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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 11:54 AM


I’ve got an almost 2-year-old. An amazing, understanding, encouraging, patient wife is a huge asset.

My schedule – normal 9-5 day job – pick the kid up from daycare at 5, family time from 5-8. Kid goes down to sleep at 8 every night like clockwork. From 8-10 pm is my ‘shop’ time every time night. I try to do my loudest work on weekends. Careful planning will be your best bet.

I try to plan my projects around this. So Saturdays/Sundays I try to do any routing/planing and rough cutting to length on the miter saw. Weeknights I do a lot of ripping on the TS, sanding, hand planing, glue ups, assemblies and finishing.

To be honest, the first 9 months or so I didn’t do much in the shop, and then slowly made my way back out as the kid got more independent and we got more sleep.

Good luck! In my opinion they’re the best thing that can happen to you.

-- Steve

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