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04-15-2014 06:38 PM

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Hello Friends

From my title you might guess what’s going on ? Yep I’m cleaning my shop trying to vacuum up loose saw dust and putting things back were they belong(???),after a extended time period working on my last job. It’s a much bigger job than it should be because I really didn’t focus on dust collection as much as I should have (not smart health wise) but I felt I needed to keep focus on the job since my customer needed the his project for an upcoming event. So as the title says I found things I’d been looking for and things I didn’t know I had (66 year old brain) and things I just bought for
this job. OH YESSS I’m telling myself I don’t really use this items so maybe I should sell some of those things ,just like I did last time I did a somewhat of a thorough cleaning of the shop (2001 I think :) ,but I still have them,it’s that little voice that says “maybe you’ll need that”.

I’m guessing there might be just one or two of you out there that hear that same voice ?

Oh well back to the dust bowl :)

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#1 posted 04-15-2014 06:45 PM

Oh, yes, I know that voice. I think I still have things from the 50’s that I just know I’m going to need “someday.”

-- Mistakes are what pave the road to perfection

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#2 posted 04-15-2014 06:50 PM

whewww I thought I was alone ha ha

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#3 posted 04-15-2014 06:53 PM

You are not alone, Jim. My former girlfriend was convinced it was a sickness until she needed something I had in a pile of stuff. Okay, she still thought it was a sickness, but she was happy I was able to help.

Sickness? I think not. Compulsive cleaners now…

-- Mistakes are what pave the road to perfection

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#4 posted 04-15-2014 06:57 PM

My shop is a death trap and I guess I have a death wish.


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#5 posted 04-15-2014 06:58 PM

“My shop is a death trap and I guess I have a death wish.”

No one could have said it better.

-- Mistakes are what pave the road to perfection

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#6 posted 04-15-2014 07:02 PM

I purge every 6 months. I go usually get fed up and start throwing things out in the driveway. My wife knows to steer clear. Usually in the spring, when I can open the door, and in the fall just before it gets cold. And yes I usually start looking for things I had the day after the trash goes out.

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#7 posted 04-15-2014 07:04 PM

Jim, don’t feel bad, I found this thing the other day that I bought for my Shopsmith when I first got it. I remember that I felt I just had to have it, now I can’t remember what it’s for…

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be.

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#8 posted 04-15-2014 07:06 PM

“My shop is a death trap and I guess I have a death wish.”

Awesome!! :)

-- Dan

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#9 posted 04-15-2014 07:26 PM

One day my neighbor had company come in from out of state. When he got here his harmonic balancer was coming off the car crankshaft. It was like a 1970 something land barge. An Oldsmobile I think. He said I need a bolt like this where can we get on. I said wait right here and let me look in my shop. People shouldn’t go into my shop without hazard insurance. I came back in about 3 minutes with the 1-5/16 inch diameter fine thread bolt he needed. He looked at it and said what kind of shop do you have. The neighbor kid that lived there was about 16. He said “Oh, you don’t want to go there.” Bottom line is I combined my shop with my Dad’s shop when he had a stroke and had to move. I had things I didn’t buy and some I will never use. I have only had one call for a bolt like that but I can’t bring myself to throw out perfectly good hardware. Jim, you have a lot of company

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#10 posted 04-15-2014 07:29 PM

Great stories guys ,I’m feeling better already :)

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#11 posted 04-15-2014 07:40 PM

My wife would tell you that I never keep anything.
The trash can is my best friend
I end up trowing away stuff that I later need and buy again.

-- Bert

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#12 posted 04-15-2014 07:43 PM

I don’t clean my shop regularly but sometimes it’s a good thing specially when you find something new in it’s original box and say to yourself”I don’t remember buying this”!
Latest find: two packs of paint pyramids from LV.

-- Ken from Ontario, Canada

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#13 posted 04-15-2014 07:47 PM

Find that is an issue too. Went down in the basement and found way too many quart cans of stain I forgaot I had . LOL!

My big thing is “Were the hell did I just put that thing!” Oh yeah Haven’t installed my dust collection parts yet. Even with an overhead air filter going I discovered how mucjh dust my orbital sander can throw EVERYWHERE!

Ironic as I pre planned this many years ago. LOL!

When the number of extras is over five, then I decide it’s time to go! Except old extra construction 2 bys plywood and pine planks.

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#14 posted 04-15-2014 07:50 PM

Sounds to me like Bert is the one around here that has a Problem. :)

Jim I am with you and Grandpa , I had a new neighobor move in last week and they lost the bolts that hold thier bed frame together. Short story is another neighobor told them to check with me because I would have them if anyone would , and I did in a box of parts from several frames that had been left on the curb that I took what I thought I might use from them. Living close to a College you get a lot stuff left on the curb when students move in and out.

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#15 posted 04-15-2014 07:57 PM

Grandpa, you and I are cut from the same cloth! I NEVER throw anything away if there’s the SLIGHTEST chance that I might be able to use it someday! :-)

If I stumble across a screw, nut, bolt or washer I pick it up and put it in my pocket. Throw it in a pile and every few months I sort ‘em into the drawers where I keep all my hardware. I haven’t actually had to BUY any screws, nuts, bolts or washers in about 20 years.

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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