Spring Cleaning (6 Months Late)
The shop at Popular Woodworking has been a bit of an embarrassment for the, oh, last year or so. We’ve made a desultory effort now and again to whip things into shape, but ever since our garage door was moved to the far end of the shop (as far away from as possible and around two corners and a fence from the dumpster and recycling bin*), we’ve been less apt to take out the empty boxes and full trash cans, and more apt to simply shift them around. And we had a lot of empty boxes.
But last Thursday, David Thiel, Mike Wallace and Dan Pessell took a few hours to actually break down all the boxes and take them to the recycling bin. Then, they cleaned out and organized our small storage room and shifted little-used tools and machines out of the shop and into storage. And they swept. Glory be!
I was in a meeting during a lot of this, but I joined in to return all the drill bits to their proper home, match up drills with their batteries and chargers and cull the pile of jigs from old projects. Still, David, Mike and Dan did the bulk of the work, so as expiation for my guilt, next week I’m going to make racks for the pipe clamps and empty the trash cans. Plus I’m on a mission to ensure that all tools and their accessories are matched and stored together (cue the jokes…but know that I rarely match and have few accessories).
I also have to clean up my area; it is now the messiest in the shop. (In my defense, though, I’m in the midst of several personal projects plus a build for the magazine.)
We still need to move at least one more bench in, and rethink where we’re going to put the drill press, mortiser, chop saw, spindle sander and the like. But overall, it’s looking pretty good – and now that one can actually move from one end of the shop to the other now, I’m going to place a lumber order. Then hope I’m in a meeting when it arrives.**
* It had to be done (though clearly, I’m still grumbly about it). We used to open one garage door behind what is now our video area, then go across a common area and through another garage door to get to the dumpster. But the common area is no longer common, and for some reason our new neighbors (Tesla), don’t want us hauling our trash and sawdust through their space.
** In case it’s not clear, that’s a joke.