I have great learning lessons, Greg

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#10 posted 03-31-2010 05:45 AM

My shop/studio is 12’ x 20’ Not huge but not tiny either. I have it packed with too many tools and equipment making it difficult to keep spic and span however I made it much easier to sweep and clean the floors by putting 12” x 12” tiles on the floor(not the ceramic kind). I also hung a sheet of tarp on a wire that hangs behind me when I’m at the lathe cause the chips/shavings fly into the shelves and makes it a mess to clean. Now they hit the tarp and drop to the floor.

I do try to keep it clean but the dust gets everywhere although I never see it floating around. I do keep the floors swept up and try to put things away but they always seem to congregate on any flat surfaces. SIGH! Every now and then I have to stop and really put things away. It seems like magic that they reappear where they were so quick after I so painstakingly put them away!

My shop does get used every day except when the LOML and I go out of town. I’m retired and need to be out there doing something. I think that if I had gotten the lathe first I would have stopped there. But I’m glad that I have what I have.


-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#11 posted 03-31-2010 06:04 AM

Mine is also a full time garage, so it gets cleaned at the end of every day. My vac hose reaches wall to wall. I try to use the a blower every month which helps alot, picking a windy works great. Small spaces get cluttered fast but clean up quick. Im also very aware of fire hazards with reloading , gas water heater, elec clothes dryer, rags from staining, and me with Murphy’s Law all in one room.

-- Thank You Veterans!

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#12 posted 03-31-2010 06:39 AM

I think a lot of folks clean up before the post their shops. I like a clean shop and try to clean up as I go but sometimes it gets pretty deep.

-- Custom furniture

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#13 posted 03-31-2010 12:42 PM

My shop is not the neatest but my wife gives me plenty of incentive to keep it passably neat. If I don’t keep the sawdust off the floor I get yelled at for “tracking sawdust” into the house. And my wife, who has a passion for keeping things neat and orderly, is always ready to pitch in and help me organize my shop if it gets too messy. The only problem is that I can’t find any of my tools afterwards since she will invariably stick them in the first drawer that is available. :)

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

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#14 posted 03-31-2010 01:44 PM

After every project I completely clean my shop. The main reason is that I finish in there as well. I feel a shop has to be neat and organized at all times. You know where everything is at, it is a safer and more enjoyable place to work in. I look at some shops and say, “I know there is a shop in there some where”.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#15 posted 03-31-2010 01:49 PM

In my picture, you can see me doing snow angels in the lathe chips, as I prefer turning, my shop (garage) kind of looks like this anyway, most of the time. As my Wife, likes to park in half of my shop, she is annoyed by this, I have to explain to her, that I mostly turn green wood, and need the chips, to dry before cleaning them up. I am very careful when it comes to putting finish on projects, and clean up one day, then wipe down some of the surfaces after the dust settles, right before finishing.

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

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