Fighting the Mess Gremlins

Now approaching 2 years since the shed upgrade, and I’m still dealing with some of the after effects.  But I’m getting there slowly.

Was out at the shed last night to almost 3am, watching episodes of “The Wire” on the TV, and going through boxes of stuff that hadn’t been unpacked since the crazy hazy days of the deliberate shed implosion.

Storage

It won’t mean too much to you – the boxes here don’t look all that different from other times they’ve been seen, but this time there is a lot more organisation than chaos represented.

From left to right, top to bottom, there are the sharpening items – Alisam sled, DMT stones, Japanese waterstones.  (I still have another article on diamond stones to do, but and still hanging out for the Extra-Extra coarse DMT stone that was sent over 6 months ago by DMT for me to include, but unfortunately didn’t quite manage to arrive….yet).  (Every shelf tells a story, but if I told them all, we’d never get to the bottom!)

Under the Japanese Waterstones is the granite reference slab.  To the right is the Kreg Pockethole stuff (clamps, bits etc)
The next shelf are liquids, saws (still homeless), T&T sanders
3rd shelf – rags, safety gear,chaos and tapes
4th shelf – chaos, chaos, sand papers (sheet and roll) and steel wool

So obviously lots still to do.  Looking at sheds that really have it all together, and I can’t begin to imagine how many hours, weeks, even years of work have gone into creating the havens they are.

While in a clean-up phase of mind, I also had a look at my sharpening jigs, and decided to wall-mount them.  The T7 came with the wall mount for the original jigs, and given I still have the boxes the other jigs came in that were designed to be hung, thought that might be as good a way as any to continue to display them for ready access.

Tormek Jigs

I might have to chase up with Promac to see if any of the other wall mount blocks are available separately – they seem a good way to store, and make available the various jigs.  I still have a few Scheppach jigs there as well that I hope to upgrade over time to what I’d regard as the superior Tormek jigs.  Even the basic square edge jig demonstrates the difference – one is folded metal, the other cast.  One can easily cause a chisel to skew while sharpening, the other has well-planned reference planes.  Your experiences may vary of course.  I have achieved mirror polish finishes before with the Scheppach/Triton, but the Tormek…well…

Below my jig wall, I’ve taken a spare support arm I had from the Triton/Scheppach sharpener and drilled a couple of holes for it.  It is there because some of the jigs don’t fit back into their original box when assembled, so I thought they could be stored on this arm instead.  I have done the same for the Scheppach planer blade sharpening jig, if only to store it.  As someone pointed out, it doesn’t fit the Tormek because there is a different distance between centres of the support arm.

With the right jig, these machines can sharpen most tools in the shop.

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