|Workshop by Randall Sly||posted 330 days ago||681 reads||0 times favorited||3 comments|
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I’ve enjoyed wood working for more than several years, crafting everything from storage solutions to toys and musical instruments. I’ve taken a bit of a break over the last few years, mostly due to losing access to a 1000 sq ft air-conditioned shop and learning the disadvantages of “Joint Tool Ownership”, but that’s all I’m going to say about that. Jump forward 4 years >>>
Finding myself suddenly thrust into an unwelcome medically necessary retirement, everyone says “Find a Hobby”, well I had one and buried out in our small garage I know I have some tools. Just enough to play around a little. Sure I’ll miss the stand up drill press, plainers and table saws. I may also miss having a 35 ft’ miter station, router table and a multitude of carefully built sleds and jigs. A shop vac will replace 2 stage dust collection and there will be no air filtration other than a box fan. The 60YO+ bench top drill press works just fine and as far as I know Grandpa never complained about it. While the HF Lathe is no Jet and certainly not a One Way, it oddly does spin wood. I have made due with lesser quality Ryobi and B&D specials thrown upon one of the work benches and certainly can again.
I’ve been gathering intel (or enthusiasm) here on LJ for a couple weeks now (actually years but not as a member), equipped with my Jr Carpenter Starter Kit I may just start a project or two soon. I might even upload some of my work from the last 10 years, and if I ever clean up the garage I’ll snap a photo of my 150 SF work area after I start the new piles of sawdust. For now please enjoy the photo of what I see from the door of my garage.
Enough about me, I urge everyone to Donate Blood (and I’m not talking about on your shop floor)
-- I could retire nicely if I could sell my experience for what it cost me.