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Blog entry by randyb posted 1852 days ago 777 reads 0 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I can’t believe how important my shop is to me. I call it a workshop not a wood shop, I am always out there doing something, fixing, building, and thinking. its been called an unorganized mess, whatever! maybe so but its my mess, as long as there is a place for my coffee and my old rocking chair I’m happy. every morning when I take the dog out to do her thing, I open the door and just smile, its my place.

-- I was going for that distressed look



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patron

12962 posts in 1942 days


#1 posted 1852 days ago

sounds good to me ,
where are the pics ?
.
we know you got the saw running ,
show us something you build too !
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come on in ,
the waters fine .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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postoastie

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#2 posted 1852 days ago

Ditto,

Although my shop is new and in the formative stages, it still feels like an old friend. Last night I went out for a moment to try a new sharpening jig. I looked up and it was 10:30. Three hours had passed.

Postoastie

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Pete_Jud

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#3 posted 1852 days ago

My wife can’t understand how much time I spend in the shop instead of sitting in the house talking to her. Maybe I prefer the sound of the table saw. Never nothing to do. move some thing, try some thing new, or just surf the net. It’s a great place to get away when you can’t get to the boat.

-- Life is to short to own an ugly boat.

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Roper

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#4 posted 1852 days ago

my shop is my shop, it my not be the biggest and it my not be the best but it’s mine. i find myself spending many hours in it.

-- Roper - Master of sawdust- www.roperwoodturning.com

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sikrap

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#5 posted 1852 days ago

They are pouring the slab for my new shop Friday and I spent 2 hours today walking around on the stone figuring out what was going to go where. I can’t wait!!!!

-- Dave, Colonie, NY

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woodworm

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#6 posted 1852 days ago

I’ve been waiting for my new proper shop to be ready. It’s not easy to do work without one.
Sometimes, I feel unsafe to leave expensive tools in an open area,... like this

This is what I’ve been waitng for…
The shop should be our heaven.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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randyb

119 posts in 1929 days


#7 posted 1852 days ago

you guys are so lucky to get new shops, I am about 2-3 years out for mine. I have a rough time with my storage decisions, will these things be something I will use. with as much time as we invest in building a shop we must enjoy every step. Marking off the boundary of a future shop planning, what fun! I am happy for you, can’t wait to see photos

-- I was going for that distressed look

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gjd

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#8 posted 1852 days ago

I’ve been trying to finalize my shop layout. I thought I had it but it was predicated on having the right side of the table saw against a wall. Been using it that way for about 3 months and it just doesn’t seem right.
I’m real lucky about time in my shop. My wife encourages me to spend more time there (and work on the long list of projects I promised her). She is a quilter and spends untold hours in her sewing room, so she understands shop time.

-- gjd Southcentral Wisconsin

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John

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#9 posted 1852 days ago

When I got married (26 years ago) my wife and I lived in a apartment that had a balcony about 5’ deep X about 20’ long. At the end of the balcony was a closet about 5’ X 5’. THAT WAS MY SHOP! No shop tools at all. My Framing Skillsaw and Milwalkee Drill was the only power tools I owned. Every time I wanted to work “IN THE SHOP” I would have to un pack my closet, set up my sawhorses, and go to work as long as I cleaned up when done before the neighbors complained. THAT WAS A SMALL SHOP!

John

-- John

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John

208 posts in 2003 days


#10 posted 1852 days ago

When I got married (26 years ago) my wife and I lived in a apartment that had a balcony about 5’ deep X about 20’ long. At the end of the balcony was a closet about 5’ X 5’. THAT WAS MY SHOP! No shop tools at all. My Framing Skillsaw and Milwalkee Drill was the only power tools I owned. Every time I wanted to work “IN THE SHOP” I would have to un pack my closet, set up my sawhorses, and go to work as long as I cleaned up when done before the neighbors complained. THAT WAS A SMALL SHOP!

John

-- John

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randyb

119 posts in 1929 days


#11 posted 1852 days ago

That’s a small shop! I went to high school wood shop with the attention span of a teenager, it was fun but I never thought I would ever do woodworking on my own. my story is a little like yours, I built my first piece of furniture, which was a cheap book shelf. I had an old hand saw and a hammer. we still have it in our pantry after 20 years. I wish I would have been more focused on building stuff than worrying about having the right tools, I have wasted a lot of time spinning my wheels. I am only now beginning to build thing other than tools, shop furniture and jigs.

-- I was going for that distressed look

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GaryK

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#12 posted 1852 days ago

It’s a place for my stuff and stuff for my place.

It’s my man cave.

It’s my hiding place.

It’s my home away from home…

and:

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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Don K.

1075 posts in 1928 days


#13 posted 1852 days ago

I love reading how everyone feels about their shop…mine is like a old friend. I can go out there in the evening…start working on a small or large project…next thing I know it is well past midnight. I have the fridge out there already but the wife will not let me have a bed out there because she knows she would never see me again.

-- Don S.E. OK

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Splinterman

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#14 posted 1852 days ago

As the video shows…....there is nothing like a good Aussie shed mate…...LOL.

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Kristoffer

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#15 posted 1664 days ago

Yeah, I did my “first” projects while taking a break at a deck job. All I had was a jig saw, circular saw and a drill. When I moved back to MI., I only had a 4’ by 6’ patio at our apartment. I was SOOO happy to finally get a 9 1/2 by 9 1/2 storage unit to store my tools and use as a shop. Until then, I had to keep my tools in my dining room and living room. I recently upgraded a couple tools and picked up a few new tools. Since I mostly work with scraps and curb finds (that seem to add up quickly) and with all of the new additions, I’m going to be VERY happy to start moving into my 10’ by 20’ unit tomorrow.
Either way, my shop will still be small and I’d almost bet that it’ll be pretty messy, but like you said….. “It’s my mess”, and I will love it.

-- Cheers and God Bless

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