Does your shop ever get so crowded at times that it’s just plumb scary? This weekend I had a special project to start on and I wanted to get a good early start. On workdays, Monday through Friday, I usually am in bed by 9 PM because I get up around 4 AM. Every now and then I might stay up until 10 PM the night before. On the weekends I usually am in bed by 10:00 PM at the latest and am up by 5:30 or 6:00 AM. On Saturdays and Sundays I usually hit the shop by 8 AM and work until 4, 5, or 6 PM depending on how things are going. However, occasionally my two daughters and I get together and we have a marathon discussion about most every subject that you can imagine. Well, Friday night was just such a night and they kept this old man up until maybe 3 AM.
Well, I didn’t make it to the shop til 9AM and on top of that I was a little dazed anyways so when I entered the shop I had forgotten just exactly how crowded the shop had gotten.
The picture above is what met my tired bloodshot eyes. A site like this almost makes one want to just sit down, have a cold one, and forget woodworking for the weekend.
The picture above is the view from the opposite door. Well it was do or die and I did. I hauled out a couple of sheets of plywood and propped them up against the house, got an 8 ft 1×12 off the floor and stood it up against the shop wall, and cut two 1×6’s 16ft long in half and stood them against the wall, hauled out two bicycles, and went through the shop with the once over just cleaning up a little and putting tools away. By the time I got through it was 11AM.
The picture above is what the shop looked like after the quick cleanup. It wasn’t great but at least I could work in it. Unfortunately, I still had to go get a sheet of plywood and a few other things from Lowe’s and by the time I got back I had to sit down and think just a little bit about what kind of tool box I was going to build for rivergirl. She had been nice enough to make me one of her foot stools to prop my old tired feet on, so I thought that I would build her a tool box in order to reciprocate. By the time I drew something out on paper it must have been 1:30 or 2 PM. So I didn’t get a very early start to say the least. My next blog post will be about building rivergirl’s tool box.
-- 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