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New Home Workshop #16: This Is What Was Supposed To Be About

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Blog entry by builtinbkyn posted 03-27-2018 05:12 AM 752 reads 0 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 15: Things Falling into Place Part 16 of New Home Workshop series Part 17: An Improvement and a Necessity »

Today I was able to experience my shop as it was intended. I got up early, grabbed a hot cup of coffee and headed down to the shop having no real agenda as most of the big stuff is done. Sure I still have some boxes of tools to go thru and some duct work to finish, but right now, all the hard stuff is done and the shop is open for business :) I actually sat there for a bit and admired what’s been accomplished so far and then watched a few woodworking videos while sitting at the bench. Man that coffee tasted much better this morning than it did yesterday.

I sat at the bench and read LJs, all the while thinking about some woodworking I could do in a few hours that would keep my hands busy and allow me to start to use the tools and environment I assembled. I have a live edge dining table I plan to make, but that’s a project I’ll need a lot of time to complete. With the holiday only a few days away, it wasn’t something I was going to start and then have to walk away from.

Then I saw the piece of honeylocust I cut from one of the slabs for the table and thought about some item or object I could use, made from that piece of wood. Oh, a shop pen! Yeah I could just grab any pen laying around, but this would be my pen for my shop and it would have some significance as it would be made from the wood of the first piece of furniture I will make in this shop.

After finishing up the pen, I was still itching to be doing something in the shop. For some reason I felt like I really wanted to cut some dovetails, but for what? Ah! Something to store my pen turning accessories in. They were just stuffed in a drawer and I had to dig them out when I needed them for turning my shop pen. So I grabbed some scraps of pine remaining from trimming the door and made that darn box. Man it felt good. Nothing fancy and certainly not perfect, but definitely fun.

This felt like my first day in the shop and what a great day it was. Yeah it’s the little things in life where there’s no pressure and no time constraints, that are the happy things :)

-- Bill, Yo!......in Brooklyn & Steel City :)



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#1 posted 03-27-2018 08:53 AM

Nicely done, Bill. And you said you wouldn’t have time to participate in the box swap. ;-)

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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#2 posted 03-27-2018 10:40 AM

Sounds like a wonderful “first day.” Glad you were able to enjoy working on a fun project (which looks great by the way!).

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#3 posted 03-27-2018 11:38 AM

Good going buddy. Both your projects look great. After all that work getting your shop together, I bet it was nice to just play a bit.

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#4 posted 03-27-2018 12:49 PM

Thanks guys. Now I know why people like turning pens. They don’t have to wait long for gratification lol Surprisingly, as hard as the honeylocust is, it turned really easy. And the box, well it’s just a frame with rabbets on both ends, some hardboard for a top and bottom and finished with someone’s wipe-on BLO/wax/mineral spirits recipe. But it serves the purpose intended and making it, scratched that itch. :)

-- Bill, Yo!......in Brooklyn & Steel City :)

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#5 posted 03-27-2018 01:40 PM

I wish I had finished remodeling my shop before I started working in it. Now I have no idea when I will be able to get the rest done. Very nice pen Bill, glad you are getting to enjoy your hard work. Enjoy!!

-- Brian Noel

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#6 posted 03-27-2018 01:54 PM

Thanks Brian. It’s not 100%, but what’s remaining, isn’t consequential. Ah, but a shop is always evolving, isn’t it? :)

I see you haven’t posted up a video in a while. You must be busy. Hey that’s a good thing :)

-- Bill, Yo!......in Brooklyn & Steel City :)

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#7 posted 03-27-2018 04:32 PM

Good job! Sounds like a wonderful day. When(if) I retire in a decade, I hope to have lots of days like that.

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#8 posted 03-27-2018 07:00 PM

I’ve been watching your shop odyssey unfold and it’s been glorious. I can only dream of having a shop like yours, but I am glad you do! Nice going, and BTW, those are some really impressive dovetails. Great job on the shop, and thanks for sharing your story.

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be. http://www.geraldlhunsucker.com/

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#9 posted 03-27-2018 07:08 PM

Thanks Jerry on all accounts. It certainly is an odyssey of sorts. Never thought I’d find myself here in Pittsburgh, but I couldn’t be happier. Knowing I’d have the space and ability to make this shop and have a decent piece of land, was the impetus to do so.

And thanks dday. I also hope you get that opportunity. But savor these days too. No matter what they’re like, you never get them back ;)

-- Bill, Yo!......in Brooklyn & Steel City :)

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#10 posted 03-27-2018 07:36 PM

So I made a trip back to Construction Junction today. It’s nice that it’s only 3 miles away. I picked up a 6 foot section of bowling lane and also some nice finds in the tools section.

These cost me 12 bucks.

The old riveting hammer will get cleaned up on the grinder and a new handle. The file will get a white vinegar bath and that longneck screwdriver cleaned up as well.

They have a vintage Sears Craftsman jigsaw (#9-2794 I believe) with the case. The saw is in pristine condition and only $8. I should have grabbed it too.

But this is what I went back for. Six feet of bowling lane that will become an assembly table. The finished side is pretty clean with no gouges as some of the sections had. It was fun getting it out of the bed of my truck solo lol

-- Bill, Yo!......in Brooklyn & Steel City :)

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#11 posted 03-27-2018 08:33 PM

Have at it Bill, phenomenal work space.

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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#12 posted 03-27-2018 08:50 PM



Have at it Bill, phenomenal work space.

- theoldfart


Thanks Kevin. So? Anything new by you? :)

-- Bill, Yo!......in Brooklyn & Steel City :)

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#13 posted 03-27-2018 10:15 PM

Signed the final purchase and sale today, jump on a plane to the left coast tomorrow for two weeks. Hopefully find a suitable house then back to the right coast to finish packing, have the closing and move. Piece of cake. Uh huh!

Spending a lot of quality time with black and yellow bins! Good tip.

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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#14 posted 03-27-2018 10:42 PM

Wow! That’s great! I wish you and your wife all the best in your new adventure. I’m sure you’ll be very happy with your decision. Change brings new possibilities and a fresh outlook.

Oh, you know those black and yellow bins are way more easy to pack than unpack. I still have a bunch in the garage awaiting my attention. Ah, one day at a time ;)

-- Bill, Yo!......in Brooklyn & Steel City :)

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#15 posted 03-27-2018 10:47 PM

Thanks Bill, I hope the new shop comes close to the little heaven you’ve created!

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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