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ONCE upon a time …

>>>Outside our bedroom is this balcony which never got much use (the weight machine is there to make me feel guilty), so when I thought I’d give woodworking a try it seemed a logical place to use as a shop. Except that once (see Not a Blanket Chest), it actually stays pretty dry even in the worst of tropical downpours. Plenty of floor space, but a little shy on walls. Building shop storage will be good training as I learn the craft.<<<

Or so it was. But after 20 years on the “Island of the Gods” my wife and I sold our house. A new house in Colorado will be our base, and is the location of my new shop.

Here it is as we unpack.

I love the new space, but I’m still going to miss this.

-- From such crooked wood as that which man is made of, nothing straight can be fashioned. Immanuel Kant


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KMT

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#1 posted 706 days ago

Beautiful workspace. You should have lots of hardwood easily available.

-- - Martin

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balidoug

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#2 posted 706 days ago

Alas, the best gets sent to Shanghai or San Francisco where the timber men can get top dollar. Most of what’s available here is unseasoned tops and branches. Good to learn on, and cheap. Still, I’m getting better at picking, and there’s some good stuff around. Funny thing is, I dream of using some of that walnut or cherry I keep seeing and reading about. Guess the grass is always greener …

-- From such crooked wood as that which man is made of, nothing straight can be fashioned. Immanuel Kant

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helluvawreck

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#3 posted 706 days ago

That’s a beautiful place to work. I bet that it’s nice and breezy to.

helluvawreck
https://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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a1Jim

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#4 posted 706 days ago

A most unique and wonderful work space ,what a beautiful place you live in.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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mmh

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#5 posted 705 days ago

HA! You are so right about always wanting what you don’t have! I will gladly trade you some walnut and cherry for the tropical hardwoods you have access to!

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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redryder

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#6 posted 705 days ago

If I were you, I would trade the weight machine for a nice power tool…................but keep the sunset.

-- mike...............

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balidoug

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#7 posted 705 days ago

Sorry, no power tools. I’m a hand tool only guy. But loosing the weight machine is probably in the cards.

-- From such crooked wood as that which man is made of, nothing straight can be fashioned. Immanuel Kant

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woodworm

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#8 posted 596 days ago

Great shop with very beautiful green nature around.
Ideal place to do woodworking – the skylight will tell you when start and when to rest.
Is it okay leaving your tools outside like that?

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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balidoug

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#9 posted 595 days ago

Corrosion is a problem. I keep all metal tools in the cabinet at night, and only take out the ones I need when I need them. Each drawer has a small sachet of desiccant which keeps the humidity down in the drawer. In addition I’ve been giving them a quick wipe with a product called “Corrosion X” which seems to work pretty well. A recent FWW article suggests WD40 would work just as well and is a whole lot cheaper (and more readily available). Occasionally I’ve been careless and paid the price with a long stay at the sharpening bench and an Evapo-rust bath.

-- From such crooked wood as that which man is made of, nothing straight can be fashioned. Immanuel Kant

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DocSavage45

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#10 posted 551 days ago

I live in Minnesota. I have a furnace in my barn/shop. I work outside whenever I can. I am envious! LOL! Plus I have oak, ash, maple, and cottonwood. I love my trees, but I am jealous of yours. LOL!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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DaddyZ

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#11 posted 551 days ago

Beautiful View, Nice Outdoor Shop !!!!

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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