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Forum topic by JKMDETAIL posted 04-03-2017 07:56 PM 892 views 0 times favorited 13 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-03-2017 07:56 PM

Topic tags/keywords: that moment when you look around and see the only flat surface available is the table saw need a cleaning day

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Ron Aylor

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#1 posted 04-03-2017 08:10 PM

... consider getting some of those little Velcro┬« dots … glue them around the shop and on tools and work pieces … and take advantage of all those wasted vertical surfaces … LOL!

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#2 posted 04-04-2017 07:54 PM

I hear you. My shop is 1200 sf and I can never find a spot flatter than my saw top. To clean my shop and rearrange things, would take me at least 4 days; something I don’t look forward to. I’ve tried in the past to keep things organized, but once I get around to putting something away, I find I need to create a spot for it which changes my focus to making something for the job from just organizing. For example; boxes of screws pile up and for them to be organized, I have to make something to store screws; there goes the day.

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#3 posted 04-05-2017 01:57 AM

Solution: 1) Clean shop; 2) Don’t use shop for other than a showcase; or, 3) Add another thousand square feet and occupy it with horizontal surfaces.

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#4 posted 04-05-2017 01:33 PM

Put French cleat rails all around the shop and make holders for everything—and little shelves for here and there..
I always thought that looked so cool in pictures, but never put the effort into doing it..
my limited shop time is spent “doing something”.. and then cleaning up the floor so I can put my car back
where it belongs.

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#5 posted 04-05-2017 01:44 PM

Heck life has been busy and getting ready for a show at end of the month…..Clean up then right.

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#6 posted 04-05-2017 03:36 PM

The table saw is the first flat surface to get used!
Stuff slowly piles up on the outboard side of the fence. I notice this problem when it comes time to crosscut a board and I can’t slide the fence far enough over. One trick is the fence can be used to “scrape” off all the crap I’ve been piling up, start off clean again 8^)

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#7 posted 04-05-2017 05:08 PM

My problem with keeping the shop organized and clean is the type of work I do. Mostly, I work with small pieces of wood and metals, as my hobby is model making. The parts I work on, being small allows me to use scraps; all of which accumulate. I can’t throw anything away as I can always find a use for that piece of scrap. As far as tools are concerned, they are easy to put away.

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#8 posted 04-05-2017 05:41 PM

8’ x 12’ is less than 100 sq ft and its a live cabinet shop.


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#9 posted 04-05-2017 05:46 PM

ha. i know this well.

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#10 posted 04-05-2017 06:36 PM

This is why I tore out two wall workbenches and started making dedicated place for everything.

-- Rick M,

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#11 posted 04-05-2017 06:44 PM

Sometimes you just gotta do it…..clean that is

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

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#12 posted 04-05-2017 08:35 PM

The last few weeks I’ve taken the time to do little projects here and there that keep things organized. I’ve been stashing my TS blades in the open cabinet under the miter saw. It would be fine but there’s other stuff piled in there. So I took ten minutes to make a blade holed for the three blades and hung it on the wall. Took a few more minutes. Made draw dividers in my tool drawers. So now I don’t have to dig in and find the one I need. That took maybe two hours to make and then put everything back. Built my router table. It obviously took longer, but it cleared up other spaces and now I know where everything router associated is instead of asking myself “Where did I out that?” Slowly but surely, there a place for everything and everything in it’s place. Now it takes me a few minutes to clean up even when it looks like a hurricane blew through the joint :) Wood storage and in particular, cut-offs are my bugaboo.

-- Bill, Yo! Brooklyn & Steel City :)

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#13 posted 04-05-2017 08:48 PM

Commiseration is calming – thanks.

-- Cheap is expensive! - my Dad

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