I cannot believe it has been so long since I have visited my friendly LJ spot. I’ve now moved to a house in a small town in Sweden.
In the basement is a room called a workshop, which has a giant plywood table in the middle, very sturdy, not very me but I don’t want to get rid of it yet. But, in the attic of the guest house is a carpenters bench, yes indeedy. And, before I knew that, I managed to score a small bench (I suspect a school had it) for Charlotte, for the equivalent of about $15. So we BOTH have proper benches! Front and side wooden vises on both, and nicely rusty bench dogs too.
I have been going really slowly and just about the only thing I was doing at the former apartment was practicing my sharpening a bit, and to my recollection had not done very well. But, I was hanging windows in the guesthouse with a friend yesterday, and one of the window frames had a corner that was not square. I easily planed the frame to match, and felt proud of myself, my tools, and my ability to use a plane in anger. Small potatoes, perhaps, but encouraging nonetheless.
Now to go prowl round the site a bit.
-- Building stuff with my daughter (5). Pretty new to woodworking, I mostly sew...