What Would You Do?

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Blog entry by Mandy posted 12-10-2007 04:58 AM 738 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have had a facination of wood for as long as I can remember. My first project was carviing a bass fishing plug. The first time I tried it I caught a large mouth bass, and a seagull picked it up and tried to carry it away.
Still have it today. Looks better than some of the stuff that I”ve done over the years

As I accumulated tool and equipment over the years, I took up more and more space. The car was always parked in the driveway… wife loved that! We finally bought a house with a two car garage. Yea, you guessed it…It wasn’t all that long before my tools and machines started flowing over into my wife’s car space. She was again back out in the driveway.

The large majority of my woodworking has been to build jigs and fixtures. I loved the challenge! I would make some toys or other small items for the neighbors. I built storage cabinets and small pieces of furniture for other people for money. But my goal was to insure that all my machines had the jigs and fixures that I felt I would need when I had a “real shop” of my own.

I’ve wanted my own woodshop since I was 8 or 9 years old. After sixty years of purchasing machines and hand tools I finally was able to build the workshop of my dreams. After I finish a horizonal/vertical router table that I’m working on, I will consider the shop complete. My dreams will now be complete. Or so I thought.

I have a prediction that I would like present to all of you that are, obviousy, of the same lumber and sawdust mind like mine.

Unfortunately, due to the morgage rate upheaval I will lose my house and property in the next couple of months. My financial situation dictates that I move to a small dwelling with no hope for a shop.

Here’s where I need your thoughts. I was thinking that I would find someone who likes woodworking and has the space for a shop. I would give, free of charge, all my equipment and tools, and therefore use of, under the condition that I could recreate my shop and use the shop when I wanted to.

Thank you for any input you may have.


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#1 posted 12-10-2007 05:21 AM

Very generous of you Mandy. It would help if you identified the state and city where you live or are willing to share use of the tools.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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Peter Oxley

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#2 posted 12-10-2007 05:26 AM

Mandy, that’s terrible. I’m really sorry to hear this. The national financial situation created by unethical mortgage companies and the problems it creates for normal people is just criminal.

I would try not to give the tools away. Maybe you could find someone who wants to get started in woodworking and has the space. You provide the tools and he provides the space and you both get to use the tools and use the space.

Two things to be careful about:
1) Insurance – if you get hurt at his place or he gets hurt using your tools, you both want some protection.
2) Agreement – get it in writing what the agreement is. It doesn’t have to be legal-ese, but it should be clear. Who pays for what insurance? Who gets first dibs on the tool if you both want it at the same time? Who retains ownership of the tools? Who arranges the shop layout? A written agreement is very important. Don’t assume that you will just make decisions when things come up. A good agreement isn’t so much about managing problems – by getting an agreement on paper you can avoid problems, misunderstandings, and disagreements down the road. It keeps friends friendly. Include in your agreement a description of how the arrangement can be ended. The situation may change for one or the other of you, or the agreement may just not be working out, and you may need to change or end the agreement. Spell out how that can happen.

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#3 posted 12-10-2007 07:18 AM

That is heart breaking news. I’m sorry to hear that. Good luck keep an open heart and mind you never know what will happen.

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#4 posted 12-10-2007 08:06 AM

Hello mandy,
Perhaps a new perspective will help, but I think the answer is actually right in your own post, you have spent years preparing yourself for this moment, the jigs and tools, the very skills that you now have. I would build a small shop, in one end a kitchen and bathroom and in the other, in the other end, well that would be the future. I think if I had the oppurtunity to start all over, to build my home one room at a time, addition after addition, I would begin with the deck, I mean a nice deck, perhaps with a stone oven in one end. That way if at the end of a hard day I just needed to relax, well I could use that deck. Friends and family could come over and visit when the weather was nice. Yes, the deck would come first. You know, if the deck were perfect, i don’t know for sure if would even build another house, maybe just add on to the deck.

-- If knowledge is not shared, it is forgotten.

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Thos. Angle

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#5 posted 12-10-2007 01:46 PM

This is so sad. We will be praying for you. Help may just be around the corner. I wish I had the solution for you.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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