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Trials and Tribulations #8: Long Absences from Woodworking...What Do You Do To Get Your Fix

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Due to my job I periodically spend I spend long periods of time (months) away from my shop and woodworking. The longer I am away the more I feel like I’m going through DTs. Sometimes I can get my “woodworking fix” by visiting/shopping at a woodworking supply store. On this particular trip there aren’t any. There aren’t any auctions or yard sales listing tools. There aren’t any antique stores that carry tools. The closest I can come to anything woodworking is the local Lowes and Home Depot.

So my questions to you my fellow LJs, are…
Have you ever been away from your shop so long you went into withdrawal?
If so, how did you get your woodworking “fix”?

-- Shameless - Winner of two Stumpy Nubs Awards



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Roger

14318 posts in 1431 days


#1 posted 727 days ago

I can relate a lot. If I need a fix, I always find myself in the tool section of any store. It’s better than lookin at new cars.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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boxcarmarty

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#2 posted 727 days ago

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Bluepine38

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#3 posted 727 days ago

I made myself a set of carving knives for those times when I do not want to go out to the workshop, so I
can just set down in the basement shop and carve. I do not know if this would appeal to you or not, but
it works for me. If you do fly, just remember to put all the carving knives in your checked luggage. Those
airlines just do not seem to like you doing your carving while flying.

-- As ever, Gus-the 75 yr young apprentice carpenter

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jusfine

2280 posts in 1553 days


#4 posted 727 days ago

I watch DVDs or video online, Woodwhisperer, Rob Cosman, Charlesworth, Peters, Sellers, etc.

That seems to keep my interest up and I learn new things for the next time I get to the shop.

-- Randy "You are judged as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give..."

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Kookaburra

746 posts in 851 days


#5 posted 727 days ago

I am in the same boat. For the last 14 months I have only been home weekends and a very occasional week. Arriving home Friday night and leaving again Sunday afternoon does not leave me much time in the shop! I do the videos and the books mostly – in my hotel room at night. I have lots of inspiration but nor much to show for it! I am not sure how hotels respond to piles of wood shavings in the carpets :)

Boxcarmarty – are you kidding about the Trio or serious? Someone game me one as a gift, and it is sitting in its box still as I cannot figure out what to do with it. It seems a bit short on features for any of the things it claims to do, but I have not put it through ANY testing. I would love to hear from someone who has found it useful.

-- Kay - Just a girl who loves wood.

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boxcarmarty

9128 posts in 987 days


#6 posted 727 days ago

Kookaburra, You can always use it to build doll furniture while you’re gone. Then build the full size when you get back to the shop…..

-- My mind is like lighting, one brilliant flash, then its gone.....

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Kookaburra

746 posts in 851 days


#7 posted 727 days ago

HA! got you Boxcar! My small projects may have a tool in store but nothing life-sized!

-- Kay - Just a girl who loves wood.

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Bertha

12951 posts in 1320 days


#8 posted 727 days ago

I had my entire shop in storage for a year. I picked up building computers in my ghetto apartment. It was a drag. I recommend anything other than this strategy:)

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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Dave

11149 posts in 1467 days


#9 posted 727 days ago

Chip carving, designing next projects, reading old books on Google books, YouTube woodworking, writing on my website, making birdhouses out of pallets, buying on eBay, posting on LJ’s trying to find new techniques and tricks.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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DamnYankee

3233 posts in 1189 days


#10 posted 727 days ago

Thanks for the tips guys.
Looks like someone left the gate open at the Stumpy Cafe

-- Shameless - Winner of two Stumpy Nubs Awards

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Dave

11149 posts in 1467 days


#11 posted 727 days ago

Was it you I shut the door behind me?

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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