A Clean and Clear Working Environment
My new workshop’s ready. I’m moving in this week so I hope you’re excited for me. I’m going to blog more on my experience and especially keep you up on the added nuances that have made my shop work through the years.
In my workshop easy-sweep is important to me. I do all my own and never like others to sweep for me unless I really know them well. I think sweeping and cleaning is a very respectable and personal thing for any man to do. If it’s my workshop the intimate details, even pushing shavings from under my feet, yes, matter to me. I dislike kicking them under the bench. Shavings have their own inbuilt spring that results in shavings bounces into nooks and crannies to fill them without much effort at all. The good thing is they’re easily removable too. A stick and broom is all that’s needed. The trick is to either allow easy access at low levels or totally enclose the lower reaches of things such cupboards and stands. Wheels are a great accessory as wheels allow you to move cabinets out of the way when you need a certain area to relinquish its dominance. I’ve used castors under all of my large storage cupboards through the years. Two fixed wheels and two swivellers works well or just four swivel castors is OK too.
Owning the woodworking school meany owning about a hundred clamps and two stands just for sash clamps. In my new garage workspace I am going for six 24″ clamps, eight slightly longer 30″, and then six 48″. So 20 altogether in one stand. Additionally I will have of course have the cam clamps from when we made them on woodworking masterclasses along with some all metal ‘F’ clamps. Oh, and garden sheds can be a useful addition for stowage of materials like wood as well as sawhorses, trestles and clamp stands.