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sawblade1

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05-23-2010 08:42 PM

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After cleaning up my shop I noticed most of the mess was scrap lumber, sawdust and small tools that seemed to never have the same home :(
Just wonder if my thought is leaning toward a trend in cleaner more efficient shops, after spending 3.5 hours vacuuming my shop I am a little frustrated with cleaning up and not having any pay for it :(
This to me is a time eater which could be better spent doing something else, plus it seems to be a fire hazard with all of the dust laying around , tripping hazards with clutter, and a safety hazard having to worry about something being on a tool table. I know the nostalgic feeling of creating dust but how many of you guys are fed up with cleaning up for hours.
I would like to hear both sides of this debate :)

-- Proverbs Ch:3 vs 5,6,7 Trust in the lord with all thine heart and lean not unto your own understanding but in all your ways aknowledge him and he shall direct your path elmerthomas81@neo.rr.com


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thatwoodworkingguy

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#1 posted 05-23-2010 08:54 PM

I clean the shop at the end of everyday. I cant handle working in an even slightly messy shop!
I love it to sparkle

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a1Jim

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#2 posted 05-23-2010 08:58 PM

I like a clean shop so I can find tools and work without damaging my project. Even though I have three dust collectors I still spend a fare amount of time sweeping up. I think for my part I’d be better off setting up to collect the saw dust than the time it takes to vacuum or sweep it up, That’s something I need to work on.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#3 posted 05-23-2010 09:40 PM

I don’t want to think about it, much less talk about it :-))

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

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#4 posted 05-23-2010 09:41 PM

I like a clean shop, thats the only way I can find my tools.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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rance

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#5 posted 05-23-2010 10:04 PM

I prefer an uncluttered shop, a place for most tools, but I don’t mind seeing dust on an item or two. I see other woodworkers spend an inordinant amount of time ‘cleaning up their shop’. I would think they would far benefit by spending that time spent on improving their DC system. I think one should make an attempt to clean from time to time, but I see far too much time spent cleaning up shops. I think a better use of time would be organizing to keep the clutter down.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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JAGWAH

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#6 posted 05-23-2010 11:00 PM

I don’t really care either way. I don’t care for a cluttered shop but a bit messy is no biggy. I do like cleaning tho. The process of cleaning from time to time through the day gives my conscience mind a rest allowing my subconsciounce minions to peruse the problems Iam facing. Sometimes when I finish cleaning they’ve found a dusty bit of brillance laying about the back of my brain and kick it forward to my concience side. Then Eureka! Another moment of brillance and a clean shop to boot. And sometimes as my wife likes to point out I made find that package of sawzall blades I’ve already bought twice over.

-- ~Just A Guy With A Hammer~

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dbhost

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#7 posted 05-23-2010 11:30 PM

I am a bit funny about my shop. It is a complete disaster, but not because of sawdust, or even tools, but rather other non shop stuff that doesn’t really have a home. My lovely wife doesn’t quite understand that the time I spend in the shop cleaning, means I can spend more time actually working on the projects she wants done instead of looking for my tools under her planters, and bags of mulch… I really need a garden shed!

I should mention, I am NO neat freak, and operating room clean shops freak me out as much as completely messy shops do, maybe more so…. There really needs to be a balance…

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com

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SnowyRiver

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#8 posted 05-23-2010 11:31 PM

I prefer an uncluttered shop too. I often stop in the middle of a project and clean the shop then start again. I like to be able to find tools, and I dont want to slip on the sawdust on the floor.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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GMman

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#9 posted 05-23-2010 11:33 PM

Jim should have a clean shop he is never in it he is always on LJ making comments on any little fart that is posted.
Just a joke Jim

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Scott Bryan

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#10 posted 05-24-2010 02:55 AM

I like a clean and uncluttered shop as well. If I don’t keep it that way my wife will “volunteer” to help me tidy it up and then I can’t find any of my hand tools since she will invariably stick them in the first drawer that looks empty enough to hold them.

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

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ND2ELK

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#11 posted 05-24-2010 03:02 AM

I could not stand to work in a dirty, cluttered and unorganized shop. When I am done using a tool I put it away or hang it up. If the floor needs sweeping I sweep it. After every project I completely clean the shop before starting another one.

God Bless
tom

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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Craftsman on the lake

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#12 posted 05-24-2010 03:35 AM

I try to clean after each job or more often if it’s a longer one. It just feels good to start with an organized space and feels lousy when you work in a space that is in disarray.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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Craftsman on the lake

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#13 posted 05-24-2010 03:38 AM

“Jim should have a clean shop he is never in it he is always on LJ making comments on any little fart that is posted.
Just a joke Jim”

Well maybe so but Jim farts out some pretty nice work.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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richgreer

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#14 posted 05-24-2010 02:30 PM

I have a compulsion about keeping things organized. I really have a designated place for everything in my shop and I am pretty good at keeping stuff where it belongs. However, that is only half the battle. The other half is dust and chips (especially when I spend time on the lathe). I fear I put off cleaning up the dust and chips until I just can’t stand it any more.

It seems like my supportive wife should help with the cleaning of my shop but I know that’s never going to happen.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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Gregn

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#15 posted 05-24-2010 05:30 PM

If my shop is clean it shows my head is clear and direct. If my shop is a mess it shows that my head is full of dust and is scatter brain that day. I do enjoy cleaning the shop as it tends to inspire me to relax and think as well as take a break and slow down.

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

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