The Start of something new!

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Blog entry by JeremyPringle posted 10-05-2014 02:40 AM 4092 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So, as the new blog series begins, and as the title indicates.. there is a new direction for my woodshop and this is the start of that new direction.

If you have been following… (or not, since I have been too busy to post here in a long time) I have been working in my free time building coffee grinder boxes for a guy who sells them at craft shows.

TA DA!!! The final 15 for a grand total over the last year of just over 100.

And even this really awesome box elder (Manitoba Maple)

Between my full time job, my part time job and my family… I don’t really have free time. So it has taken me a long time to finally finish his order. I also alluded in the past that because these coffee grinders have taken up my shop, and my free time, I have been dreading going in there, and I have not done anything for myself in a really long time. So… I made the decision a while ago to stop working in MY shop for other people.

I want to hand tool woodwork, and I have been selling off the few power tools that remain, and I am down to one….

My son (6 yrs) and I start disassembly on this thing tomorrow evening.. when I get home from part time job. It will then be picked up next weekend. Sorry Bobby, I am keeping my South Park magnet. Once gone… my son and I will start turning the space into a hand tool only shop. We start by making a saw till for my saws, and a new bench for him to work on, and maybe even a smaller scale saw bench for him as well. Then… start the bucket list of crazy awesome period recreations.

We are really lucky, as we have the other half of the basement as well, and that area will become my marquetry studio..

They chevy is about half done, and I have everything I need to finish it.

I somehow feel free of a burden…

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#1 posted 10-05-2014 05:36 AM

Great decision Jeremy. If I were younger, I might just do it too. However as I’m not, I settle for using more hand tools but still using my power stuff to increase productivity. I have too many ideas and not enough good years left.
You on the other hand have the time and your son is an even better reason to make the move to traditional methods.
I applaud you.
Let’s see a few more shots of that chevy. :-)

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#2 posted 10-05-2014 12:55 PM

Good move Jeremy. I would be very tempted to do switch to hand tools if I were a lot younger. It will be a lot easier to teach your son woodworking using only hand tools too and I’m sure he will enjoy it a lot more. Your chevy looks great and I’m glad to see that it is almost finished. It is wonderful to do woodworking just for the pure enjoyment!

Those coffee grinder boxes look really nice. Incredibly accurate box joints too.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#3 posted 10-05-2014 04:37 PM

No magnet? WTH is this you say? Grrrrrrrrr…..

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#4 posted 10-05-2014 05:13 PM

Good move, when woodworking starts to become a chore instead of a passion its time to reevaluate. That is I guess if its not your primary source of income then it might be a different story. The chevy looks like its coming along great.

-- Paul--- Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams

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#5 posted 10-05-2014 05:24 PM

tirebob, maybe you just haven’t sweetened the deal enough to make it worth the magnet. It would seem it has more value than the saw in this case!


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#6 posted 10-26-2014 10:48 PM

Finishing those grinders is one hell of an achievement. I can only imagine how relieved you are to see the back of them.

Looking forward to some great hand tool builds.

-- - Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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