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Step 1: Keep Tools & Batteries Together
Drills and drivers are the most used battery powered tools in our shop. We like to keep these together, you know? It makes workflow a lot smoother. You go up grab a drill, take a charged battery off the charger and your off. If there is a dead battery on the drill, go ahead and and set that on the charger so it'll be charged when you need it again.
Step 2: Have a Home for Everything
We for real have a spot for everything in the shop, that way we know exactly where things need to go back to and if it's not in that spot, it's out and about the shop. This kind of practice will make spring cleaning and whole lot easier. There won't be tools or random things under a table, in a random drawer, or hidden behind other things.
In our Husky workbench drawers, we have organizers where we keep drill bits, driver bits, punches, and all wrenches. This is totally the way to go for a place for drill bits to go to. Before we did this, drill bits where everywhere. There's no telling how many we lost.
Step 3: Put a Blow Gun Attachment to Air Compressor Hose
Cleaning off dust from tables and tools. Dust. The worst right? The BEST solution we found was putting a blow gun attachment to the end of an air compressor hose. These you just spray the dust off super easily. We like to this after we have had a messy day, and since our tools go into drawers and cabinets, we try our best to keep the dust out.
Step 4: Vacuum
Vacuuming can seem daunting and like the worst job ever, but is it really worse than sanding? I'll let that sit. I always vacuum at the end of the day to get all the dust, and particles of whatever, off the floor for the next day. I usually go through with a vacuum first and then go back and sweep to get the bigger pieces the vacuum couldn't handle.
Step 5: Adding WD-40 Multi-Use Product to Cast Iron Surfaces
We love love love to use WD-40 Multi-Use product on our cast iron surfaces to protect them from rusting. And not to mention to make them look super sharp. We typically do this at night or at the end of a work day to let the WD-40 dry enough over night. Everyone should have a can of this laying around somewhere, so protect your tools!
Step 6: BONUS TIP
Not that many of you have done this, BUT when we painted our shop we over sprayed by the windows a good bit. It has been driving us crazy looking at them. So to clean off the paint I used WD-40 Specialist Cleaner & Degreaser. I literally just sprayed it on and started wiping right away. The paint started to come off instantly and I was pleasantly shocked, or as the kids say, shook. What I thought was going to be a pain to get this paint off only took a few minutes.
Another really good use for this product is to clean your shop floors. This product comes in a gallon size container, so it's really easy to pour and it cleans the floor so well! We did this in our last shop before we painted the floors and it worked really well, here's a link to that video:
I really hope you guys enjoyed these little tips and tricks, and maybe you would like to try some of these out in your shop! Organizing is my jam and I'm always finding new ways to store things. Hopefully I can share some more ideas down the road!