New Year’s resolutions

Last year, my New Year’s resolution was to not make any more New Year’s resolutions. And I’m sticking with that this year. But for those who still feel obligated to make them, here’s a few just in case you can’t think of any good ones.

Build more drawers. In the shop that is. Most of us just stick things wherever they fit. In my shop, there are a lot of things that should be stored in drawers but end up being put on shelves instead. This is OK right after the shop has been cleaned up and everything is organized. But after a while, things get jumbled up again and I end up spending a lot of time looking for stuff that would be much easier to find if it was stored in a drawer with a label on it.

Spend more time sharpening. I tend to use my cutting tools way past the point where they are dull enough to merit sharpening. Then, it takes twice as long to get them sharp again whereas if I stopped to touch up tools as I work, the total gain in time would not be insignificant.

Put your tools away. One of the first rules of organization is “Don’t put it down, put it away.” Sounds easy.

Keep the belt sander from eating the cord. OK, I admit it. My belt sander cord has at least three “patches” in it necessitated by the fact that I was in too much of a hurry or was not paying enough attention and let the cord get caught in the belt. What? This has never happened to you?

Improve the dust collection system. Well, at least I have one. It’s actually a “pretty good” system but I really need to add a floor sweep and upgrade the blast gates. I have an EcoGate system but I’m still using the “low end” gates which are always getting stuck.

Put all the guards back on your power tools. I keep telling myself I’m going to do this but it seems like every time I do, I just have to take them off again because they are in the way of some oddball cut I need to make.

Build a clamp rack (and actually put your clamps on it). Actually, I have already done this. At least the first part. It’s the second part I need to work on.

Buy more routers. No explanation needed …

D.D.

COMMENTS

  1. Chris wrote:

    Y’know, I have all of one drawer in my workshop. One. And it’s in my drill press table and does a good job of keeping my most-often used bits clean and handy. I’m good at sharpening (and keeping my tools sharp) and am getting better at putting tools back. I don’t have a belt sander, but my router likes to take bites out of its own cord. The router is also my biggest mess-maker due to the lack of dust collection – well my Arbortech wheel on the angle grinder might make more of a mess the odd time I use it.

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