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Monte Pittman

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02-01-2014 01:43 AM

Topic tags/keywords: resource tip question

Over the last couple weeks I have thought a lot about everything in the shop that was never on “the list”. We all keep track of major tools, stationary power tools, portable power tools, all of our commonly used hand tools, maybe a fancy workbench and so on. But how often do you think of things like ladders (I had 4 fiberglass ladders), extension cords (I probably had a dozen 12/3 cords) and cabinets that you built yourself. Do you really keep track of the supplies to support all of those tools? Just curious if others do better than I did writing it all down?

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


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TZH

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#1 posted 02-01-2014 01:51 AM

Again, so sorry for your loss of your shop. One thing that might have helped in the aftermath that I’ve done is to take pictures of everything, and I do mean EVERYTHING, put it on a USB drive and stick it in a fire safe. While new tools and equipment are purchased and old stuff is let go, the urge to update the picture files never goes away. Having a pictorial record on hand also helps in any insurance claims if lost or damaged and needing to be replaced. Hope this might help for down the road apiece.

Take care.
TZH

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Handtooler

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#2 posted 02-01-2014 01:53 AM

Unfortunately not, but I’m gonna start to add ‘em to my list. GREAT advise. For example I’d guess my Pecan self constructed work bench would be valued at $600.00-800.00 w/vises.

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343 bassboy40@msn.com

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Roger

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#3 posted 02-01-2014 01:55 AM

I actually have been wanting to do an “inventory” of all things in my shop. I know you’ve got to going nutz. Gosh, I envy you for holding it together, and wish you the best for getting it all back together. Again, I’m sorry for your many losses Monte.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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DocSavage45

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#4 posted 02-01-2014 02:03 AM

Monty,

I think about it but…like everyone else not when I should. Screws, nails, hammers?, measuring tools. Couldn’t find my pry bars…. And with an itemized list do I write down a location???? You have an opportunity here to redefine yourself and your shop.

Did you ever ask yourself, “what would I not buy if I had it to do over?” You can actually use your hindsight!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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gfadvm

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#5 posted 02-01-2014 02:05 AM

Monte, I don’t have a clue what smaller stuff (router bits, blades, drill bits, and on and on) is in my shop. Probably the best plan is a walk through with a video camera documenting everything. You have inspired me to get this done ASAP (especially after my “near miss” last Sunday!

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

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#6 posted 02-01-2014 02:07 AM

I have an inventory and pix just in case.

-- My bad, 2015 is the correct year...

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#7 posted 02-01-2014 02:16 AM

Have inventory: Brand, type, serial numbers, photos, of everything. And if happened to not have a serial number, I invented my own, and engraved it on the item.

-- BELT SANDER: Used for making rectangular gouges in wood.

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#8 posted 02-01-2014 02:21 AM

Omg… No! I had a fire in our home and you don’t realize some things till a year down the road and you go to get them. Boxes of screws, nails, cleaners, sanding supplies, finishing supplies. The list is endless.

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MalcolmLaurel

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#9 posted 02-01-2014 02:26 AM

I didn’t even years ago, but since my father passed away and I inherited all his tools, every time I look for something I find a tool I didn’t even know I had.

-- Malcolm Laurel - http://MalcolmLaurel.com https://www.etsy.com/shop/MalcolmLaurel

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#10 posted 02-01-2014 02:38 AM

My insurance company highly suggested I take pictures and lists of everything. I did, but have not updated in a long time

-- Norman

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#11 posted 02-01-2014 04:32 AM

I am not good at keeping that inventory either. Really should go through and get a general one. I am constantly thinking I have this or that only to find it is actually a tool I have at work or vice-versa. We had a shop in the agency burn down almost 2 years ago now, the manager there is still coming up with things that they no longer have and need. It’s mostly the small stuff you just take for granted that is there.

Good Luck with it all Monte and thanks for being an inspiration.

CtL

-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- PortablePastimes.com (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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wseand

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#12 posted 02-01-2014 05:16 AM

Maybe you could use LJ, take pics and post them in your “My Workshop” then they will always be there and it will give you a reason to post something.

I have a few pics and some receipts for the larger tools. I use most of my tools quite a bit. I do some remodeling, handy man crap and so on, so i tend to use a variety of tools. They are all segregated into boxes, pouches and so fourth.
Most of my tools are portable so i can move them around the shop when i need to and take them to job sites.

I would have a hell of a time remembering all of them, but If I separate the different type of jobs (plumb, finish, paint, etc…) then i could probably get 80% of them listed.

-- Bill - "Freedom flies in your heart like an Eagle" Audie Murphy

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shopdog

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#13 posted 02-01-2014 01:44 PM

Monte,

Sorry for your loss. I can’t imagine losing all of my tools.
I know where every tool, supply, jig, and piece of wood is…in my shop,
but if it burned, I wouldn’t even come close to remembering what I have.
I guess it’s time for a list, and some photos.
Thanks for making me think about it.

-- Steve-- http://www.urbanexteriors.biz

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bullhead1

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#14 posted 02-01-2014 06:05 PM

Monte, sorry about your loss. As always, you move forward in the face of adversity. Because of this post I will start my inventory and get the wife out in my shop with the camera (I’m not allowed to touch it!).

On a side note, I know getting tools is a top priority so, I thought I would give you a heads up. Stan Houston is having their annual woodworking show at its Sioux Falls location. The dates are February 21 and 22. The factory reps are there and give discounts on equipment, tools and supplies. The discounts are typically 10%. They carry a wide range of woodworking machines including Delta, Powermatic, Saw Sop, Shopfox and others. They also have demonstrations on woodworking techniques. I have gone the last 2 years and enjoyed it and bought my table saw and band saw at the show. I know they have a Rapid City office, so you may want to stop by there or call for details and see if they have a flyer yet.

Good luck and I wish you the best going forward.

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#15 posted 02-01-2014 06:16 PM

Two journals and a spreadsheet have everything recorded.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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