I always wonder why other peoples shops look so clean.
When I watch other woodworking videos or read blogs I often see a clean floor, despite the fact that they are working with hand planes. I guess they just continually clean as they go. I usually clean up my shavings when I just simply can't stand it anymore. I just have never understood people who continually clean their shops during a project. Now, I will say that after this photo was taken, roughly half way through a coffee table build, I did clean up all the shavings. But, I did so because I was not going to be making as many shavings during the rest of the build.
How do you gauge when to clean up your shop? Do you clean during a build, wait till you are done, or do it somewhat sporadically like me?
By the way, I have several posts and videos coming out soon, to include: James Krenov: A Cabinetmaker's Notebook book review, Matt Bickford: Mouldings in Practice book review, a new weekly post called my favorite tool this week, videos on the coffee table build, and a future saw wall cabinet video build, and a shaker clock build.
Thanks for visiting. Now get off the computer and go in the shop.
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I would like to add that , I don't leave my tools out over night, I clean each one and put them away at the end of the day. I don't leave shavings all over my floor for days on end. I just simply wait till the mass mess making operation is over for the day before I sweep the floor. This is in response to those who somehow got the feeling that I work in this mess all the time. I don't, I have a very clean shop, I am just not anal about keeping it that way every moment of the day. To do work, and to get things accomplished in a timely manner, you can't spend half your day cleaning. But that's just my opinion.