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Posted on Woodworkers with small children - how do you budget time for the shop?

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#1 posted 05-29-2013 11:35 AM

I have three boy (8/4/2). I’ve spent more time over the past 8 years cleaning-up pee, poo, and vomit, than I have in the in the shop. Thats just part of the gig. You SHOULD be spending the lion’s share of your non-work time with your kid. Thats what makes you a father vs. a sperm donor. You’re doing the right thing. But you already knew that.
To answer your question: Focus on small projects that you can complete in a few hours. Trivets and cutting boards for example. Maybe grab a lathe and make pens. You could likely complete the cut list for a small project while the kid is napping (assuming her room doesnt share a wall with your shop). Then assemble during the next nap. etc. etc. Larger, more complicated projects will likely prove too time-consuming and will make you more frustrated over your lack of time. Refinishing and/or restoring furninture is another relatively fast project you might enjoy. Restoring tools can be fun as well.

The day will come when your (beautiful) daughter will command less of you and your wife’s attention and you’ll be able to spend more time in the shop.
Of course, thats when your wife will tell you that she’s pregnant again :)

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