New Directions #1: More than just a saw..

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Blog entry by JeremyPringle posted 11-04-2014 02:29 AM 6233 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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So once again it has been a while since I had enough time to sit down and type something. Things have been.. well.. a little crazy. Since my last update, I was in process of selling my table saw..

Its gone…. and my shop is a little bare..

But that’s ok, I have no projects on the go and don’t have time restrictions on any of them… so I decided to start doing some shop modifications and the first was to hang this little drawer thing above my lathe… which I have been meaning to do for a few years… its finally done.

Then some exciting things happened…. I wrote an article for Canadian Woodworking and Home improvement that was printed in the Oct/Nov issue.. So run (don’t walk) to your nearest magazine stand and buy this magazine.. help keep this production in print..

pg 14..

That box was also selected as Home Hardware’s project of the month and was printed in flyers that were sent nation wide…

How cool is that? I will also be doing more of this in the future as well.

Now I know what you are thinking… “What does any of this have anything to do with New Directions.. more than just a saw?”

And I would say… “That’s a good question.”

At first the title of the new blog series New Directions was supposed to be for my not using any power tools… or as few as possible.. but it has also developed into something more… as a recent situation has somewhat forced me to leave my job and start something new that would allow me to spend more time with my family and still make ends meet.

I am quite saddened as I loved my job, but most of all I loved the people I worked with. They are amazing people and they all pooled together and bought me a gift to say good bye and good luck…

That’s right.. its a Veritas custom 4 1/2 smooth plane. First thing after sharpening the blade.. I turned a custom knob out of some spalted curly maple I had laying around. Now.. before anyone starts asking me to write a review of the plane.. the answer is no.. I will not. Its awesome, nothing else needs to be said.

I will speak on my new job at a later date.. but as you can see… New Directions is a good title as I begin this new chapter of my life.. I will have more time around my own shop and am eager to get started building stuff for the shop and will be posting more often.. woo hoo!!


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#1 posted 11-04-2014 03:16 AM

Congrats on getting publish! 3 times!

Good luck moving forward changes like this are hard but often work out for the best in the long run.

Your shop looks much bigger without the table saw, what are you going to do with the free space now? is that going to be the new home for your Chevalet?

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#2 posted 11-04-2014 03:38 AM

Jeremy congrats on being published. Your young you should do what makes you happy. Good luck with your hand tool shop.

-- Steve, Malvern, PA

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#3 posted 11-04-2014 04:31 AM

Hey I got my copy! Was going to bring it by to get an autograph I guess I’m too late! Sorry to hear you’re leaving, are you going to the part time thing you were telling me about?

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#4 posted 11-04-2014 04:53 AM

Paul: Yes, the part time gig is now the full time gig. More details to come soon..

Matt: No, the chevy is going to be on the other side, I got rid of all the unnecessary none-woodworking related stuff in that room, it’s going to be my marquetry studio. And technically its only the 2nd time, the first was in the British magazine Furniture and Cabinetmaking.

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#5 posted 11-04-2014 11:06 AM

Best wishes as you sail in a little different direction

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#6 posted 11-04-2014 09:28 PM

Congratulations on the publication. We don’t have that magazine here but as it so happens I know someone who lives in Canada and my sister is visiting him right now so I will ask her to bring a copy home. Good luck on your new job.

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

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#7 posted 11-05-2014 04:36 AM

OMG!!! I can feel the pressure change from here… Must be that ego swelling! Feel sorry for the sap that bought that saw. Probably saw him coming from a mile away! He probably needs help putting it back together… :)

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