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Monte Pittman

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11-08-2013 01:00 AM

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Yes the long awaited and often threatened SHOP CLEANUP has begun.

I vow that my wonderful work bench will be usable and not a storage unit.

I vow not to save 100 board feet of truly useless scraps because I might need them tomorrow. Realistically tomorrow I will make more.

I will know the exact location of all of my tools

I will find all of my pencils and tape measures.

I will be proud to take clients into my shop.

Yes, this could take weeks and cost thousands of innocent lives, but it is a battle I must wage.

Have a great weekend everyone!

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#1 posted 11-08-2013 01:02 AM

There’s only beetle kill pine scraps on the fire. It will be burning all day tomorrow probably.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 11-08-2013 01:08 AM

Think of all the valuable tools you will find!

-- Jerry... making sawdust in the Knobs of Southern Indiana

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#3 posted 11-08-2013 01:09 AM

LOL… a great laugh outta this….especially the 100 board feet of scraps saved! s me!

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#4 posted 11-08-2013 01:13 AM

That is one of my goals this upcoming Winter Monte…hopefully this will give me more inspiration to do a major cleanup and shop organization…too many projects pop up to do it sooner it seems.

Show us some before and after pix, so I can see the end result of your hard work.

-- ---Joel; Central MD...rookie empter nester and getting back into woodworking!

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#5 posted 11-08-2013 01:17 AM

I won’t post an actual before picture because it is beyond embarrassing. But I will post as I go.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#6 posted 11-08-2013 01:18 AM

I’m going the other way. Got all the kids’ crap organized in the garage and ended up shoving even more in my cluttered shop so I can park two cars in the garage again before it salting, I mean snowing up here in the rust belt.

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#7 posted 11-08-2013 01:20 AM

Great forum topic ! of luck in your quest for a clean shop

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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#8 posted 11-08-2013 01:42 AM

Monte, a bit premature for new years resolutions. If you get it all done, you’ll never be able to find your tools.

Only 100 bd/ft of scraps? Really? Do you store the rest somewhere else?

Leave the pencils and rulers alone. If you pile them up in the same spot you will be depressed knowing that you spent that much money on measuring and marking devices.

Just kidding! Good luck with the cleanup.

-- Nicky

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#9 posted 11-08-2013 02:01 AM

Since you didn’t post a “before” pic, we’ll never know what it was like when you started!

My shop would probably make you crazy but it works for me. I drove my buddy nuts cleaning up as we went while building the new loafing shed. But when the last piece of tubing was welded in place, we were done without having to spend hours slogging through the mud cleaning up all the cut offs and trash.

I sweep up the sawdust on my slab and haul it off every time I use the mill as well. I can’t help it. I like to work in a tidy environment!

I am proud of you for tackling this!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#10 posted 11-08-2013 02:10 AM

I will post a before picture tomorrow.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#11 posted 11-08-2013 03:14 AM

Monte we are on the same page, I spent most of the afternoon yesterday cleaning my shop. I got the area behind the Planer cleaned – not much, but it inspired me to do more.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#12 posted 11-08-2013 03:34 AM

Monte, you don’t have to clean shop just because you wanted a weenie roast. Keep us posted, this should be good.

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

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#13 posted 11-08-2013 03:42 AM

I started the cleanup of my little shop last week. I have a small shop around 17’ x 20’ like 1/2 of a 2 car garage. First thing I did was cut a long old kitchen cabinet I had along one wall in half. This gave me about 5 more feet to store a planer and router table against the wall. It also forced me to clean house! I had my bond fire. It lasted almost a whole day. Yep a lot of scrap pieces, and I knew if I didn’t burn the stuff, I would weaken and haul it back in.

Next I built a stand for my scroll saw, using scraps from the part of the cabinet I cut off. I made a cabinet to hold my good lumber and good cutoff pieces so they are no longer sitting in a pile in one corner. Made this cabinet for the lumber out of recycled plywood from a big storage cabinet I tore apart about a month ago. I’ve got a couple more things to build and sort out and I will have a much better shop to work in. All it is costing me is the cost of screws, because everything I an building is out of recycled lumber and plywood.

I will have to buy a gallon of paint or so because I want to paint all my new and old cabinets. Look nicer it they were all the same color. I have really enjoy doing it also. Got to build a stand for my belt sander and disk sander, find a place for my grinder, and them rebuild the table the scroll saw, sanders and grinder were mounted on so I can use it as a small work bench and an out-feed table for my table saw when I need to.

One expensive thing I am going to do that will coat me some money is replace all the casters in my shop with good one and get put good ones on the cabinet stands I have recently built. I’ve decided, since I have to move things to use them I going to fix them so I don’t strain my gut doing it. This will take a while because I can only buy a few each month

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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#14 posted 11-08-2013 04:00 AM

Good job on the clean up! And you will enjoy taking people into your shop after the ashes are swept up!

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#15 posted 11-08-2013 04:43 AM

I will use a leaf blower while wearing a respirator. I am not kidding about that. Anything on wheels, out to the drive, I tell the neighbors to close their windows, and start blowing. then, back in the shop, what is not tied down will sail. Twice a year, need it or not.

-- Dan V. in Indy

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