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Blog entry by Critterman posted 07-22-2008 12:23 AM 1100 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi everyone, just a short blog to catch up with those who care. Moved into the new house back on June 19th and have been getting settled every since. For those of you who have moved before you know how long the settling takes. This is the first time I’ve moved my shop. With all the moving I’ve done in the past nothing was more frustrating that having my tools packed away. It’s amazing how even some you think are dedicated to woodworking get used for other things around the house. Anyway, the new shop space is awesome, I feel like I have acres to work in [SMILE]. I do find I walk around a lot back and forth, but better organization will help with that. Got my clamps hung up and the old reliable clam-shell cabinet. Some shelves have also helped, but most are put away for now. Pictures after I figure things out myself. Oh, installed a couple of new lights as well. First project is to refinish an old oak ice box style coffee table we’ve had for a very long time and just looked awful in the new living room. So, I have it down to the wood at 80 grit and experimenting with stains to match some store bought junk…I’ll replace later. That and playing golf…it is that time of year after all….LOL. That’s about as far as I’ve gotten, doesn’t sound like much, but it is. More later as I get the shop fixed up…I think one of Marc’s torsion box tables will be the first shop project.

-- Jim Hallada, Chesterfield, VA

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#1 posted 07-22-2008 02:47 AM

Welcome back and congrats on the new digs Jim. Nice thing about a new shop—- is it’s clean. Hopefully it won’t stay that way for long. Means you’re working on making sawdust. Looking forward to future posts.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#2 posted 07-22-2008 04:22 AM

Jim, Great to hear you are in the new place and setting up shop. Look forward to seeing what comes out of the shop in the future.

Thanks to for the info on my lathe question. With that much space maybe you need to pick up that lathe :)


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

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#3 posted 07-24-2008 06:09 AM

Looking forward to pictures of the new shop.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#4 posted 07-29-2008 01:06 AM

oooh yoy… moving..

congrats on making it through the process :)

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#5 posted 08-12-2008 11:03 PM

congrats on the move. I know the feeling… it is not a fun process

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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