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

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chrisstef

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#1 posted 418 days ago

Everyone has pretty much said the same things I would suggest. Im a new father too, our baby boy is now 9 months old and crawling (look out world). Like you my wife was home with the screaming midget for the first six months while I went off to the 8-5 work day. The way I did things was always spend that time after woerk helping the wife and relieveing her of mom duties for a while. Obviously its good time spent for the both of you.

When the little one goes down to bed that’s where id sneak my shop time in. I spent the first 6 months of the baby’s life sharpening all my hand tools and tuning all my machines. Its work that can be stopped at any moment and picked up again at any moment for the most part. Now that he’s a bit older and his naps are fairly scheduled I can bust it down to the shop and do some work. The best part is I don’t have to waste my time fidgeting with my tools, everything Is ready to go. When time is a precious commodity you want to spend it productively.

Ive also started a work bench. I find its a long term project and that works well for my situation too. Its for me and I know it wont be done over night so little by little I can chip away at it. Having a basement shop its also given me the opportunity to work on my hand tool skills. So far ive drilled and mortised everything by hand with a brace and a chisel so I don’t wake up the house with noisy machines.

Congrats on the little one!! And while everyone else is showing off, I might as well do the same:

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty


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