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Blog entry by AtlasRook posted 04-16-2014 07:11 PM 1129 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Wow, I never expected what I post here to have so many responses. I like that. It seems to me that a wider range of skill sets are represented here, which is nice for advice purposes. The projects are seem wonderful, and have given me some good ideas. I hope to be able to make beautiful projects like I see here someday in the future.

So far, time seems to be a limiting factor. My life seems to revolve around my 1.5 yr old son (which I don’t mind because I kinda like him a lot). I get some time at night after he’s in bed to work on things (but I can’t use any loud powertools because of the noise), and about 45 min to 1.5 hr on the weekend days when he’s napping. It turns out that my projects go pretty slow because of that.

So far, I built a workbench and a cart to put my tablesaw on. I made it such that the workbench can act as the outfeed table. Maybe I’ll plan on posting those up as a project soon. Currently, I’m working on some pretty easy gutter type shelves, but I’m taking my sweet time on them. Mostly, I’m using it as an excuse to play around with some of the tools (first time with the table saw, first time with the router, first time with a powered sander). I want to learn to do things right, but I’m not sure if the wife is happy with the project duration since they’re her shelves.

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#1 posted 04-16-2014 07:28 PM

I have a son near the same age. I started on this site because I had quite a few small toys I made for him and someone coaxed me into posting them. There’s quite a few really detailed toy builders here. check those out, and get some ideas for toys for your boy, and you can knock out a pretty easy toy in your allotted timeframe and have it waiting for him when he wakes up. It got me hooked and now i’m off to the races doing other things. I’m itching to get back to the toys though. It’s time…..

Oh, and the wife will love the toys, and quit worrying about the shelves.

-- Witty signature line still pending

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#2 posted 04-16-2014 07:32 PM

Welcome to the LJ site. This is a much more Friendly Site than some others I have looked at and thier is a Ton of information and advice to be picked up from it. And even if you post a project that you think is Junk you will still get praise for it and motivation to continue your work and learn how to make your next projects better and better as you you go.
Have fun and Work Safe.
And I don’t think it’s a good idea to not worry about the shelves , after all Happy Wife = Happy Life

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#3 posted 04-16-2014 09:01 PM

Pretty soon your boy will be sweeping the floor and asking you to build things together.

My daughter is four, and I talked about our adventures together in a recent post. She already has her playhouse / swing set / slide / sandbox. But now she’s insisting that I build her a castle in the back yard.

Anyway, you’ll have lots of fun together.

-- Brian Timmons -

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#4 posted 04-16-2014 10:10 PM

Yes 1-1/2 years is a demanding age. It will get better.
I like this site too. Just when I think I’ve seen all the relevant posts, I discover another project that serves as inspiration for my project.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#5 posted 04-17-2014 03:53 AM

Children that young are demanding but also rewarding because they are experiencing everything for the first time and it’s easy to get caught up in their wonder. Before you know it he will be asking for the car keys and you’ll wonder where the time went and maybe miss these days a little. When my daughter outgrew her high chair, I built her a booster seat for kitchen table. She helped and did a lot of sanding even though she was so little. Next year she graduates high school. Where did the years go.

-- Rick M,

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#6 posted 04-17-2014 05:35 AM

My children are all grown up but they have blessed us with three grandchildren and, since daycare is expensive, we take care of them 5 days a week. It sounds impossible at our age and we are beginning to think so.

The saving factor is that the oldest boy (our daughters) goes to school 5 days a week until 3:00. The 4 year old girl (also our daughters) goes to school M-W-F until noon. And the youngest one (our sons) is only 13 months but his mother only works part time so he is only here 3 days a week.

So I squeeze shop time in on the weekends after the typical home owners tasks and doing the church offering counting on Sunday! I am thankful for the time I get in my shop and as the kids get older I will have more time and maybe even some shoo help! The 8 year old asked to build something in the shop so we built a quarter flipper that he saw in one of my woodworking for children books.

Rick, you hit the nail on the head, you always wonder where did that time go? Not only with your own kids but also with the grand kids.

The only regret I have is that now I have to sleep with grandma!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#7 posted 04-17-2014 06:49 AM

Yeah, but only when she’s tired!

-- Witty signature line still pending

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