Shops, tools, materials and tips

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Re: Shops, tools, materials and tips

Postby glennbad » Sat Oct 04, 2014 1:24 pm

Wait, I think I see some empty space on the wall up high!

Kinda looks like my shop....except yours is more organized. :shock: :oops:

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Re: Shops, tools, materials and tips

Postby orvet » Sat Oct 04, 2014 8:31 pm

glennbad wrote:Wait, I think I see some empty space on the wall up high!



I know Glenn, how does he rate with blank wall space? ::shrug::

My wife gave me a nice Oregon Ducks football calendar and I don't have enough blank wall space in my shop to hang it! ::facepalm::
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Re: Shops, tools, materials and tips

Postby popisdull » Thu Oct 16, 2014 5:01 am

I see you guy's shops I feel I died and gone to heaven. I got a workbench vice and grinder with buffer wheel. Bought a new stool this mornig bygollie! Need more files. Lol

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Re: Shops, tools, materials and tips

Postby muskrat man » Fri Feb 20, 2015 6:29 pm

New pin stock organizing system. got tired of the pvc pipes getting shifted around, filling with dust, short pieces of pin would disappear into them never to be seen again, materials getting mixed up. This should alleviate all those problems. One box for each material, one box for tubes and one box for big stock for fixed blades. I still need to make labels for each tray, theory is when I can clearly read the label in the bottom of the tray it's time to order more. As you can see I'm low on a lot of stuff, my jantz order is inbound :D
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1/16", 1.8mm, 2.0mm, 3/32" and 1/8" all fit in one box.
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The label in case anyone else wants to do this. Amazon has them for about $6 ea with free shipping. they also make a deeper model of the same box but it's not really necessary unless you're storing some awfully fat rod
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Nice neat little dust free stack. maybe eventually make a chest for them that each box will slide into it's own shelf? Steel label won't stick, going to run a strip of tape over the labels, keeps them from getting dirty too.
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Re: Shops, tools, materials and tips

Postby glennbad » Fri Feb 20, 2015 6:49 pm

I had that on my mind also, Kaleb. Currently, I use those little paper bags that the pin stock comes in, and I write the sizes on them. It's not a good system, though. I don't have an organizer big enough, so I will have to go out and get ones like yours. Nice ::tu::

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Postby muskrat man » Fri Feb 20, 2015 7:37 pm

the nice thing about these is everything is actually hinged, no molded flaps for things to hinge on that will just snap off eventually
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Re: Shops, tools, materials and tips

Postby btrwtr » Sat Feb 21, 2015 1:12 am

Man looking at all this organization makes me think my wife i right. I am disorganized.

I'm going to give that pin bin a try.

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Re: Shops, tools, materials and tips

Postby orvet » Sat Feb 21, 2015 3:51 pm

Those are great Kaleb! ::tu::
I use a lot of them and some other plastic containers I get from Office Depot/Office Max (now the same company), and some I used to get from Wal-Mart though they don't carry as many as they used to.
I will get some pics and post them later.
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Re: Shops, tools, materials and tips

Postby orvet » Sat Feb 21, 2015 4:53 pm

Here are some of the storage containers I use in my shop.
For me compact and efficient storage is essential because I have a lot of stuff in my shop and I am limited on space.


Here are the three pin trays I use the most, the upper tray are pins I have premade by spinning a head on one end of the pin. The lower trays are nickel silver and brass pins I have traded for/purchased over the years. I shudder to think how many dollars are in those two trays since I have not found these pins in the large quantities and had to purchase them in small packets.
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This is where the pin trays and others set next to my workbench.
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I still use the PVC tubes to store full 12 inch lengths of pin stock.
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These boxes come in assorted sizes and are made in EU. I seem to recall some of them being stamped made in England, but I guess if they are stamped EU they could be made in England or anywhere else in the European Union. The brand name is REALLY USEFUL BOX. There is a size even smaller than the one on top and they get much, much larger. They are rated by volume in liters. The small one on top is rated at .14 L and the one on the bottom is rated 3 L. I find these at Office Depot or OfficeMax. I think the largest ones they carry are about 50 liters.
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Here are some more pictures of the storage containers I use as they appear on the shelves.
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I have found a number of these plastic drawers quite useful for organizing things and keeping them clean yet right next to my workbench where I need them.
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These containers with light blue handles were some I picked up at Walmart. Walmart used to carry a lot of sizes in these but they are getting harder to find.
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Some more Walmart containers. What I like about this particular size is they will store full sheets of sandpaper flat so they don’t curl there also large enough to store full packs of sandpaper. These three containers are full of individual sandpaper sheets, sandpaper packets and 3M polishing paper. By storing them in these containers my sandpaper doesn’t curl, which can be a real annoyance when that does happen.
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Well there you have it, a look into my organized chaos! :lol:
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Re: Shops, tools, materials and tips

Postby muskrat man » Sat Feb 21, 2015 5:06 pm

That looks great Dale. I have used the small tackle like trays from hobby lobby ($1.99 ea) for a while for storing blades, springs, screws, bails and other small parts. They work really well. the dividers are permanent though so you have to cut them out if you need a larger compartment but the price is right.
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I also have several of these that were given to me about a year ago. most were full of screws, bolts, nuts and other hardware but the empty ones i have been using for knife part storage
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Re: Shops, tools, materials and tips

Postby btrwtr » Sat Feb 21, 2015 5:53 pm

Yep Kaleb, I'm sure of it now. I'm disorganized.

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Re: Shops, tools, materials and tips

Postby orvet » Sat Feb 21, 2015 11:45 pm

I see we think along the same lines Kaleb.
I have several of those I bought at an estate sale, though I have phased some of them out mostly were knife parts are concerned. For me, the tackle boxes are more efficient for knife parts.
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Re: Shops, tools, materials and tips

Postby Brumbydownunder » Fri Jan 15, 2016 8:37 pm

A couple of snaps of my knife making area, come reloading, gun cleaning area.
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Everything in here is done by hand - the heavy artillery - bandsaw, sanders, drill press etc is in a separate room.
A question please... I see a couple of mentions of a "Spreader" I assume to spread slip joints to take them apart (?)
Could someone post a photo or two - or perhaps a link ?
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Re: Shops, tools, materials and tips

Postby btrwtr » Fri Jan 15, 2016 10:24 pm

Nice looking and well organized shop. Thanks for sharing!

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Re: Shops, tools, materials and tips

Postby danno50 » Sat Apr 29, 2017 4:13 pm

I found a cheap local source for some handle materials. Lee Valley tools sells 3/4" X 3/4" blanks for turning pens in fancy hardwoods and some acrylic. I got the materials below: yellow/black acrylic (receipt calls it acetate), birds eye maple, bocote and African ebony, for just under $20. the hardwoods are about 8" long so should do 2 smaller knives each. I use a jig on my radial arm saw to cut the pen blanks down the centre. I don't have a band saw and think the radial arm is safer to use than the table saw for this. Not sure how the acetate is going to work out. The fellow at the checkout says that when turning it the material comes off in strings? So hoping it will not be too brittle.
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