The Great Workshop Vacation

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Blog entry by David Craig posted 05-21-2010 01:41 PM 1338 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Today is the last day of the traditional work week and I am especially geeked in regards to the following week. Every year, I usually take a week off to perform some major work around the house. Last year consisted of building flower boxes and my roofing project. This year, I decided to give home refurbishing a rest and am focusing on wood and workshop projects.

I spent the last two weeks getting all my ducks in a row. Mike (jockmike2) and I visited a mill two weeks ago to pick up some wood for ourselves and the lumberjock event sponsored by Kristoffer. Along with the Mahogany and Brazilian Cherry I picked up for the event, I picked up some Cherry, Walnut, and Maple for myself. Between that, the odd assortment of exotic scraps picked up at the gathering, and the Bloodwood board I received for the swap, I should be set fairly decently for play wood for the week -

Wood Collection

I am hoping to get a couple small turnings done and a box or two done over the course of the week. It will be the first time I have found myself with so much shop time and also the first time I can work with something other than Pine and Oak.

This last Tuesday, I received both the Work Sharp 3000 and a set of Narex bench and mortising chisels. I was able to spend some time prepping them Wednesday and I couldn’t be more pleased with the purchases. Chisels have been a sore spot for me for the last couple of years. I have a grinder but didn’t have any good sharpening stones. I did finally get a Stanley guide but the stones were too low grit to get a good finish on them. The 3000 sharpening system is a dream and I now am armed with a pretty decent collection of shiny chisels with a very sweet edge to them. I was a little worried that the mortising chisels would be too thick for the machine, but found that if I slid them in the left side of the port, there is plenty of room and the chisels came out beautiful.

Everything is coming together, the work plate is being scraped clean before the weekend, lawn mower fixed, errands ran, and all I have to do is stay on course until Monday.

Have a great weekend all. Next week, if I am not on here, then I am probably making sawdust :)


-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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#1 posted 05-21-2010 03:22 PM

Enjoy your well deserved vacation.

My son-in-law, a computer geek at the University of Florida, spends his vacation here in the U.P. with “total emersion” into turning bowls.

-- "Heaven is North of the Bridge"

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#2 posted 05-21-2010 03:38 PM

Sound great David. Leave that damn phone at home hidden. Sounds like a groovy time, get it, groovy?

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#3 posted 05-21-2010 03:58 PM

Have fun with your free week David and don’t forget to post the results.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#4 posted 05-21-2010 05:07 PM

Have fund, David.

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#5 posted 05-21-2010 05:12 PM

sounds like you have a great plan David
looking forfard to see your results
from a productive week

have fun and bee safe


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David Craig

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#6 posted 05-21-2010 05:32 PM

Thanks folks! Am really looking forward to it. I will post pics :)

Yeah Mike, I am hip on Groovy, woodworking is the bomb. Dig?

Not too worried about the phone, hard to hear it ring over my router and planer :)

Even when they aren’t on….


-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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#7 posted 05-21-2010 05:56 PM

Enjoy David

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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Jim Bertelson

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#8 posted 05-21-2010 06:28 PM

You are much better organized than me. I am going to scrutinize your results to see if I should have a ‘shop vacation’.

Being too OCD, I would probably get so stressed about making sure I made good use of my time in the shop….......that it wouldn’t be a vacation…...........(-:

Oh well, I have the weekend off, and all that is on the agenda is some shop stuff….......we’ll see how it goes. I had trouble gearing up in the shop after vacation…......guess I got used to just the aimless meanderings of an unplanned road trip…...........


-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#9 posted 05-21-2010 09:41 PM

Looking forward to seeing progress David. I also have the weekend off but instead of woodworking I am going to Detroit on an emergency run to see Nancy’s sisters and mother.

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#10 posted 05-22-2010 04:28 AM

Have a great weekend and an even better week, David. Don’t stress over the projects, don’t stress over all of the other crap…... Don’t stress at all. Relax, enjoy and savor.

-- Cheers and God Bless

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