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Not necessary

The Hanging Tool  Cabinet project prompted a review of my shop space. Review may not be the correct term, in fact, let’s say a moment of panic when seeking empty wall space. Look at the picture, do you see an area about 40″x 30″?

 Looking into all of the boxes on the shelf it became apparent that some progress could be made by robust cleaning and consolidation. Simply, get rid of the junk!
Feeling good about the purge, I began handling tools and jigs that I had not used for many years. Changing most of my work to hand tools, has made some of these items obsolete. Why shouldn’t I move these items along as well. 6″ Delta Jointer used once in 2015 made me mad because I took more time getting the rust of then using it, for sale. 14″ Jet bandsaw, new tires used a dozen times in a dozen years, for sale, Leigh dovetail jig ( used a good bit 6 years ago and not since) eBay. Mortising attachment for drill press out the door. Etc. etc. hopefully I can get a little money, help out fellow woodworkers and simplify my space.

Next I began looking at where my saw till was placed. Too far from the bench! Reshuffling the quiver of kayaks, it’s now by the bench. Old cabinet that I don’t like? Splinters and recycle lumber. After a couple of days I have plenty of room for my new cabinet (just have to get it built) and a lot less junk to get in the way.

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  1. January 2, 2016 at 5:16 pm

    I’m not too far behind you. Too much stuff in too small a space. I’ve been making noise about doing the same but when I’ve started it becomes a daunting task with too little reward from eBay, it fact even with almost give away prices most of the stuff I’ve listed does not sell. I’ve thought about building a tool chest filling it with good tools and giving it to some young student. That may be the answer,


    • January 2, 2016 at 6:52 pm

      Nothing like helping a young student along.

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