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Forum topic by Belg1960 posted 07-19-2013 10:54 AM 602 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-19-2013 10:54 AM

Good morning guys, I guess this is more of a statement than a question but do most people work more efficiently rather than fast.
I have learned by trail and error to slow down, to put a tool back where it belongs before moving on. I used to just try to blaze thru and would wind up with 2’ of space to work in and a pile of tool all over every flat surface in the shop. As old age is starting to creep up I guess some patience has as well. When frustrated a take a step back and take a break, because it will only end in frustration otherwise. Any thoughts from the seasoned woodworkers? Thanks

-- ***Pat*** Rookie woodworker looking for an education!!!

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Dan Krager

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#1 posted 07-19-2013 11:35 AM

Pat, I’m with you on this all the way. About 4 years into a woodworking career in 1970s, I began to appreciate the need for discipline in organization that led to efficiency. I grew frustrated like you trying to find things, and the problem got worse as my tool collection grew and got more valuable. Things came to a head one day when a $600 tool hit the concrete and was destroyed because i left it on the bench and it got scooted over the edge when I moved something else. That day I tore down that crude bench (didn’t like it anyway) and built one that you cannot lay a tool down. Then I began to organize tool storage that was within arms reach of the bench and power tool cords were bobtailed and fitted with twist locks connecting to an overhead arm S.O. cord on a cordomatic. Things began to improve noticeably and I quickly grew used to the “new way”. Been working on improving that ever since. The latest improvement comes from a series of hand tool purchases needing a place to be. See my post on

-- Dan Krager, Olney IL

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#2 posted 07-19-2013 02:50 PM

I can suffer from the same problem, I too have learned to take my time and clear up as I go, I’ve found my hobby becomes less frustrating that way too.

-- No one plans to fail, they just, just fail to plan

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#3 posted 07-19-2013 03:41 PM

Been there done that. Trying to scramble to find something in all the clutter on the workbench was a nightmare in frustration. As soon as I finish with whatever the tool is used for, it goes where it belongs.

-- *Arachnoleptic Fit*: The frantic dance performed just after you've accidently walked through a spider web.

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#4 posted 07-19-2013 10:26 PM

Yep. I started out with a clear space the size of my workbench in a 1-car garage, so I had to learn right away that things had a home and had to be kept there. As I’ve slowly reclaimed the garage I’ve made sure my storage capability kept up with my storage needs. I’m finishing up a couple projects and then will be building more storage and stuff for the shop, since I’ve gotten a few new tools and such for these projects and they need a place to live.

I sweep and straighten the shop every morning over my second cup of coffee, and if it takes over 5 minutes I put myself in the doghouse for the day, being extra-careful that I don’t have that problem two days in a row.

-- Don

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#5 posted 07-20-2013 12:08 AM

Regular as clock work…I like that! Every Sunday afternoon I clean my shop with a D9 whether it needs it or not!

-- Dan Krager, Olney IL

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#6 posted 07-22-2013 01:44 AM

$600 tool!!!! Damn I was pissed when my Starrett square hit the rubber anti fatigue mat. If u can get a D9 into your shop to clean it I’m jealous.

Its nice to know that I’m not alone in our small crowded spaces. I have really tried hard to organize as much as possible. To this end I build my drawer cabinet, being as large as it is I’m having alot of trouble remembering what is in each. Now that I have almost completely filled it I need to make some labels/signs for each till I know where everything is.

Jim, true enough if the tools go back to where they belong its much easier to work.

Why did this get put into the see the topic to see result??

-- ***Pat*** Rookie woodworker looking for an education!!!

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