Workshop De-Clutterise – Part Two

by | Jun 28, 2013 | 4 comments

As planned we made a start last week at getting on top of the workshop clutter. If you’ve seen Part One of this saga then you’ll be aware we had a pretty big task ahead of us and we’ve decided to attempt it in bite-sized stages; a little each week. We can only hope that we can get on top of the mess more quickly than it starts to build back up!

The first stage was to transfer the items we don’t need too often over in to the container. I dread the start of any tidy up because it always gets a whole lot worse before you can make any progress. The difficulty here was deciding which items should go right at the back of the container – this had to be things which we wouldn’t want to be accessing any time soon and getting it wrong would cause a headache later. We began with the Wadkin tenoner.

This tenoner is part of the line shaft workshop and is our only other machine (besides the cross cut saw) which had it’s own power source. The rest of the machinery would stay put as I like to think I’ll be able to ‘tinker’ on them before long, but to my mind the tenoner will be the last machine to receive attention so off it went in to the empty container.

After syphoning through the rest of the clutter to separate out the ‘useful but not yet needed’ items, the container was soon filling up. This left us with a fair amount of items which I just had to let go and put in to the rubbish pile. At this stage the workshop already felt twice the size but I now had the small issue of timber storage to address, so that’s where I’ll pick up next time…

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As a professional hand tool woodworker, Richard found hand tools to be the far more efficient solution for a one man workshop. Richard runs 'The English Woodworker' as an online resource and video education for those looking for a fuss free approach to building fine furniture by hand. Learn More About Richard & The English Woodworker.


  1. David

    I would quite happily look after your timber for you Richard 😉
    Its always nice to have a tidy workplace it brings calm to the workplace

  2. patrick anderson

    If I was near your workshop I’d be rummaging around in your rubbish pile ;P

  3. Ken

    HaHa every time I try this, I think of more reasons to keep it than throw it out. I must sort it soon though 😉

  4. Jeff

    Hi Richard,

    Leave the clutter where it is and stick a window in the container… = New Workshop!

    It has always amazed me that regardless of the clutter we always know just where to find what we need. As soon as we tidy up we lose everything! As for having a clear-out, have you ever noticed that as soon as you part with something you have not used for years, you need it a week after it is gone!

    Best regards,



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