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Forum topic by AngieO posted 362 days ago 1291 views 0 times favorited 51 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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362 days ago

I walked into my shop and just froze at the door. Somehow in my mind… I had left it a bit cleaner than this. Looks like I’m going to need to do some cleaning up. I’m a messy woodworker and throw things everywhere… But what the heck was I thinking? I usually don’t leave it this much of a mess. Maybe it just says that it’s used and loved. Lol. Yeah… I’m going with that. :)

This project is taking me forever… And it’s just something so simple. I hope to get it done this weekend.

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#1 posted 362 days ago

Angie mine has looked worse then that until about 6 months ago. I do not go inside until everything is cleaned and put away. I just try to plan if I am going to be out there for 2 hours I plan the last 15 minutes for cleaning and putting things where they go. My son has been out there working around some and I am having a hard time finding things so I told if everything cant be cleaned and items put back where they go it will be off limits. You will get it back to order!

-- Coach Mancuso

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#2 posted 362 days ago

A clean shop is a safe shop. I try to clean up after each phase of a project and that usually keeps things tidied up. I also try to put tools that I used in the last phase of a project away even though Iʻll be taking them out again. Especially tools like squares. If you knock them off the bench they may get out of square.

Smaller shops need more attention than larger shops.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA

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Monte Pittman

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#3 posted 362 days ago

Mine looks like that right now because of the fair…........OK, I am a slob. Start cleaning Sunday.

Remember, you are the only one that has to be happy there.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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#4 posted 362 days ago

Yeah, I get confused and perplexed, thinking that I am ONLY doing WW’ing when building a “project” and NEVER when just cleaning the shop… I sure wish that maid/butler that I could NEVER afford and NEVER could hire, would get their act together and clean MY shop. I shouldn’t have to come out to the shop and find such a cluttered place!

Who hired this guy/gal in the first place?!... And why isn’t my shop clean?!... OOPs, I didn’t have the bucks or means to hire that person, and,... and,... and,... oh crap… ;-)

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#5 posted 362 days ago

I finally got mine cleaned up. Looks good, right?

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#6 posted 362 days ago

I noticed your empty soda can just left out – horrible.

-- Perfection is the difference between too much and not enough.

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#7 posted 362 days ago

Man…. I’ve been looking for that soda… I knew I had it somewhere. Lol

Yes Gary… Your shop looks good.

HorizontalMike… I know the feeling… I had to fire my maid… She kept leaving soda cans in the shop. Lol. No wonder its a mess. Guess I’m gonna have to hire her back. (I start tomorrow) :-)

Monte… Did your fair go well?

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#8 posted 362 days ago

Coach Mancuso…. Tyvekboy… I usually do a better job. And yeah… I didn’t feel like it was safe. So I gotta get it clean before I get moving again. ;)

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#9 posted 362 days ago

I think the cleaner and more organized a shop is makes it easier and a faster way to mess it up. You can accomplish so much more in less time when things are where they should be, but you make a mess faster too.

-- --Dave, Downers Grove, Il. When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams

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#10 posted 362 days ago

AngieO….now you have the extra shop space to spread it out……I try to put things away every time I am done for the day….sometimes I do…sometimes I don’t….When I don’t and go back to the workshop the next chance I can (sometimes days later) I can’t find things that I left out and forgot where I put them….Often times not finding things from not putting things away is aggravating…maybe I’ll learn someday…

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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#11 posted 362 days ago

I do just the reverse of kdc, and it works better for my temperament. When I’m done for the day, the last thing I want to do is clean up.

OTOH, I find that if I take my coffee to the shop in the morning and putter around putting stuff away and cleaning up and getting stuff out I’ll need for the day’s work while I drink it, that by the time I’m ready to get serious about working things are in pretty good shape.

Just an alternative for those who hate to clean up at the end of the day.

-- Don

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#12 posted 362 days ago

Hmmmm….. Maybe Don has a good point.

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Rick Dennington

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#13 posted 362 days ago

Hey ya’ll…...Now this is how a shop is supposed to look after a project is done……...

-- " I started with nothing, and I've still got most of it left".......

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#14 posted 362 days ago

Nice! Impressive

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#15 posted 362 days ago

Impressive shop Rick! Sure wish mine was that clean. You know what they say Gary, “A cluttered desk is a sign of genius.” At least that’s what I like to think about my shop and desk at work ;)

-- "Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone." -- Pablo Picasso

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