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    Default Shop Spring Cleaning

    I have a problem, but it's a GOOD problem.

    My garage is 20x20, but, to access something, I have to move something else. That means too much stuff.

    The general plan is to hire a POD, and move everything into it. Paint the floor, walls, and ceiling.

    Now, comes the hard hard part. I have to decide what stays. Yard sale the rest.

    Maybe next year, a smaller surface grinder. The Bridgeport is BIG.

    Endless drawings.

    The shed is not yet maxed out, but I don't want to fill it with useless stuff. VERY LITTLE garage stuff to move to the shed.
    Last edited by John Buffum; 02-06-2019 at 09:31 AM.

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    Are you trying to get your shop to look like 3 Phase Lightbulb's?

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    Post some pictures. Lets see what you're working with here...
    Work hard play hard

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    One way I've approached this: My stock and offal rack is this big and that is how much room I choose to dedicate. This helps to make the decision. Too much to fit on the rack means some has to go.

    Tools and machinery not quite as easy but use the same logic.

    Drives me nuts to move stuff around. I used to work at a place like that and it sucked. Lots of wasted effort and every little job became a bigger production. Some of that is inevitable because we don't have unlimited space but you'll have to balance moving stuff versus less stuff. My shaper is an easy choice to place in a corner under cover because I use it maybe once every 2 years. My mill, lathe, sheetmetal and welding stuff needs to be accessible and ready to go at all times.

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    At this point in time steel is cheap. Good lumber costs more than steel by a long shot. So if you're loaded down with lots of shorts and stuff that just seems "too useful to toss out" maybe that's one area where you could cut back and get some room?

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    And don't forget to label the storage boxes correctly, like "pieces of string to short to use.."

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    I don't do spring cleaning - I do fall cleaning, who wants to clean house and shop when their just going to be outside having fun the whole summer,
    clean just before winter time --- you know - when your all cooped up and have to live with it...

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    Quote Originally Posted by BCRider View Post
    At this point in time steel is cheap. Good lumber costs more than steel by a long shot. So if you're loaded down with lots of shorts and stuff that just seems "too useful to toss out" maybe that's one area where you could cut back and get some room?
    I wish that was the case over here. A 4x8 foot 1" steel plate has always costed 50+++ times more than the equivalent 32 board feet of premium oak, cherry, etc.
    Work hard play hard

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    OK.

    9" South Bend lathe on self built cabinet.
    Bridgeport mill
    Bridgeport surface grinder
    Welding table, 18" x 36"
    Craftsman 10" table saw
    Craftsman floor drill press
    2' x 2' preparation table
    small freezer
    30" x 18" weight rack
    12" x 12" weight tree
    Craftsman bottom tool box
    Horror Fright Tools oak machinists chest
    Craftsman bottom and top tool box
    Wife's 12x24x72 yarn cabinet
    washer/dryer
    2' x 4' shelving unit
    8" x 36" shelving unit
    18" x 48" bench
    Miller 210 MIG
    Miller Econotig on cart
    Acetylene torch on cart
    Bench grinder
    Precision cutting bit grinder on 2' x 2' table
    24 gallon compressor
    8 gallon portable air tank
    5' 2 wheel cart
    Shop crane
    Multitudinous smaller tools in the shelving unit and tool boxes


    Raw materials aren't the problem. It's tools.

    I need a 30' x 40' Butler building.
    Last edited by John Buffum; 02-06-2019 at 02:21 PM.

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    wifes yarn cabinet has to go

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