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Thread: How small is too small?????

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    Default How small is too small?????

    Now hold on.... this aint an enzyte commerical.

    When it comes to the little odds and ends, at what point do you just chuck it? I have started to clean and organize the shop as I move in and I am asking myself, "Am I realy going to keep this?"

    So here is the stash....
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    Yes, I know, there are good parts in there. But how small of a part do you hold on to?

    Oh, heres the progress so far. Wood and metal on carts and off of the floor.




    Moving the big stuff in when the ice goes away.

    cheers~
    rock
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    Depends on how small your workpieces go... There's a lot of stuff in that bin I'd save for making small parts.

    BillB

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    Of course the instant you throw it out you will find a need for it even if it's the size of a thumb tack.Don't blame me,it's the law of the universe
    I just need one more tool,just one!

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    I'm a pack rat, and over the years I have figured out a good way to keep collections down to manageable size.

    If I end up with quite a few scraps of a certain size, I trash/scrap most of them on the assumption that if I -needed- that size for projects, I'd have used them and not started a collection.

    Other things I put in a box with a date on it, take things out, but don't add to it, a year later, whatever's in the box gets trashed. Figure that if I haven't dug everything out of the box in a year, I don't need it.

    if you have larger chunks write a date right on them, then trash them after acertain time.

    Brass, bronze etc I keep seperate and don't normally trash unless it's as chips, because I always need a small chunk for no-mar tips on set screws etc, so tiny is fine.

    A lot of that stuff I'd keep for a while.

    As Wierd science said, almost immediately after trashing it, you'll need it.

    Ken.

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    I'd be keeping most of that. But then again, I'm cheap. And I have small machines. If it's big enough for your machines to hold, it could be useful!

    It's also colored by the fact that my barstock stash and my bandsaw are in the garage, but my lathe, mill, and scrap bins are in the basement. So I always search the bins before I head off to the cold garage.

    I don't write dates on my cutoffs, I write the alloy (presuming I know). That's best done right before you toss it in, you'll never remember later.

    I actually keep 5 bins, one for mild steel, one for hardenable steels, one for brass and plastic, one for round aluminum, and one for rectangular alum. They all fit nicely under my lathe bench.

    Walt

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    Never - EVER - throw anything away. The guy who dies with the most stuff wins. Really!!!

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    ship it to me freight prepaid and I will deal with it for you
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    A good Home Shop Machinist is a good Pack Rat. You need to know that from the start.
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    Rock...You gotta be kiddin me! All that room and you're wondering about that lil' bit of stuff?
    I know where you guys are coming from. I've been the proverbial packrat for years.
    However..things have changed now. Doing full time fab work creates a LOT of drops.
    I have steel stored in buckets, barrels, on shelves, under/over every place you can imagine.
    That is coming to an end. I have a scrap bin now and plan on filling it.
    I agree with the "You'll need it as soon as you turf it"
    But in my case...it's "Lets go look in the scrap...I gotta have a bunch that will work"
    Ya....never fails NOW...I never have the right piece.
    Russ
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    Of course the instant you throw it out you will find a need for it even if it's the size of a thumb tack
    I agree, I'd keep it.
    "The men the American people admire most extravagantly are the greatest liars; the men they detest most violently are those who try to tell them the truth." H. L. Mencken

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