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Forum topic by grizzman posted 07-17-2010 07:12 PM 1568 views 0 times favorited 29 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-17-2010 07:12 PM

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as you enter your shop and scan around the room, the thoughts oh my…I’ll never get it done… long will this take….....uggg….i just cant do it…....wood dust everywhere…boards stacked…piled and laying in places they don’t belong…tools unorganized tools covered in dust…and not just a light coating…some places you could bury yourself in… as you look at all of think…if only the cleaning fairy would come tonight…when i awake it will all be clean…..everything in its place…..i can lay outside my shop and have my favorite masseuse give me a back rub and do a pedicure while i sip on my favorite cold drink …ill close my eye’s and when i awake …i will have gotten the best back rub…my shop will be clean and all my tools put away…the wood is stacked where it belongs and i can start on a new project without adding to the mess that was here….......OK…now wake up…the dream is over and the reality of a messy shop that needs cleaning is still there, we can all wish that there was someone who would travel the world and come and clean our shops..wouldn’t that be grand…my problem is that i cant throw away the small pieces of wood left over from some projects…i just know i will use it for something later…...and ive run out of room for this mentality…im afraid that this winter the wood stove will see more of my scraps then last winter…ill be selective of coarse…but the madness must end sometime…maybe you got a laugh or a chuckle from this…grizzman

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#1 posted 07-17-2010 07:17 PM

Ah yes, scraps. I use a lot of exotics in my box tops and I, also, can’t throw even microscopic bits away. I started off with a shoebox to keep them in because, after all, I was going to use them sooner or later. Then I went to a small storage box. Recently I’ve moved to a larger storage box for my scraps. True I do use bits out of this box, but why does the box keep on growing?

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#2 posted 07-17-2010 07:28 PM

My wife has a cleaning lady clean our house every 2 weeks (despite the fact that she is totally capable of doing that herself). It seems like I should get a cleaning person to clean my shop every 2 weeks also. I wonder if there is such a service available.

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

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#3 posted 07-17-2010 07:40 PM

A clean shop is the sign of a sick mind!
Every time I “clean up,” I end up putting all that stuff away in places I never remember…
I think the answer is that instead of cleaning, we should just “expand” our space.
How I wish that were possible.
Grizz, send the masseuse and the person who does the pedicures to me….

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#4 posted 07-17-2010 07:41 PM

It’s one of the two dredges of having a shop ,Clean up and sanding. I’ve been thinking of buying some trash cans with lids and writing on them Oak, Maple,Cherry, Walnut etc etc . That way I could store the smaller pieces of wood outside and free up shop space.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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Mary Anne

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#5 posted 07-17-2010 08:32 PM

I can’t find my stuff when I put it away.
Still, if I could find someone capable willing to do it for a fair price, I would hire them in an instant!

Capable is the hard part. I hired guys to help me twice during the building of my shop, and, except for total grunt work like running a jack hammer, they ended up being more trouble than help.

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Rick Dennington

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#6 posted 07-17-2010 08:44 PM

Greetings all,

Hey, I don’t know what all the fuss is about…. There’s nothing to keeping a clean shop..

I do it all the time..even with a backache… I was taught “a place for everytning, and everything in it’s place..

Apparently ya’ll weren’t raised by a Drill Sargent for a mother….. lol. And the military taught me a lot….

-- " At my age, happy hour is a crap and a nap".....

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#7 posted 07-17-2010 08:44 PM

Mary Anne, in the UK builders drink a lot of tea, almost continually. Do they drink a lot of coffee in the US?

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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Mary Anne

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#8 posted 07-17-2010 08:54 PM

Just about everyone starts their day with coffee, but most move on to water or soft drinks on the job.
I think most of the guys in the building trades around here would drink beer or liquor continually if you let them.

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#9 posted 07-17-2010 08:57 PM

Let’s face it, woodworking isn’t dirty, but it sure can be messy with all the sawdust, shavings and off-cuts. But I find that my worst problem is laying down tools here, there and everywhere while I’m working on a project. When that happens it isn’t long before I start knocking stuff off counters as I pass by. I have enough tools for a 500 sq. ft. shop, but only 220 sq. ft. to keep them in. I just wish I had enough self-discipline to put my tools away as soon as I’m done with them.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#10 posted 07-17-2010 09:04 PM

damm I thought the dream was real yesterday
until my wife kicked me in the ribs and scream

well it seems to me I have to do it by myself :-(
just never time enoff

but with all those great/fantastic little projects there have been posted lately
it canĀ“t be that hard to use most of the scrap peices :—)


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#11 posted 07-17-2010 09:27 PM

Cleaning the shop … that’s what I have spent the entire morning doing today! I have a big project underway, and all of the cutting, sanding, and most of the assembly is done … the only problem was the place was too filthy to do any finishing!

When my Mom was young, her family moved about every two years. I asked her once why they moved so often … she said her mother would rather move than change the wallpaper!

Hmmm … maybe I should be looking for a new house with room for a shop instead of wasting so much time cleaning!

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#12 posted 07-17-2010 10:33 PM

Look at the bright side Grizz, at least you are not trying to turn a warehouse into a shop! That is a monumental task, even worse than I thought it would be :-((

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

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#13 posted 07-17-2010 11:04 PM

nothing cuold bee esayer Topamax
just let a bull loose in there and in no time it will look like my shop …..LOL

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Roger Clark aka Rex

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#14 posted 07-17-2010 11:09 PM

Looking for a Cleaning Fairy ? hmmmmm “You can lay outside your shop and have your favorite masseuse give me a back rub and do a pedicure while you slurp on your favorite cold drink” – no doubt wishing for these things using your magic wand!!
Well dear, go for it Big Boy!!! Whatever floats your boat.

-- Roger-R, Republic of Texas. "Always look on the Bright Side of Life" - An eyeball to eyeball confrontation with a blind person is as complete waste of Time.

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Gene Howe

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#15 posted 07-17-2010 11:18 PM

I don’t organize until I can’t get out.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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