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Forum topic by SteveKnnn posted 06-05-2013 04:12 PM 616 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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SteveKnnn

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06-05-2013 04:12 PM

Well this morning I decided to finally set-up and cut some lock-miter joints on my router table. Eventually, I plan to use the joint on a small box, but today I just wanted to make a successful joint! [reasonable goal, no?]

So I move the router table out from the corner, raise the casters to position the table securely. [step one accomplished]

Then I run my finger across the table, and then a piece of wood. Sure enough the router plate needs to be adjusted. Go to get the Allen wrench.

Aaaaaaaa (buzzer sound) – where the heck are they! A while back, in a similar situation I went to HD and bought two nice sets (English and Metric) of allen wrenches. Now I can not find those or the myriad other ones I own. Obviously I gathered them ALL together and stored them safely!

In looking I rediscovered:
20+ slotted screwdrivers
20+ Phillips head drivers
Five!!! Stud sensors
9 hammers
5 small (< 14”) levels)
Wrenches (open end, didn’t even count them)
So many type and size of pliers, diagonal cutters etc.

Well you get the idea!

RESOLVED: I will NOT go buy more Allen wrenches!

Am I alone in this constant time WASTE of looking for tools, supplies etc? Of accumulating multiples of things I don’t need multiples of?

HELP!!!

-- Steve in Richmond, VA


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Bernie

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#1 posted 06-05-2013 05:29 PM

Sorry – don’t have that problem – my shop is well organized and I keep it clean – problem solved!

-- Bernie: It never gets hot or cold in New Hampshire, just seasonal!

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Craftsman70

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#2 posted 06-05-2013 05:39 PM

I have the same problem, but am slowly getting better. I bought a rolling tool cabinet and have labeled each drawer for what belongs in there. I cause the most problems for myself if I just grab a tool and put it down on a bench or something when I’m finished. To help resolve this issue, I’ve begun forcing myself to put each tool back in its designated location before I leave the workshop.

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sgv

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#3 posted 06-05-2013 06:24 PM

Started out that way. I used to have allen wrenches at ever tool that needed them, box wrenches at ever tool that needed them, ect came up with clever ways to atach them to the power tools, wast of money, end result, I clean up ever day before I turn the light of every day and put hand tools away my 2 cens

-- Tite Lines, May the wind be at your back

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#4 posted 06-05-2013 08:14 PM

I plead the 5th

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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SteveKnnn

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#5 posted 06-05-2013 09:01 PM

Bernie—not sure whether to admire you, hate you, or laugh at the comment.

Craftsman—yeah the most important tool I have in that area is a p-touch label maker on drawers and plastic boxes. Of course I have to clean up each day.

SGV—same comment, up to me to clean up regularly.

-- Steve in Richmond, VA

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NiteWalker

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#6 posted 06-06-2013 02:05 AM

I did have that problem, but took to the rule of 10 (putting 10 things away before you start or finish for the day) and it helped a lot. From there I got into the habit of putting things away as I was done with them.

The shop is a lot neater and more productive.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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SteveKnnn

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#7 posted 06-06-2013 02:47 AM

UPDATE—DAY +1

Didn’t have much time in shop today. But the time I DID look, no Allen wrenches at all! None of three attached sets and no loose wrenches. Very suspicious. I must have organized them somewhere “safe.” My Dad is laughing somewhere, as he used to accuse Mom of putting stuff in a “safe” place!

-- Steve in Richmond, VA

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Bernie

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#8 posted 06-06-2013 03:52 AM

If folks don’t know how to laugh at themselves anymore, you just have to wait until you get old. Life only gets better as we age. Watch this video

-- Bernie: It never gets hot or cold in New Hampshire, just seasonal!

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BJODay

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#9 posted 06-06-2013 04:10 AM

Nice video Bernie,

I didn’t get to watch it all because it made me remember that I had to check the mail, and buy some #10 wood screws and I had to go back for some paint thinner, buy milk, borrow some clamps from my brother…

BJ

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SteveKnnn

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#10 posted 06-06-2013 11:53 AM

Great Bernie, now why am I reading this thread?

-- Steve in Richmond, VA

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SteveKnnn

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#11 posted 06-08-2013 03:07 AM

Well I found a few Allen wrenches today, including one that fits the router plate. I still have not found the sets. I promise to keep looking for them, but tomorrow I will now do what I started out to do… Now what was that?

-- Steve in Richmond, VA

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