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Thread: 3rd Annual Shop Clean-Up and Improvement Week (completed)

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    3rd Annual Shop Clean-Up and Improvement Week (completed)

    Today, I started my third annual shop cleanup project. This is what happens each year in November when I move from mainly outdoor project mode to mainly indoor project mode. Last year I submitted the thread: http://familywoodworking.org/forums/...read.php?t=413 about my 2nd Annual Shop Clean-Up and Improvement Week. There was sufficient construction involved last year to place that thread in the “Carpentry and Construction” forum. This year, I will mostly just be organizing and cleaning so I am putting this thread in “General Woodworking” forum.

    The shop is messier and more disorganized right now than it has ever been . Here is a picture taken from just inside the main entrance:

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    Every surface including the new woodworking bench that I partly built last winter is piled high in stuff, the cyclone dust collector is disconnected, there are quite a few tools that I can’t find, and the place is very dusty and dirty. Not shown in the pictures are a whole lot of tools that I took to Pellow’s Camp with me and have not yet been returned to the shop. Also, there are still a few parts of the ceiling that have never been painted.

    I turned on the propane space heater this week but, with the pile of stuff in the relaxation alcove, I certainly can’t risk having a fire in the woodstove:

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    Finally, here is picture taken from the relaxation alcove looking back towards the entrance:

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    In the foreground you can see the planer with the hood removed. I have just started to remove the knives and replace then with new ones. The same thing needs to be done with the jointer.

    I am starting this thread primarily to put some pressure upon me to complete the task. Next Sunday I will post new photos from the same locations and I don't want to be embarrassed again.
    Last edited by Frank Pellow; 11-19-2007 at 01:08 AM. Reason: spelling
    Cheers, Frank

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    Good for your, Frank. Everytime I clean up my shop, it takes me 3 weeks to find things again so I can work! Jim.
    ps. My shop looks just like your pictures. I can't stand to make another horizontal surface, it will just get cluttered up with stuff like the others.
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    Frank, I beat you by about three weeks. Went to the garage and just had had enough. Since I bought the lathes, I just added where there was space. Rearranged and cleaned up and created a corner, where the lathes, drill press, BS, SCMS, grinder and glue up table are all within a four foot square. Man is it nice working when things are where they belong and one process doesn't require walking back and forth three or four times.

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    Thanks Frank - I knew that there was something missing in my shop - a relaxation alcove!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian Barley View Post
    Thanks Frank - I knew that there was something missing in my shop - a relaxation alcove!
    Ian, it's the most important place in the my shop (and I am not kidding).
    Cheers, Frank

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    When you get done you can come over and help me clean my soon to be shop.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Al killian View Post
    When you get done you can come over and help me clean my soon to be shop.
    I just might take you up on thaty someday Al. How far are you over from Toronto?
    Cheers, Frank

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    Mid-week Report

    Well, the week is half over but I have not accomplished half the task.

    On Monday, I managed to spend about 10 hours on the shop clean-up project. Where to start? It was miserable outside and I thought a wood fire would be nice, so I started on making the wood-stove safe to use. The first thing I need to do was to complete the seven new utility boxes that I started on Sunday. The construction is very simple (screwed together butt joints) and everything was already cut and stained , so this didn’t take long:

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    I filled all seven of the new boxes and one of the old ones with wood scraps, cardboard, and paper and piled them safely near the stove. Next, I took the chimney apart and cleaned out the soot:

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    All the contents were removed from the bookcase, reorganized and culled, then (after a thorough cleaning of the bookcase) were put back. Now it was safe to have a fire. I forgot how easy it was to get the temperature up in a hurry and had a really roaring fire. In what seemed like no time the temperature was up to 28 degrees (that’s somewhere in the 80's in the old Fahrenheit system) and I had to open the shop doors and windows to get it down to a comfortable 20.

    Over the past year some of the plastic brackets that hold up the bins used to store hardware have cracked and broken under the weight of the bins :

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    I decided to make some replacement brackets out of Baltic birch scrap. The first attempt was to make a bracket about the same size as the plastic ones and with a stop at both ends of the slot used to support the lip on the back of the bins. This can be seen just above the plastic support in the photo below. I tested this with a very heavy bin and it seemed to me that brackets made like this might, too, break over time.

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    Also, it would be time consuming the route out the slots with stops on each end. So, I opted for the larger and thicker brackets shown at the top of the picture. I made 20 of these and will use them as needed. Here are a few installed:

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    I spent no time Tuesday on the shop clean-up project.

    On Wednesday, I spent another 10 hours on the project. One thing worth noting is that the central dust control system is now functional again. Most of the time today was spent making and installing edge trim to fit around the skylights. The photo below is a before view of one of the three skylights:

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    I made the edge trim out of some of the old fence boards that I saved when I re-built my daughter Kathleen’s deck last year. Wednesday morning the boards were as I saved them 18 months ago:

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    and Wednesday night, the edge trim was (almost completely) installed I trimmed the boards down to good wood using my table saw rather than my planer because the planer is temporarily out of action awaiting new blades. The boards were then glued and nailed together in order to make suitable trim and sanded the trim to paint grade quality:

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    And here is one skylight with the trim around the edge:

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    I said “almost completely installed” above because I goofed and made one of the sections of trim backwards so it won’t fit into it’s intended spot:

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    It’s hard to spot exactly what I did wrong in the above photo, but I got the different cut outs at the two ends of the board that belongs in the bottom right reversed. Pointed to by the red arrow iIn the photo, the erroneous piece of trim is temporarily held in place above its intended spot. A completely new piece needs to be made. Also, additional trim needs to be inserted for all the skylights in the spot shown by the yellow lines in the above photo. Then, everything needs to be painted (white, of course).

    It’s looking like I might need to declare this an extra long week and extend it until about next Tuesday.
    Cheers, Frank

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    Fret not, Frank...you're still way ahead of me in regards to shop organization. Yours on the worst day is better than mine on the best.
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    I'm with Vaughn here, Frank. I'm actually a bit jealous. I barely have room to get around in mine. Started a reorg this Spring that got interrupted by remodelling, and has stayed interrupted by all the projects I have to get done. Hopefully over the winter I can finish it up.

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