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Blog entry by Philip Edwards posted 02-22-2007 09:24 AM 932 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi Folks
It’s been one of those months…....I get to spend lots of time in my workshop making things, having a great time and just enjoying woodwork. But that has been because my day job has been very quiet. And of course, when the day job is quiet you then spend most of the time worrying about the mortgage payment.
The last week has been the opposite – work is now in overdrive and ‘shop time has been minim al (especially as I’m fried when I get home). But hey, at least I know the mortgage payment is covered…..;)
I think somewhere inbetween would be good, so if the ‘ShopGods are listening…...... :)

I have managed to work a bit on the table project. It is ready to be glued up and I am about to start work on the drawer. I have ordered some clever drawer glides that should add a touch of class to the project – more details as it comes together!
Work is almost complete on another plane, too. This one is a plane to make grooves for drawer bottoms. It has an adjustable fence built in and is looking pretty good. I’ll post some pictures tomorrow as I have still got to apply the finish.

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#1 posted 02-22-2007 11:55 AM

Hi Phil;
—-sometimes I think the ‘ShopGods are too busy themselves making sawdust and what with all their machines of power….maybe they can-not hear….!

I also noticed that on your profile page of “The Philly Blog”, that you list a book: # “The Hand Plane Book”—by Garrett Hack as one of your favorite books. This Garrett Hack is a man who is very full of wisdom in the ways of traditional and fine woodworking.

I enjoy your blog here and yes, if your not always posting here; then I read you also at your other places….


-- --frank, NH,

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#2 posted 02-22-2007 05:13 PM

Well, we got to pay that mortgage to keep our shops, what they call a catch 22. The best we can do is make our shop time quality time, so it doesn’t get waisted. Good luck balancing them both.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#3 posted 02-23-2007 07:31 AM

You’ve asked for balance, so may you receive!...

You may complain about shop time, or lack thereof, but with what I’ve seen, at least your making some progress on projects and getting some quality time. My aspiration for this weekend is to … well, I don’t even know what, something more than shovel (yes shovel, not sweep) a winters worth of sawdust out of the basement.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#4 posted 02-23-2007 01:30 PM

I am new to this blog thing so here goes.

The time that I spend in the shop, at times it is just to get away, from that 60 + hours that we are paying the morgage. Any time spent there, even if your not getting much done is better than not having a shop at all.


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#5 posted 02-23-2007 06:17 PM

My shop time is trying to build a business to support me. I left corporate america and those 60 hour weeks to do something else. This is what I want to do. Now I just need to make some money at it.

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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Philip Edwards

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#6 posted 02-23-2007 07:26 PM

Thanks for your comments, Guys!
You’re right – any shop time is GOOD TIME :)
Best regards
(Who has just been out in the ‘shop)

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#7 posted 04-05-2007 06:55 AM

You better speak to them shopgods again….. lol

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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