It's almost Spring out here in the West Coast.
If I get a couple of days of clear weather (very possible) this week,
I'm planning to do a top-to-bottom "Augean Stables", "GI cleaning"
of clean-out of the shop. Over the winter, I just
dropped stuff where I could and now I have to move it all
around to get to things.
Any of you planning the same thing?
Somehow a more organized and clean shop makes
me want to be in there.
(Note the only tool that's obviously been used is the broom.)
And after winning the Festool lottery:
The last picture in that link is the most important tool. Coffee is
I've done it, but am not planning on doing it again. I need to get in
there and clean up the various sawdusty areas and figure out some storage
to keep tools off my bench (when not being used). It is a lot of work,
but it's worth it.
I played with Sketchup for several days figuring out a layout and it's
working quite well.
I'm glad you mentioned sawdust. I generally keep my tools picked up but
rarely clean up saw dust until I finish whatever I am working on, might be
months. Once finished, all the sawdust gets swept up until the next project
when it starts accumulating again
My question is this: a new project creates new sawdust but it seems to reach
a status quo; i.e. reaches a certain quantity and doesn't seem to increase.
Why? (Note: I have never actually measured it)
You forgot to sweep off your eyeballs.
With the attached garage (onto the shop) almost completed, I moved my
jointer, a work table and the anvil from the mai area in there. I
assembled my new planer in the gaage area last fall. I don't have all
the electricity run, yet, so the dust collection is not installed. It
gets dusty/dirty in there, fast. I did this moving a month, or so,
ago and the main part of the shop is more clear, now. I cleaned up
when I moved stuff out, but I still have rearranging to do, more
storage space for hand tools and other odds & ends and a major project
to finish. Cleaning, alone, is a significant job, for me. Lately,
I've been alternating between upholstery, woodworking and try to do
some new landscaping. For convenience, lately, some of my landscaping
tools are stored in the shop garage for use the next day. SOmeday,
I'll get it all straightened out.
Living in a temperate climate offers many advantages.
Put all you mjor power tools on wheels (T/S, Jointer, Planer, Router
Push tools out on driveway to use.
A push broom, a flat bottom coal shovel and a 30 gal garbage can
serves as the dust collection system.
Return tools at end of day.
Was able to work outside in SoCal except parts of the rainy months of
Dec, Jan Feb.
Would even work back in Ohio if 30F-40F doesn't bother you.
My indoor shop space is quite small, and the main room also houses a
model railroad, which doesn't do well with dust.
I just completed a ramp from the kitchen patio door out to the patio to
be able to do the same thing - and all of my major tools are on wheels
just for that purpose. Since I'm in Phoenix, I won't be able to do a
lot of work during the summer months unless I get up really early, but
at least I'll be able to work more often than I have lately with this
HO, yes, about 12 x 18, around the walls. Slowly working on scenery;
the trackwork has been done for a couple of years now, and I have
monthly operating sessions on it - had a good one just last night. The
rest of the space is primarily used to store all of my woodworking tools.
Patio is bare cement, walls on two sides, patio door from the kitchen at
one end, the other end open to the back yard. Outdoor electrical outlet
nearby. Keep thinking about some sort of covering for the patio area
but haven't built anything yet.
Some 1" EMT, a silver tarp, and the 1" EMT fittings to form the frame
to support the tarp and you're in business.
Very common around here to provide some shade over bare cement,
quickly and at low cost..
Gotta be somebody locally selling the stuff.
Another alternative is to use a couple of rolling wire shelving units,
(Amazon.com product link shortened)
They're easy to roll around loaded, they provide storage where you
need it when you're working outside, and it's easy to rig a tarp cover
with some bungee cords and a cross piece or two. If it's something
that you'll do frequently, use some stainless screw hooks screwed into
the garage door head jamb. If you want to work outside in blowy or
rainy weather, add a couple of tarps to the outer sides of the
shelving units. Set up becomes a ten minute job and it'll cut way
down on the trips back and forth into the garage to get a tool or
what else that is nice about the "gorilla" type wire shelving is that zig
zag front of the shelves lend themselves to pegboard hooks and such quite
nicely. Put a large hook to hang an ext cord or anything else you'd like
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