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Blog entry by Shawn Sealer posted 1501 days ago 944 reads 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These last couple of months have been so hectic I have had hardly any shop time what so ever. I start to long for my shop the way you long for home when you are away for a long time. Am I alone in this or is it something that happens to every woodworking hobbyist? I found myself putsing in the shop the other day. I knew I only had about 20 min so I didn’t want to start anything, I put away a couple of things and then started to plane the edge of a pine scrap board for no reason. Just decided to make a bunch of shavings with my block plane. If woodworking is my drug, then going into the shop and planing a board for no reason must be my methadone. I am curious though; I wonder what others do to get their woodworking fix. Other then TV and Internet stuff, I think we all do that one let me know.

-- -Shawn



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Dennisgrosen

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#1 posted 1501 days ago

glad to hear I`m not the only one who just have to sneak
into the shop every day even if it just for two minuts
not that I do things just to see ….lol

Dennis

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SCOTSMAN

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#2 posted 1501 days ago

NO, I long for my workshops both metal and wood when I am away.I guess it’s love.LOL Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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a1Jim

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#3 posted 1501 days ago

welcome back to your shop a fix like that is a good one

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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doordude

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#4 posted 1501 days ago

I to useally have something to work on but if things get hectic like you now and can’t work on a project i, think i would be making some shavings too

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Gregn

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#5 posted 1501 days ago

I can totally relate, having been out of the shop for quite sometime and going through serious withdrawals. I did get a fix though. I got a 12×30 shed to set up as my 3rd and final shop. So far I’ve managed to make the ceiling joist on 2’ centers and picked up some wire for the electrical work. Being limited on income I look forward to having enough left over for the shop each month. I am patient with the slow progress though as I intend for this to be my DREAM SHOP so I want to have all the things my other shops didn’t have. It gives me time to plan and look at other small shops for ideas and solutions. One of the things besides electrical I want is a central dust collection system, something I’ve been wanting for a long time.
So your not alone.

-- I don't make mistakes, I have great learning lessons, Greg

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doordude

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#6 posted 1501 days ago

hey gregn did you get your shop set up, with dust collection?

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Rileysdad

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#7 posted 1501 days ago

I don’t make it into the shop every day. When the weather is good here in Wisconsin, I like to get out on the golf course (on both of those days, if I can.) I’m 60 now and I don’t know how long I’ll be able to play decent golf, so I play when I can. But I think about the shop every night as I fall asleep. I think about some things I need to get to, projects I’d like to build, and the ones I’ve screwed up. My point is that woodworking is a part of my life regardless of whether I get into the shop or not.

-- Measure twice, cut once, buy extra stock.

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Gary

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#8 posted 1501 days ago

There is always something for me to do in the shop…even if it’s cleaning!

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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DanCo

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#9 posted 1501 days ago

Go out to the shop everyday (that’s where the cocktail fridge is). But I don’t always get to work in it and that is what drives me crazy. I’m currently nursing a torn muscle in my back and my projects are piling up.

-- Daniel

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Jordan

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#10 posted 1500 days ago

I rarely leave my shop – or at least the little areas I find to hang my carving tools. I’ve worked in a cold metal garden shed, a dairy creamery, a cramped unfinished crawl space and right now outside – so we who long to work in wood will find anyplace, anytime!!!! You are definitely not alone.

-- http://www.jordanstraker.com

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Gregn

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#11 posted 1500 days ago

Doordude, not yet still working on getting the electrical supplies yet, the dust collection comes next after the electrical work. I’m thinking of having the drops come out of the ceiling but haven’t yet completely decided yet.

-- I don't make mistakes, I have great learning lessons, Greg

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hvroberts

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#12 posted 1500 days ago

With all my projects I have started, I will often go into the shop and start planing a piece of pine, Just making some really good shavings untill I figure out which project I want to work on. And yes, I often make some fine looking shavings when I only have a few minutes before I have to go somewhere.

-- Hvroberts, Up North In Maine

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