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Forum topic by Clarkie posted 10-17-2016 03:45 PM 521 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Clarkie

380 posts in 1309 days


10-17-2016 03:45 PM

Good morning jocks, sitting here thinking of the dilemma of ridding the shop of those things that never get moved or used. You know, you have 6 awls, but only use one continuously. I now have 20 tape measures and only use my favorite. I find I have drawers filled with excess “stuff”. Even though I give away as much as is possible, there is always those things that never seem to get used, or I am saving for that special time in the future. I realize that if I could find the time to empty the drawers and shelves I would have so much more room, yet, I keep pushing them back into place and hoping I’ll actually use them. I know I’m not the only one who does this repeatedly. Is there, there surely must be, someone who has broken out of this pattern.
When I do sell or give away something, I always try to give these things to those people who buy something. Yet, when they say, no thanks, already have 10 of those, I put it back on the shelf or in the drawer. Well, that’s my thoughts for the day, have fun, make some dust.


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HokieKen

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#1 posted 10-17-2016 04:44 PM

I actually just went through a pretty extensive purge. I was about to start working on a new workbench build and realized I could barely maneuver the large material and work on it in my cluttered shop. I decided I was fed up with it and vowed not to work on any projects until I had cleaned and reorganized. I just finished (took about 3 weeks of my spare time) and it’ sooooo nice to have all that room and feel like I can walk around without having to move something out of the way. I had a lot of “one day I can do something with this” stuff piled up. Also had a bunch of construction lumber and plywood left overs for “just in case”. I decided if it wouldn’t fit somewhere neatly, it was out. I hauled a pick-up truck load to the dump and gave away a few tools and a couple of electric motors. Gave away some of the lumber and tossed the rest.

I did hang on to a couple of old power tools that I want to restore one day but other than that, anything that hadn’t been used in the last 2 years or that I didn’t have a specific, definite purpose for went away. It’s hard to get rid of stuff that you know could be useful somehow, for something, sometime. But, I feel it’s well-worth it, at least in my case. My shop looks better, is much better organized and it’s much more relaxing to work in the new space.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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JAAune

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#2 posted 10-17-2016 04:49 PM

For pros, this is the secret to a profitable shop. More is not always better.

-- See my work at http://remmertstudios.com and http://altaredesign.com

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ki7hy

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#3 posted 10-17-2016 07:08 PM

I don’t hang on to much. I don’t like clutter. I only have 2 tape measures. One longer than the other. Everything in its place makes for a more clear mind and better woodworking.

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Clarkie

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#4 posted 10-17-2016 09:01 PM

Hey Kenny, last time I did a true clean out, I took 16 truck loads to the dump. Always saving the old little pieces of lumber. I like a clean shop and an organized one is the best. Even though I clean up everyday after working in the shop, somehow this stuff sneaks in. I find that if the shop gets too cluttered, I won’t work in it, I’ll make excuses and leave it alone, lol. Good to hear from you guys, have fun, make some dust.

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Lazyman

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#5 posted 10-17-2016 09:23 PM

My problem, well one of them anyway but let’s not go there, is too many little projects and promises where I have collected parts, wood, components, etc. that I haven’t started yet. If I only had a bigger shop…I’d have even more clutter. I do get fed up about every 4-6 months and have to do a major clean and reorganize session.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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HokieKen

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#6 posted 10-17-2016 09:30 PM



Hey Kenny, last time I did a true clean out, I took 16 truck loads to the dump…

- Clarkie

I couldn’t even fit 16 truckloads in my shop! ;-p

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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Rick M

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#7 posted 10-17-2016 10:07 PM

I don’t know how many wheelbarrow loads of crap I hauled out of my shop last year plus umpteen buckets of scraps that went into the firepit; and I can still barely walk around. The more organized I get the more stuff I find to organize.

-- http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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Clarkie

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#8 posted 10-17-2016 10:44 PM

Hey Rick, “The more organized I get the more stuff I find to organize.” Best way to describe it, lol.

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woodbutcherbynight

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#9 posted 10-18-2016 01:50 AM



I don t know how many wheelbarrow loads of crap I hauled out of my shop last year plus umpteen buckets of scraps that went into the firepit; and I can still barely walk around. The more organized I get the more stuff I find to organize.

- Rick M.

Same for me.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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sawdust703

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#10 posted 10-19-2016 04:29 AM

same here. but 16 truck loads? damn brother, you were busy!

my shop has about 375 square feet of work space. In that, I’ve got every tool we own, plus a 4’ x 4’ worktable, wood scraps leanin’ against every wall. Every month, I TRY to clean out the scraps, take them to the local weldin’ shop for his wood burner. I don’t aqcuire more tools unless it’s an absolute necessity. I’ve probably got a handful I could part with. But it is nice to work in a clean environment.

-- Sawdust703

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Clarkie

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#11 posted 10-19-2016 11:35 AM

Hey sawdust, at the time I had a 1000 square feet of shop. I did antique restoration and when I’d find an old tabletop or drawer front, say from the early 18th or 19th century, I would save it in case I needed to match a certain wood. This may have worked once or twice in 12 years in that shop, but for the most part I just collected the wood. It got so I had a path laid out around my stash of important pieces I “might need”, lol. Also, in those days the charge for the dump was a mere 35.00 a year. Have fun, make some dust.

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