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Forum topic by Rick Dennington posted 11-15-2011 07:11 PM 2383 views 0 times favorited 51 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Rick Dennington

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11-15-2011 07:11 PM

I have 2 3” 3 ring notebook binders that I’ve used for years to store all of mine. One stores everything that I have bought over the last 30+ years that requires a manual or instructions. I never throw any of those away, as they are good references if I run into a problem with things such as power tools, saws, RAS, drill press, planer, etc.,etc., etc. Always keep manuals to fall back on, just in case. The other one is for all my woodworking drawings, notes, rough sketches, and plans. Most of my ww projects are usually drawn up, but I also have plans and drawings from woodworking magazines such as ShopNotes, Woodsmith, Wood, etc. Good reference, also. This system works good for me, but I was just curious as to how you store yours. Do you keep them in a binder, in a file cabinet, on the computer….how ?

-- At my age, an "all--nighter" is not having to get up and pee...!!!


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#1 posted 11-15-2011 07:20 PM

I am building a “Bookcase cabinet”. Basically an open cabinet sized to house the magazines and WW books. Books will stand on their own, magazines for the time being will be housed in “Bankers Box” magazine storage boxes until I can build some nicer ones, and anything loose leaf will be hole punched if not already, and stored in 3 ring binders as you show.

My bookcase cabinet is painted, well mostly, it’s still in progress you know. But it’s white, 6’ 1-1/2” long x 16” tall b 12.75” deep. This was sized to give me an interior volume that is 6’ wide 14.5” tall and 12” deep to allow for my larger books, and LOTS of it. The whole thing will be hung by a french cleat system.

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#2 posted 11-15-2011 07:28 PM

LOL

I have them in notebooks, in a file box, ia file cabinet, laying on the bench, and stored on the computers hard drives.

Once in a while I get lucky and know exactly where “X” item of interest is, and actually put it back when I’m done.

-- Joe

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#3 posted 11-15-2011 07:31 PM

db,
I have a cabinet like what you are describing, also. I built 3 of them several years ago, and one is used to hold all my ww books, magazines, etc. I also store mine in those plastic magazine storage boxes..I atarted doing this about 1985, and I’ve got a ton….That will be a nice set-up when you’re done…..Got to have room for the “reading material” and references to fall back on…..

-- At my age, an "all--nighter" is not having to get up and pee...!!!

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#4 posted 11-15-2011 07:34 PM

Joe,
It sounds like you need to get originized a little better….lol… That’s funny…..If mine were scattered out like that, I’d never know where anything is at…..Ever thought about hiring a maid?....:)

-- At my age, an "all--nighter" is not having to get up and pee...!!!

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#5 posted 11-15-2011 07:36 PM

manual – is that a term that should be added to the glossary, maybe?

Whit

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#6 posted 11-15-2011 07:39 PM

whit,
Reall depends on wheather you use one or not…..some do…some don’t…Some just “wing it”....:)

-- At my age, an "all--nighter" is not having to get up and pee...!!!

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#7 posted 11-15-2011 07:45 PM

Rick;

We have a large 4 drawer lateral file cabinet in the shop so we can store manuals in individual file folders in Pendaflex hanging files. Instead of a folder for every single item we categorized everything. For example, we have a folder for cabinet table saw but, keep manual (and receipts) for the TS and all accessories purchased for the TS in the same file folder. Same for router table, drill press, etc.
We keep woodworking magazines in magazine storage boxes (see link below) on bookshelf. All are stored chronologically so it’s easy to find a particular issue to reference a project or plan.

Good Luck!

-- Rick Gustafson - Lost Creek Ranch - Colorado County, Texas

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#8 posted 11-15-2011 07:53 PM

Rick, (catchy name,isn’t it?),

Sounds like you have the system down, and it sounds like a really good way to go with the files. Like you, I keep all my ww magazines in those plastic storage boxes, also (see my post to dbhost above). I store mine by the month and year, and I’ve lost count of how many I do have….:). They are like rabbits…..keep multiplying.
Edit: Your link didn’t come through…it just has a red “X” in the box…..

-- At my age, an "all--nighter" is not having to get up and pee...!!!

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#9 posted 11-15-2011 08:00 PM

Rick;

Not sure what happened to the link. The mag storage we use are same as dbhost “Bankers Box” and pretty reasonble in cost. Thought about making some nice wood ones but, the cardboard ones work well and I would be building mag boxes for weeks as I also have a pretty large collection.

-- Rick Gustafson - Lost Creek Ranch - Colorado County, Texas

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#10 posted 11-15-2011 08:01 PM

I keep my manuals in a pile on a side bench, where daily they remind me of my need to get better organized. I have a half built cabinet where they will eventually go…

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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#11 posted 11-15-2011 08:11 PM

For all the equipment and machines in my shop, I have all the paper in a drawer in a tool cabinet. Just this week I noticed that I have outgrown one drawer and have to move into a 2nd drawer. It’s not neat like yours Rick; but I don’t have any trouble finding what I need, and I’m not missing anything. Forgive me, but your pains to make it neat is…..not my style. My husband, OTOH, has arranged his paper in his “auto” shop like yours.

-- When you are asked if you can do a job, tell 'em, 'Certainly I can!' Then get busy and find out how to do it.”   Theodore Roosevelt

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#12 posted 11-15-2011 08:13 PM

Manitario,

Sounds like you nee to get busy and build the other half of your cabinet…those manuals will be piled higher and deeper before too long…..you’ll run out of room on your bench.

-- At my age, an "all--nighter" is not having to get up and pee...!!!

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#13 posted 11-15-2011 08:17 PM

Seawitch,

I’ve got to keep mine in order, or else I’ll forget where I put eveything…..:) My memory is still intact, but who knows for how much longer ? I’ve just always been a “neat-nick”...My mother and the Army taught me that.

-- At my age, an "all--nighter" is not having to get up and pee...!!!

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#14 posted 11-15-2011 08:25 PM

Mine are mostly digital now, except for older stuff. Easy to print out the pertinant pages, and recycle afterwards…brave new world, eh?

-- One of these hammers oughta fix that...

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#15 posted 11-15-2011 08:25 PM

I’m a neat freak too, when there is somebody else to pick up after me. Back when I had a secretary, her job was to clean off my desk, table, etc. before I got to work, so at least once a day everything was in its place.

Now when I tell my wife to do that, well——she says’s——-.

-- Joe

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