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Fight Your OCD, Keep the Floor Dirty

I’ll be honest, I’m tired.  I’m really running behind on my latest Hand Tool School project, I have 4 Renaissance Woodworker episodes in production, a new lesson for the School, and 2 commisions in the works.  In addition I’m building a new company website for my day job at J. Gibson McIlvain Lumber Co.  But I’m having a lot of fun.

Wood Shavings Cushion a Hard Floor

I actually had swept up a bit before this pic because the shavings had gotten so deep I was tracking them into the house.

With all of this going on, I am spending a LOT of time in the shop.  Last weekend I spent over 22 hours in the shop in two 11 hour sessions.  With hand work being centered on the bench, you don’t move around much and spend a lot of time standing in the same spot.  Even with my anti-fatigue mats by the end of the day I am wiped out and the next morning you can feel the concrete floor in your bones.  The past couple of days I have not been feeling nearly as tired and I just realized it is because I haven’t swept the floor in several days.  Wood chips and shavings are quite soft under foot and as they build up they make for very comfortable work.  So maybe I will fight the OCD in me and just leave the floor dirty.

I’m reminded of the words of Ron Herman, “Blood is slippery, sawdust is not”

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