The old time woodshop journals #1: A sunday afternoons pick for the shop!

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Blog entry by jjw5858 posted 05-06-2012 11:11 PM 1329 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
no previous part Part 1 of The old time woodshop journals series Part 2: From the shop to the fields to the bench »

Hey friends, hope all is well out there. For anyone that enjoys my type of woodwork and shop I thought that I would have a separate blog series for when I am not actually working on projects but finding cool picks, auction purchases or just adding to the environment inside my new shop space.

So…..The old time woodshop journals begins so I at least can sort of look back and see the progress to my tool collections and woodshop madness…...bwaaaaah ha ha haaaaaawww…lol.

I gladly invite any entertained readers to enjoy my thoughts, pictures and stories and if you have fun stopping by to read it please share some thoughts as well!

On this rather sunny sunday I was lucky enough to find these sitting outside the curb of my old neighborhood a mere block down from where I used to live! I got outside and milled through what was there….and saw this shelf unit….and it looked darn nice for my old shop…and I needed one! Took a few looks over the piece…picked it up, put it in my truck with the smaller unit and hauled it back to my shop….nice find!

I wondered how old was the piece?...the house it sat out in front of is up for sale. I hoped that it was not due to someone who had passed away…but if it was I at least will put this to great use and have reverence for being lucky to use it. It looks home built like a fun weekend project kind of thing…..nice curves on the bottom pieces…...instanly knew old handtools surrounded by cans of this and that would make the true look of spirited tinkering on a lazy afternoon.

It’s current resting spot is temporary for now, but supplies easy access for reaching over to while working at my bench.

My Dad asked…....”I wonder if this was in there garage or basement when we lived down the street 20 plus years ago?”…....Crazy how certain interests arrive at unplanned points in ones life. Something you might have laughed at or cared less about 20-30 years ago…can suprise us with great excitment and total satisfaction at a later date in time.

I suppose that is one of lifes real hidden treasures….in that some wonderful things can balance the tradgedies. Maybe the secret is for us to simply stick around long enough to enjoy the good suprises that follow our paths and wait for us to turn around and meet them.

Heres some pics to see what I was lucky to find!:

So in my shop its put back to use for a good purpose once more.

Hope all of you have a great week and best of luck with your projects!

Take care and enjoy the simple moments.


-- "Always continue to learn, laugh and share!" JJW

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#1 posted 05-07-2012 12:06 AM

Nice start to the blog and a great idea too. That piece fits right in there where you put it.

Oh, by the way, you need some more planes!! LOL

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#2 posted 05-07-2012 05:28 PM

Looks right at home in your lovely shop Joe. You can never have enough storage.

-- - Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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Tim Dahn

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#3 posted 11-14-2012 01:10 AM

Just found your blog Joe, and enjoyed this first installment.
Thanks, looks like I have some more reading to do.

-- Good judgement comes from experience and experience comes from poor judgement.

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