it might be time to clean your bench when...

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  1. bruce linde

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    ... you notice the peanut butter on your calipers.

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    i was doing some bushings at the kitchen table, realized i forgot to clear the dirty knife with the rest of my lunch... on the other hand, those brass filings really add some flavor :cool:
     
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    I thought that was how you kept small parts from rolling away after you mic them!
     
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    Better solution than magnets, right?
     
  4. shutterbug

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    ....your tools are taking up more space on the bench than the movement!
     
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  5. R&A

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    When you find a moldy 2 week old sandwich.
     
  6. claussclocks

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    That was your kid's science experiment. Now he has to start all over again
     
  7. brian fisher

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    my workbench is presently a cluttered catch all. I really need to clean it off. it annoys me every time I walk past it in the garage. as a result, I use the dining room table for my shenanigans. my wife keeps me in line here so it doesn't get cluttered as well.
     
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    I've been using the dining-room table for four years, so I've got everything arranged so it'll stow away. I could have set up a workbench in any number of places--it's a little house, but with numerous cul-de-sacs--but I get lonely. This way, I can negotiate the latest forest of brass at my end of the table while Natalie does her crossword puzzle at her end. She prefers the arrangement as well, because I'm better at show-business trivia than she is and I'm available for consultation.

    M Kinsler
     
  9. R&A

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    This is my bench

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  10. brian fisher

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    ^you, my good sir, are messing up this conversation with that pristine example!


    I like your style!
     
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    Good Lord, R&A! How do you manage to get anything done?:confused:
     
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    Unless a tool, part, or supply is in its proper place I can never find the darned thing. As a result, my bench remains uncluttered. Back in the day when I repaired typewriters for a living (remember those?), one coworker kept a confused pile on his desk that was literally 2 feet high, but if you asked him to borrow a specific tool, he'd reach into the middle of it and pull it out. I never could figure out the black magic by which he accomplished this...
     
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    Ok, you know your shop needs reorganization when you knock over and spill an old urine container... hey sometimes you gotta hurry..!
     
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    Too much information. :???:
     
  15. R&A

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    You crack me up My grandfather use to do this in a coffee can and leave it next to his bed and never empty it. We were always finding it with our feet and it was to late all over the place. man those were the days 50 years ago
     
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    This thread is peetiful
     
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    Yes. Peeculiar.
     
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    #18 RJSoftware, Aug 15, 2018
    Last edited: Aug 15, 2018
    y ep
     
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    ...when you start a thread on 'when you know you need to clean your bench' :)
     
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    wow. this thread really took a turn.....personally, if I have to go in the middle of the night, I just get up and Hellen Keller my way to the potty in the dark.
     
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    More like a train wreck!!
     
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    They put me on that gabbapenton stuff. Nope not for me. I tried to hk my way and panicked when couldnt find light swich. Gives me a strange headache too.
     
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    Actually I have used urine to turn brass antique brown/black so that it matches patina. Kind of grody when the piece is left over night as it develops a frothy foam on top. Use a needle nose to pick it up, or fingers, if you dont mind.

    Special consideration should be given for accidental spillage when organizing the bench for cleanup issues.

    Swoosh, dunk, all net.
     
  24. R&A

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    Urine trouble if you spill it on your bench
     
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    When you buy another watch off ebay and then find another one just like it on the bench.
     
  26. bangster

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    Or when you buy another [fill in the blank] and discover you already had a bunch of them.
    Story of my life.
     
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    Urine, schmurine...:eek:

    Half empty can of Coke...
    Box of small parts left sitting there...
    Day before yesterday's coffee cup...
    The book you were just consulting a few minutes ago...
    That jar of solvent you used the other day and forgot to put the lid on...
    usw.
     
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    The best container these days is a Prestone antifreeze jug, preferably including the cap. A Prestone jug is best because it's yellow, so you remember the particular application and don't pour it into your car radiator. I, at least, always buy the cheap antifreeze, and it comes in a blue jug.

    And I have to blacken a pair of brass clock hands. I hadn't heard of the urine trick. Gotta find a small jar...
     
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    Mine looks like a bomb went off. Not a soul can find a thing on it but me and I wouldn't have it any other way.
    I have warned folks about small parts, things being easy to break and tools that can cause bodily harm but now I can try the pee warning. That might even keep my wife far enough away I won't keep hearing "I wish you would do something with all that junk". :chuckling:

    I hear you about the Coke bangster. I didn't realize I spilled some and I had left the parts out but a few days later a couple of tapered pins and a hand washer almost became a part of the finish. But I didn't loose them.

    When is it time to clean it?
    When you and your wife decide to move. :screwball: It will never be the same again. :mysad:
     
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    Time to clean the bench when the next clock in line is one that I know is going to be a real b-itch and I've run out of all other excuses to avoid starting on it.

    RC
     
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    "When all this junk finally collapses and you don't show up for lunch, I'm just calling Volunteers of America to haul it all away, including you."
     
  32. Dick Feldman

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    I am relieved that the PEEple have worn out with their jokes.

    I hope urine agreement with that.

    Dick
     
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    Ahhhhhhh.... I think its done

     
  34. R&A

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    Time to clean your bench when you find a half eaten sandwich that wasn't eaten by you.
     
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    You have more time than customers.
     
  36. bangster

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    Constant cleaning. :oops:
     
  37. tom427cid

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    When the work space is about 6" square and you have a fusee chiming clock to OH !
     
  38. Dave T

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    Guess what boys, I cleaned off part of my bench. First time in about 5 years probably. Might do the rest of it one of these days.
     

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