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post #1 of 62 (permalink) Old 06-04-2013, 10:21 AM Thread Starter
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Well this morning I decided to finally set-up a cut some lock-miter joints on my router table. Eventually, I plan to use the joint on a small box, but today I just wanted to make a successful joint! [reasonable goal, no?]

So I move the router table out from the corner, raise the casters to position the table securely. [step one accomplished]

Then I run my finger across the table, and then a piece of wood. Sure enough the router plate needs to be adjusted. Go to get the Allen wrench.

Aaaaaaaa (buzzer sound) - where the heck are they! A while back, in a similar situation I went to HD and bought two nice sets (English and Metric) of allen wrenches. Now I can not find those or the myriad other ones I own. Obviously I gathered them ALL together and stored them safely!

In looking I rediscovered:
  • 20+ slotted screwdrivers
  • 20+ Phillips head drivers
  • Five!!! Stud sensors
  • 9 hammers
  • 5 small (< 14") levels)
  • Wrenches (open end, didn't even count them)
  • So many type and size of pliers, diagonal cutters etc.

Well you get the idea!

RESOLVED: I will NOT go buy more Allen wrenches!

Am I alone in this constant time WASTE of looking for tools, supplies etc? Of accumulating multiples of things I don't need multiples of?

HELP!!!

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Yes Steve, you're alone!
Lol!!!
The corollary to the missing tools is the tools you can't get at because of all the crap you stacked in front /on top of them.
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Nope, you're not alone. A few years back I got frustrated not being able to find things -- particularly since lots of them were in the pile of whatever on my workbench. So I undertook a major organizing and cleaning campaign. I built 8 foot wide floor to ceiling shelving along one wall and built cabinets over my workbench and added drawers under it. I finally had a proper storage space for everything. Problem solved? Nope, the other day I was looking for some plumbing tools and could not for the life of me remember where in my newly organized world they were. Maybe it's an age problem. They say the first two things to go are your memory ... and ... uh, something else ... I can't remember.

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Know the feeling , I never said it will only take minute to fix that anymore!
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I have a place for just about everything. The problem is that it doesn't always go back there after I've been using it. Sometimes the problem is my wife putting it away because I didn't. One of these days I'll have to take the time to train her properly.

Someone I consider a master woodworker once told me that a master woodworker is not someone who never makes mistakes. He is someone who is able to cover them up so that no one can tell.
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I have a place for just about everything. The problem is that it doesn't always go back there after I've been using it. Sometimes the problem is my wife putting it away because I didn't. One of these days I'll have to take the time to train her properly.
To solve THAT problem, there is a shelf by the door. When I leave something in the house she puts it on the shelf, and I store it away. So no one to blame but myself!

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Wifey's recently started leaving doors and drawers open. no rhyme or reason. It's making me crazy! ...oh wait *light goes on*
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Hi Steve you are definitely not alone my wife loves packing things away and going out leaving me to hunt for my tools I have now collected so many tools that she wants to open a hardware store and sell half of them. regards carl

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I am lucky. There is no way that Maree would enter my shed......LOL.

I am in the same situation as Steve. If i can't find something and the job needs to be done NOW, I may go and buy another tool.

Still working on my shelf unit.......VBG.

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Starting disassembly of the shop tomorrow. Now the BIG question, when I find the darn Allen wrench sets, will stop, or continue reorg?

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