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post #21 of 30 Old 05-20-2020, 01:10 AM
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Very organized, I'll sweep up and vacuum a few times a day if I'm building something. Every tool has a place and all of the nails, screws, staples and hardware have there own container so they are easy to find and use. It just comes naturally to me and I enjoy organizing a shop almost as much as building something in it. I have a 8x15 wood shop, a two car garage for automotive and a 600 square foot electronics shop all on site and everything is organized to the nth degree. The electronics shop has 2500 little drawers with transistors etc, the automotive shop has 10 red rolling tool boxes with the drawers in them to sort car parts and tools for various different trades (plumbing, air conditioning, painting, welding, auto body, etc.) I've got racks and racks for storing stuff and ten different workbenches all together. It probably sounds like I'm cuckoo but I'm the first call my friends make when they need something or advice or just a hand doing something. It also keeps me out of trouble. LOL
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I keep mine pretty clean and organized.
My shop is my attached 2 car garage.
I must keep it clean or everything is tracked into the house.
I use a small battery powered leaf blower to blow the garage out multiple time a day.
A air filter and box fans with filters help keep the air clean.
If I don't put my tools away I don't have room to work.
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What is this neat, clean and organized you speak of? I did lift an old board one day to find a semi clean spot under it once. I only wish I had taken photos to prove it actually happened.

I figured it's time to change my signature so hold your breath. This is it.
Impressive, huh?
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It's hard to be perfectly cleanal,the time when your double garage is your income and your hobby shop. When I ran a cabinet shop out of it, it stayed clean. It had to to access the tools for the next task. Now that it's a hobby shop I'm in and out all week. One day it's the lawn mower the next it's the deck or next day it's furniture making.

It's become compressed with too much wood and tools not to mention yard tools, lawn mowers, power washers , tile saws, etc...
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My son inlaw wanted to use my shop, I said no to that for that reason and they are my tools, so when I reach for some thing I know it is ready to use and where it is. I did say he could, but only with my supervision as he has very limited experience, I think he was offended by that, but oh well.

From experience I know what my sons did my tools when I wasn't around.
this is wrong for many reasons. you missed a chance to pass on the hobby to the next generation. you can be as particular as you want but to just say 'no' is wrong. you missed the opportunity to teach shop basics, safety and maintenance, as well as woodworking in general.
i pretty much open my shop to everyone and keep it open until they prove they can't be trusted. it's worked well for me in the past
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this is wrong for many reasons. you missed a chance to pass on the hobby to the next generation. you can be as particular as you want but to just say 'no' is wrong. you missed the opportunity to teach shop basics, safety and maintenance, as well as woodworking in general.
i pretty much open my shop to everyone and keep it open until they prove they can't be trusted. it's worked well for me in the past



I guessed you missed this, "I did say he could, but only with my supervision as he has very limited experience." meaning he have the experience to properly use the tools.
The senior center woodshop I volunteer at people come in and ask to help out, not a problem but we do not let them use table saws, bands saws, chop saws, routers, etc.. until they show the skills required to use them safely.
"No" was to him coming in when I'm not there until he learned proper safety procedures, if he got hurt that would my fault.
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I mostly work out of my basement. While I do have a decent size workbench and paneling on the wall to hang many things, I can't keep it clean. I'll organize it but it never lasts. Tools just get piled up on the workbench (or my living room) and I go digging when I gotta find something. If I have any duplicate tools, it's because I gave up looking for it and bought another only to have it show up later.

Hopefully, this will all change in a few months. Buying a new house and there's a 2-story barn on a concrete slab about the size of a small 2-car garage I plan to turn into an actual workshop. (if i don't fill it up with cars)
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I guessed you missed this, "I did say he could, but only with my supervision as he has very limited experience." meaning he have the experience to properly use the tools.
my bad, totally missed that. i do the same
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If my kids want something built I l build it for them. But I won't let them use the tablesaw or miterbox as they dont have guards.. I dont encourage woodworking to my kids....
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Two years ago, I moved from a 28' x 28' building to sharing a garage with my wife's pottery wheel. It is cramped, so things get put up and UI still can't find them. My wire's area is a disaster and bleeds over to mine.

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