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Forum topic by Dallas posted 12-02-2014 04:02 PM 1335 views 0 times favorited 28 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Dallas

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12-02-2014 04:02 PM

This is for all those that grump about our “messy” workspaces.
Einstein said, “If a messy desk is the sign of a messy mind, what does an empty desk show?”

Messy!

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!


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ChrisK

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#1 posted 12-02-2014 04:14 PM

I agree.

-- Chris K

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JoeinGa

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#2 posted 12-02-2014 04:26 PM

I have said it before, and I’ll say it again…

I dont really CLEAN my shop, I just re-arrange the clutter!

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

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Richard H

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#3 posted 12-02-2014 04:36 PM

What one person might find messy another would find efficient so if you are the only person working in your shop go with what works for you. Multi person shops need to be keep more organized so everyone can be more efficient and safe but a personal shop doesn’t have to worry about that. However there is a line here where messy can turn into dangerous. If you have to step over something when using your tablesaw or some other large tool or your standing in a pile of wood chips your create hazards for yourself that don’t need to be there. I keep the places I stand around large power tools clear at all times even if other spots of my shop get cluttered.

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hoosier0311

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#4 posted 12-02-2014 04:38 PM

I set out to clean my shop up, but end up working on a project. I normally sweep up the chunks put tools back in their places and move on. My wife laughs at me when I am putting tools away in their exact spot and then get sidetracked. She claims I have OCD and ADHD, she says “everything has to be just so, but only for a minute”

-- atta boy Clarence!

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hoosier0311

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#5 posted 12-02-2014 04:38 PM

umm

-- atta boy Clarence!

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Dallas

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#6 posted 12-02-2014 05:04 PM

Richard, I never have to step over anything or move anything except for one curious kitty that likes to ride on the sled and watch the table saw blade turn.

Then again, she also likes the suction from the 4” hose on the chip collector.
She will lay against the chute I have on the floor and let it suck here hair in tight.

She is also crosseyed and almost blind, but she can follow a bug in the walls with just her hearing.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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NoThanks

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#7 posted 12-02-2014 05:32 PM

I always believed that your shop is just another extension of your personality.
Everything is typical, and your shop probably reflects how you are in everyday life.
At least for me that’s the way it is. I like a clean shop, a clean house, I keep my truck clean and even organize the bills in my wallet, from largest to small. (5 dollars all the way down to 1 dollars)

-- Because I'm gone, that's why!

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DrDirt

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#8 posted 12-02-2014 05:42 PM

I agree!!!

-- “The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” Mark Twain

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daddywoofdawg

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#9 posted 12-02-2014 06:12 PM

my shop looks messy my gf say’s I should pick it up,but when she asks me for a tool I can tell here right where it is,or reach and hand it to her.other than vac the saw dust and keeping the floor clean if it works for you your good.there is a difference between dirty and a shop too small.

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helluvawreck

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#10 posted 12-02-2014 06:17 PM

My shop is in total chaos until my addition is finished. However, it’s never perfect.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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Richard H

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#11 posted 12-02-2014 06:28 PM


Richard, I never have to step over anything or move anything except for one curious kitty that likes to ride on the sled and watch the table saw blade turn.

Then again, she also likes the suction from the 4” hose on the chip collector.
She will lay against the chute I have on the floor and let it suck here hair in tight.

She is also crosseyed and almost blind, but she can follow a bug in the walls with just her hearing.

- Dallas

I wasn’t speaking about your shop specifically as I have never seen it rather in general I wanted to point out there is a line between messy because you are working on something and want to keep things efficient and in easy reach and messy to the point of creating hazards to yourself or others. I will often stop and put some things away just to give myself more working space and make sure I don’t create work hazards.

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Bluepine38

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#12 posted 12-02-2014 06:30 PM

Since my shops are supposed to be an extension of my personality I am in big trouble, and the fact
that my oldest son is a psychiatrist ain’t gonna help. Anyone wishing to help, can find me at my office
at the intersection of WALK and DONT WALK.

-- As ever, Gus-the 78 yr young apprentice carpenter

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DocSavage45

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#13 posted 12-02-2014 06:47 PM

Hey,

I’m a woodworker in psychologist clothing! How weird is that? And I work very hard to keep my client meeting offices in order. I also have adhd, both a blessing and a curse. I make it a point to clean my shop so I can find my tools. I also have OLD going too. LOL! My home office is scarey!

I think in the long run it makes no difference if you have genius and creativity if you don’t use it.

Dallas, thanks for trippin the trigger. LOL

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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helluvawreck

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#14 posted 12-02-2014 06:58 PM

I would probably agree with what my wife says about me, at least where our house is concerned. She says that I am the messiest man in the world and that I never put up anything. However, when it comes to my shop I keep it relatively strait but it’s never perfect. I always find it difficult to get everything done. Having said this, I still take good care of my tools and equipment but it will never be perfect.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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bandit571

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#15 posted 12-02-2014 07:10 PM

Nah, tain’t messy….MY SHOP is meessssyyyyy!

Somedays, I’m ankle deep in shavings….

This is a cleaned up view..

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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