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Chris

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11-09-2014 07:10 PM

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It started out by putting away a couple of cans of stain. When I realized there was no room in the paint locker, I started sorting through it and getting rid of empty cans and assorted things in there. Next thing you know, I was cleaning out the other lockers. I found the missing snow brush from last winter! Then I started brushing all the saw dust from the tools. That led into breaking out the shop vac and cleaning the whole place! Stop me! I know a clean shop is the sign of a sick mind….

The good thing is that since I’d not running any tools, I can enjoy an adult beverage while doing it. Hell, what are Sundays for anyway?

-- Liberalism... Ideas so good, they have to be mandatory.


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#1 posted 11-09-2014 07:31 PM

I usually clean up after any good size project. If you do a full blown clean up you never know what you’ll find under there,lost pets,a winning lottery ticket or even a waffle iron. LOL

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#2 posted 11-09-2014 07:45 PM

I’m really good about cleaning DURING a project at work.

Not so much at home, i get too involved it seems. I usually do a once over every week or so. Just did one today actually. Big improvement!

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#3 posted 11-09-2014 07:46 PM

Windy days work best for me, I have a window at one end and a garage door at the other, I can go in there with a leaf blower and let wind do most of the work for me. Actually picking everything up and putting it away, especially cutoffs that have accumulated that I can’t stand to part with, takes more effort. As a result, doesn’t happen nearly often enough. I should be cleaning up at least every few weeks, but it seems like more often than not, it every three months or so that everything gets cleaned properly.

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#4 posted 11-09-2014 07:51 PM

Okay, I struck gold! I found the bolt that holds the router table fence in place.

-- Liberalism... Ideas so good, they have to be mandatory.

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#5 posted 11-09-2014 08:35 PM

Had to stop and re-stock the beer fridge.

-- Liberalism... Ideas so good, they have to be mandatory.

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#6 posted 11-10-2014 12:36 AM

I try to clean up every time before I leave the shop, just made it part of the routine. Most of my more serious cleaning ends up being more because I have a small shop and several of my set ups are poorly thought out (my lumber storage currently the biggest issue). At some point I will figure out how to organize everything to make it more functional.

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#7 posted 11-10-2014 12:59 AM

I clean after each project is completed.
Since I don’t really complete ANY projects….
Let’s just say the dust & debris piles come with Sherpas!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#8 posted 11-10-2014 02:26 AM

How often do I clean my shop? Funny you should ask. I just got finished cleaning for the first time since I don’t remember when. It’s taken me three days to swamp it out and get things organized again so it’s obvious to me I don’t do it often enough. I made a mental promise to be more tidy in my work habits. I pretty sure that promise will last until the start of the next project.

-- Visualize whirled peas

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#9 posted 11-10-2014 02:37 AM

I end up doing things the same way… just do one thing, then end up getting in that mode, and cleaning everything. Did it today out in the garage. Was just going to winterize the lawn mower, and get the snowblower ready. Next thing you know I’m instlaling hooks for hanging bikes, clearing out and reorganizing shelves to better store away summer things, and bring winter things to more accessible areas, and sweeping the whole garage lol

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#10 posted 11-10-2014 12:31 PM

I dont really CLEAN very often. The floor is swept of the heavy stuff, and I tend to put away the tools but I mostly just REARRANGE THE CLUTTER

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#11 posted 11-10-2014 04:05 PM

Not often enough. But then I haven’t made a wood project in a couple of years, being so busy at work. Now I’m retired, and it’ll still be a few weeks before I get back into it, since I have a list of home maintenance items to complete. Like, the kitchen sink faucet leaked and trashed the floor in the cabinet. It’s been weeks since I repaired the plumbing (that had to be done right away, of course), but I have yet to get the cabinet floor back in. Probably this week.

I generally do a good cleaning of the shop (such as it is, a chunk of the garage) especially vacuuming up all the dust and grit before finishing an item. The tools generally need to be put away, for the same reason- my workspace is the painting/finishing space.

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#12 posted 11-10-2014 04:15 PM

CLEAN? Guess I have to finish building it first, every so often between projects, attempt to reorganize the mess and collect some wood scraps to burn.(unless it looks like it might have a use someday?) LOL, trying to make room for a work table so I can build my workbench which is about half rough milled! Forgot to mention, have been retired for almost 2 years and about half caught up with things I always meant to get done!

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#13 posted 11-10-2014 04:20 PM

Not often enough. I generally clean off the bench and tools after every project or session, but need to get in a better habit about sweeping up and vacuuming the floor and all the nooks and crannies. What I really need to work on is keeping things organized better—putting tools away every day instead of leaving them out until the project is done, making sure all new things that come into the shop have a home, etc.

-- "Good judgement is the result of experience. A lot of experience is the result of poor judgement."

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#14 posted 11-10-2014 04:27 PM

NEVER! I have saw dust 2 feet deep in some area’s. Who needs to clean when kicking it out of the way works SO well?!

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muleskinner

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#15 posted 11-10-2014 08:00 PM


What I really need to work on is keeping things organized better—putting tools away every day instead of leaving them out until the project is done, making sure all new things that come into the shop have a home, etc.

- JayT

I’m torn with this dilemma. I can never figure out which is more time efficient – sorting through the clutter on my work bench trying to find my scraper or trying to remember where I “organized” it.

-- Visualize whirled peas

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