On Woodworking... #1: So many ideas

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Blog entry by Brohymn62 posted 06-21-2012 03:59 PM 1794 reads 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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My daughter was born on May 29th, 2012… my shop finally became fully equipt (for the most part) about 2 months before that…. I reached the end of a long renovation project (bathroom and nursery) about 2 days before she was born… so for the past several weeks I’ve been loosing sleep and changing diapers but still very little shop time. I suppose as she grows I will be able to sneak away and build a thing or two but for now… I’m enjoying this time with my baby.

Everyone tells me to enjoy my time with her right now while she’s small. I think that I’ve been doing a good job of doing that but I can’t help hold her and look at an empy corner in her room and think “She could really use a small cabinet there… or a small shelf her for pictures of her… or a nice wooden picture frame” ... so many ideas.

-- Chris G. ; Los Angeles, CA

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#1 posted 06-21-2012 04:40 PM

My daughter turns 14 this July. We are planning on building longbows together this summer. Lots of other Lumberjocks have older and younger children, but I think they would universally say “enjoy your time with her now!” There will be PLENTY of time to build that cabinet, shelf, and picture frame in the coming years. Heck, make that close connection now, and she’ll want to help you in the shop! I have a picture of my daughter at 5 or 6 in the shop with ear protectors on helping me with something on the drill press. The important thing to be building now is that bridge, that connection to your daughter…..
(This is my opinion, there are many like it, but this one is mine!)

-- Central Ohio, Still got 9 and 15/16 fingers!

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#2 posted 06-21-2012 05:12 PM

or a “diaper changing station”. :-)

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#3 posted 06-21-2012 07:29 PM


Thanks for you’re very wise opinion. I totally see what you’re seeing and the more time I spend with her the more clear it becomes. For the mean time, I think i’ll just write all my ideas out so we have a good list of projects to work on when the time comes… thanks again!

-- Chris G. ; Los Angeles, CA

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#4 posted 06-21-2012 07:40 PM

My son just turned 14 months, can’t wait until he becomes old enough to spend quality time in the shop. He loves to go in there, does the ‘tim the tool man’ grunt, all on his own, no coaching! Baby gates, changing table rail, wagon pull toy, small table, baby sized adirondak chair and rocking horse are all things that I have built thus far!


-- Crashn - the only thing I make more of than sawdust is mistakes

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#5 posted 06-21-2012 08:24 PM

Chris, A belated welcome to LumberJocks and Congratulations. My daughter will turn 6 at the end of the summer and has been in and out of the shop with me since she was about 3. Enoelf makes some great points about that bonding time. The “lump stage” as my wife and I referred to it seemed to be not all that exciting for us but looking back it was quite enjoyable to just hold her and let her sleep on us.
Keep a tablet handy and write down or even sketch those ideas for later. Then do try to get enough time in the shop to check on your tools and file your ideas.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#6 posted 06-21-2012 08:57 PM

You guys are great! I’ve got my notepad ready and the tools will be clean and sharp for when I get back into the shop! In the mean time… diaper duty calls!

-- Chris G. ; Los Angeles, CA

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#7 posted 06-21-2012 09:22 PM

Chris, my little girl is 2 and a half. And I can say that shop time is still vanishingly rare. If I’m lucky, on a weeknight I can squeeze an hour in the garage right before her bath/bedtime, when the wife says it’s time to come in. Most nights though, it’s great to just stick around and play with her or let her sit in my lap. The weekends are occasionally good for shop time, but we’re often doing errands or housework, which come first.

But yeah, definitely enjoy your time bonding with your daughter. It’s an ongoing process that you have to constantly work at. But I don’t mind because I love her so much. The way I see it, she’s like a sponge who will endlessly absorb whatever she is surrounded with. So I let her absorb as much love as she can, and I never tire of giving it.

-- Brian Timmons -

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#8 posted 06-21-2012 09:25 PM

My daughter is 4 months tomorrow. I have a nice pile of walnut sitting in the garage just waiting to be turned into a pile of sawdust. Still haven’t found the time to do anything with it. Hang in there, the time spent with your daughter will be just as fulfilling as the wood work.

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#9 posted 06-21-2012 09:25 PM

I’m 13, and I have no silblings younger than me… I wish I had a jointer… I Joint using my router table…

-- My terrible signature...

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#10 posted 06-21-2012 11:05 PM

Nice. I’ve got 2 daughters myself, 3 and 1, and I do help out with diapers, feeding, etc… I guess we should consider ourselves modern day fathers, eh? Both of us work full time so we treasure what little time we do have with our girls.

I work about 1hr every morning before I head off to work (usually shop cleaning or making cuts) and I work late nights after 10pm for at least a couple of hours when I can help it. Slow going, but right now it suits me just fine.

Keep it up man and just enjoy your time. The tools will be there for you and the project list will keep growing.

-- JC Garcia, Concord, CA : "It's easier to ask forgiveness than permission..."

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#11 posted 06-21-2012 11:25 PM

First off – congrats! Im glad that you had posted this, my wife and i are expecting our first in 10 weeks … a little man. Like you im cramming in as many projects as i can before he comes along but i know once hes here itll be a rare moment when “i hit the cave”. But im just drooling with excitment for the arrival. Shop time helps me decompress from the stresses of work so im sort of planing on spending my few minutes of future shop time tuning, sharpening and mastering my hand tools. In the long run im sure it will make me a better woodworker and when i get back to the machines im hoping to be much more well rounded.

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#12 posted 06-22-2012 12:34 PM

Thank you all again for the great feedback… it’s good to know I’m not the only one out there in this situation. I spent the afternoon yesterday taking care of my little girl and reflecting on all your comments and I’m sure glad that she’s doing very well and that I have what little time is available to spend with her. Like you all said, the shop will be there when the time comes… but she will keep growing and growing and eventually, I’ll be in the shop wishing I was with my daughter… or probably building something for her, remembering this thread and thinking how time flies… either way, I’ll make good use of this time.

-- Chris G. ; Los Angeles, CA

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#13 posted 06-22-2012 03:10 PM

You’re a good man, Chris. It won’t be long she will be out in the shop with you just like my 2 yr old grandaughter Bella. Follows me everywhere I go.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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