I must confess up front that I’m a great procrastinator! I start things and take months and even years to finish them, if I ever do. I have great PLANS for projects that sit on the shelf for a long time. Lately, however, I’ve made some progress in this woodworking hobby I’ve gotten into and I take delight in seeing something I’ve completed.
If you ask my wife, she’ll confirm that I will frequently walk out into my workshop during commercial breaks of TV shows just to look at something I’ve done during the day. I don’t actually go out there to do anything other than relish the feeling of accomplishment. I sometimes think I spend more time looking at my projects and enjoying that feeling than I do actually working on them. I sometimes drag my wife out with me to show her something which I’m just SURE she finds to be as fascinating as I do. :-)
I have a very small shop, only 10-by-13 foot in size. It’s only part of a former one-car garage in our 57-year old Cape Cod. The rest of that garage space is a pantry and utility room. Because my shop is so small, it requires me to do my best to maximize my space and it does restrict what I can do within it. At some point, I hope to build the kinds of projects that will be best done in that small shop. In the meantime, I have too many projects on my to-do list that are big. In no particular order, I plan to build, over the next few years, the following items:
- An Arts and Crafts style entry table from white oak
- A full-size bed with storage underneath
- An entertainment/shelf system for my man-cave
- A new small, mobile workbench/router table combination
- A cart for my shop that will hold my 10-inch Rikon bandsaw
- A nightstand to go with the bed listed above
- An end table in the same style as the entry table mentioned above
- A coffee table in the same style, but with a top that lifts to table height
I’m sure the list will grow over time. I am confident that I will finish the entry table because I’ll be building it in just a few weeks when I take a project course at Marc Adams’ School of Woodworking out in Indiana. I’ve been there before and loved the experience. The course I’m taking will be taught by Mike Pekovich of Fine Woodworking magazine. You can see a picture of the project and information about the course here.
In future articles, I will try to document some of the things I’ve already built.
-- Tim, Glen Burnie, Maryland