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Blue Heeler28/06/2019 10:19:49
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Do you clean your workshop at the end of the day so when you go in there next its all in order?

Or are you up to your elbows in tools and stuff and spend a lot of time looking for what your after?

So, really just tidy are you in your workshop

I'd say I'm 'fairly' tidy.......most of the time.

Former Member28/06/2019 10:22:54
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Andrew Johnston28/06/2019 10:45:21
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Posted by Blue Heeler on 28/06/2019 10:19:49:

Do you clean your workshop at the end of the day so when you go in there next its all in order?

Definitely not. At the end of each session cutting tools and measurement equipment get put away. When I've finished a job then the machine tools get cleaned down and if particularly messy the floor will be swept. Every now and then the workbench will be tidied. A couple of times a year the machine tools get a deep clean and adjustment.

Lubrication and coolant level and concentration checks are done as required.


Trevorh28/06/2019 10:51:24
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Only when the machines disappear under the swarf and I can't find any tools on the bench

Then it gets a deep clean that can take hours.......

But its such a good feeling when I keep finding my tools that I thought had gone walk about..HAHA


Saxalby28/06/2019 11:04:15
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Im withTrevor - wait until tools and turned parts get lost in the swarf


Chris Bradbury28/06/2019 11:50:33
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Yep Trevor and Barry get my vote


Vic28/06/2019 12:13:16
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I’m not consistent in this regard. Sometimes I clean up and make sure everything is tidy, sometimes I can’t be bothered! My workshop is combined metal and woodwork. If I’ve been turning wood I generally sweep up afterwards as it makes a real mess.

Juddy28/06/2019 12:27:29
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I don't like walking about on swarf so I normally clean this up as go then if there is any more mess I clean up and put everything away at the end of the day, But I still can never find the tool or item I need at any given time until I stop looking and suddenly its in front of me.

SillyOldDuffer28/06/2019 13:14:13
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Being untidy myself, I'm strongly of the opinion that tidy chaps need urgent help, they can't cure themselves.

As indulging unhealthy compulsive urges is an affront to level-headed Model Engineers everywhere I propose compulsory workshop inspections. After any well-groomed owners caught in possession of a neat workshop have been sedated with three rolls of Duct Tape, all their tools should be given to proper crusty metal cutters like me...

Slovens arise; this is your chance to get more toys! Comfort a tidy-bloke today by confiscating his kit. He'll thank you for it later.



RMA28/06/2019 13:22:07
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Posted by Blue Heeler on 28/06/2019 10:19:49:

Do you clean your workshop at the end of the day so when you go in there next its all in order?

Or are you up to your elbows in tools and stuff and spend a lot of time looking for what your after

Looking round my workshop, it's pretty apparent that my day's don't end!! I'm always amazed when I see pics of tidy workshops and clean machines on here! How on earth do you do it?

pgk pgk28/06/2019 13:33:04
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I miss the days when i had a team of nurses to scrub floor walls and ceiling after a busy session, disassemble, clean, reassemble and sterilise all the tooling and neatly rack it for easy finding. My OH won't do that in the hobby shed and won't let me have a shed au pair...
.. when it's too messy for me to like it it gets tidied by me. My tolerance level is rising.

Mike Poole28/06/2019 13:50:35
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I seem to remember having a bench and a floor in the workshop, haven’t seen either for a while.


Thor 🇳🇴28/06/2019 13:55:53
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I try to clean away most of the swarf at the end of the day and sweep the floor, but I don't spend much time on cleaning up.


SillyOldDuffer28/06/2019 13:59:46
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Posted by pgk pgk on 28/06/2019 13:33:04:

I miss the days when i had a team of nurses to scrub floor walls and ceiling after a busy session...

Some jobs are messier than others. As a patient I prefer not to know what nurses had to clean off the ceiling, or why...


PS I do really! Gore is fascinating.

Paul Lousick28/06/2019 14:16:16
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My garage is just that "a workshop" not a showroom. Otherwise nothing would be built. I do clean swarf regularly from working surfaces of mill and lathe and lubricate.


Mike Poole28/06/2019 14:22:10
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I am beginning to think I need to change my ways, once I could remember where things were so the uproar was manageable but now I am spending too much time looking for things. My desk at work was piled high but everyone was amazed I could lay my hand straight on a file or drawing. The advent of clear desk hot desking ended that but then stuff just disappeared into online storage which could take some finding if you forgot what it was called. I have a vision of a tidy workshop but it may involve a vicious cull of all those useful treasures, some have not yet found a use after 50 years of storage but you just know the day after it’s gone you will find that job for it.


Baz28/06/2019 14:36:35
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At the end of the day all tools are put away, machines cleaned down and oiled and floor hoovered so that it is ready for the next work session. I cannot abide working in mess and most probably spend ( waste, according to your opinion) a good half hour cleaning up after every session.

Ian McVickers28/06/2019 15:09:50
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Floor swept and crap hoovered out of the machines at end of each day. Not a total clean each timebut get rid of most of the swarf then spray with wd40 and cover with cloth. Every now and again I go for a proper clean of the machines and floor.

Mick B128/06/2019 15:13:38
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I clean up when, looking around the workshop, I'm suddenly overcome with disgust.

But that doesn't happen much in busy periods - I've said often enough that what comes out yer shed is a hundred times more important than what you got in there - and IMO that applies to its tidiness as well as the prestige of the brand names installed.

RMA28/06/2019 15:54:37
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I am in Spain and taking a drink break from loading the car ready to drive back tomorrow. Currently it's over 40 in the shade, and it must be well over 50 at the garage door, and I'm melting. Sky news tell me part of my route home is on fire....great, that'll be fun then!

I can't help wishing I was in my cool workshop back in England...........yes, tidying up!!!

Nah, won't get done will it?

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