Skip to main content

A cleaning machine

Isolation tends to make folks a bit antsy. I’d say that woodworkers are no different. At least, not this one.

Like many of you, I work from “home,” in that my shop and office are located the same place I live. To that end, self-isolation and social distancing come with the job. So, while it may have taken a bit longer, I admit I’m getting a little stir crazy.

• My shop is the cleanest, neatest and most organized it’s ever been. Not a speck of dust anywhere, and everything is in its place.

• Wood is stacked neatly and organized by size and species in my lumber rack.

• I’ve been on a sharpening binge. If it has an edge, it’ll cut you just by looking at it.

• I made a couple of tool racks for tools that, before now, never needed racks. They still don’t, but the racks are nice.

• After years of procrastinating, I’ve separated duplicate tools – especially those of lower quality – from my regular working tools. I think I may actually, finally get rid of some.

• My next project is a sofa table I’ve been wanting to make for some time, that’s finally risen to the top of my to-do list. However, I’ve researched potential designs and styles so much in the past week that I can’t possibly choose a direction to go.

• I’ve been getting rid of some unusable scrap and materials but doing it in tiny batches so I can go outside the house to the trashcans more often.

• If this goes on much longer, I’m going to start naming offcuts. Of course, that means I’ll need to redo my lumber rack by alphabetical order.

Related Articles

Clean sweep

Even the simplest of tool upgrades can make a difference.

A sticky situation

If you had to guess, what would you say is the one thing about woodworking I don’t like?

AJBLOG-1028 image

Mini machines

I used my wife as an excuse to buy a new tool. Do I feel guilty? Nope.

AJBLOG-1047 image

A turn for the better

After at least 15 years, an old “brand new” tool is finally ready to see some action.

A new appreciation

It took cutting my wife’s hair to get a whole new appreciation for the tools of other people’s professions.