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Have you Ever?

by doninvegas
posted 935 days ago

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#1 posted 935 days ago

Doninvegas i just got in from my shop and did absolutely nothing. I vacuumed, thought about other projects, admired my tools, waxed, sat on the stool and played on my phone. And it was pretty therapeutical. I finished a few things in the last week so im in between projects so im not in s hurry right now. So YES! Its okay to do nothing! Glad you brought it up!


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#2 posted 935 days ago

Sometimes it’s just catching up with shop chores and sometimes we just want to think about what to do or how to do it.

-- Custom furniture

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#3 posted 935 days ago

Do that a lot. Sometimes when I’m not physically able to work, I just go out there and sit at my bench and dream. It is my space and just being in it alone is very relaxing. So you are not alone.

-- Like a bad penny, I keep coming back!

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#4 posted 935 days ago

My wood shop is the calmest place I know. I go there a lot just think,or be alone I have no windows so I can completely lock out the outside world works great…....................................Schloemoe

-- schloemoe, Oregon , http://www.

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#5 posted 935 days ago

Like Betsy, sometimes I’m not physically able to do anything but go out and look around.
Sometimes it’s therapeutic, sometimes not so much and then there are the times that I think, “I’ll just clean up that little thing there”..... and 3 hours later I am piddling with something else, making a bigger mess.

Today for instance I was sitting there listening to music on an old laptop I use in the shop and the next thing I know, I’ve figured out how to build a totally worthless homemade miter gauge for my table saw and band saw.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#6 posted 935 days ago

I go to mine just to get away and tinker/think or whatever… doesn’t always have to be for a project I am working on…

-- Rome wasn't built in a day... but I wasn't on that job? ...

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#7 posted 935 days ago

I feel SOOOOOO much better now. I go out to the shop just to be there weather I have something to do or not.

-- "Courage is being scared to death -- but saddling up anyway."

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#8 posted 935 days ago

I put casters on my newly built cut-off cart which finished it this morning and that was at 7am. Will post it as a project soon. I planned to sit down at the computer today and get a start on preparing project posts on the many projects from last couple of years. I document all my projects with lots of in-progress pictures but, never get around to creating the project posts. I have posted one project and think one review after being a member for 886 days. I promise to do better in the future …......... Yeah right?

I got distracted collecting all my off cuts and loading them into the new cart and spent rest of the day cleaning up the shop.

Oh well …...... Project posts will come some day.

This is a great web site …....... If only the political BS would just go away!

-- Rick Gustafson - Lost Creek Ranch - Colorado County, Texas

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#9 posted 935 days ago

Well I’ve gone out there plenty of times not knowing what I was going to do. I usually find something. And there always seem to be tools to sharpen and I really need to build that skill up. I just had the opportunity to use a new chisel that I had worked on a little and now I really appreciate having a sharp chisel.

-- --- Measure twice, mis-cut, start over, repeat ---

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#10 posted 935 days ago

Yea it happens, but when it happens I just sit there and be thankful I have somewhere to go thats just me time.

-- Warren, Cambridge,OH.

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#11 posted 935 days ago

I couldn’t have said it better. It’s ME time. I just enjoy being in the shop weather I have somting to do or not.

-- "Courage is being scared to death -- but saddling up anyway."

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#12 posted 934 days ago

I went out to my shop and did nothing as well. But then I have not put in the electric or insulation or sheet rock but I did do a lot of planing on where everything will go. I have to run a 200 AMP panel and decided that all the 240VAC lines will be ran in conduit outside the wall and all the 125VAC circuits will be quads inside the walls with no more then 8 feet apart. My new shop is about 2.5 times as big as my old one.

-- Bob Egbert AKA Sandhill

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#13 posted 934 days ago

Sometimes the best part of my day is when I get “sent to my room”, “sent to the dog house”, or just exiled from the kitchen because the wife is putting yet another outstanding spread on the table. She realizes that I need my time to “tilt at windmills” and just dream about the projects that I’ll one day have the skills to build. Half the fun for me is thinking thru the problems the skills present.

-- Matt

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#14 posted 934 days ago

I used to do that constantly. Especialy when waiting for glue to dry. Going to school will ensure that I have something to do in the shop everyday but lately when this block happens I have been trying to draft something, anything or cut a practive dovetail just to keep active.

-- {Current North Bennet street school student}

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#15 posted 934 days ago

I have known a few people that do that at work…. :)

-- -- Lou Stagner, (a blog about a newbie woodworker's journey)

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#16 posted 934 days ago

Sometimes I go out and just sit in a chair and look around at things for improving the shop. Sometimes I just go out and piddle around just to be in the shop.

-- Life is good.

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#17 posted 934 days ago

My shop is “MY SPACE” a place to work, a place to think, a place to do whatever I feel I am in the mood for. I get sidetracked aLOT when I am out there, I go to work on a project, and end up starting another one, or finishing something else that wasn’t planned.

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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#18 posted 934 days ago

I do that alot.come to the shop ,make coffee,fire up the woodstove an sign into lumberjocks. sit here a the table saw an read the posts….just like i,m doing now..every morning 7am


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#19 posted 934 days ago

In 33 years of woodworking I have NEVER gone into the shop and done NOTHING!

Not saying there’s anything wrong with that, or that it isn’nt theraputic and all, BUT, there is always something to do out there! The list of things to be done seems to never end. Whether it’s working a project or fixing up the place, cleaning, arranging, etc.

Now, all that being said, I have a new back yard that I’ve been working on since June that I can get lost in, sit out by the pool and do NOTHING… I suppose that’s almost the same thing.

Oh, and for you guys freezing in the snow back east, it was 75 degrees in Phoenix yesterday. I heated the jacuzzi and went swimming yesterday. That’s a pool gloat, or maybe a weather gloat, I suppose.

-- "Hard work is not defined by the difficulty of the task as much as a person's desire to perform it.", DS251

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#20 posted 934 days ago

I to have had times when I was unable (medically) to do anything in the shop but sit and think but more often, I will go down there with a specific intent and look at the bench and think: the Tormek is still out, I should sharpen that iron for the #2. Oh shoot, before I put it on the Tormek I have to lap the back. Better get out the stones. On the way to get out the stones I notice that the spindle sander is sitting on the B & D Workmate, maybe I should shape that thumb rest for the base guitar. Now where did I put that piece of rose wood and on and on ad infinitum until it is time for dinner or time for bed or time for whatever and I no longer have any iidea what my original intent was and the thumb rest hasn’t been shaped and the #2 iron hasn’t been sharpened and none of the 101 other distractions have been completed. LOL


-- ♫♪♪♫♫ Saddletramp, saddletramp, I'm as free as the breeze and I ride where I please, saddletramp ♪♪♪♫♪ ...... Bob W....NW Michigan (Traverse City area)

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#21 posted 934 days ago

I’m right behind you Don – Spent Sunday sharpening tuning and waxing -
Tuned an old Stanley 220 block plane….took forever it seemed to get the sole lapped flat.
Wife wasn’t impressed that I had been in the shop for several hours and had ‘nothing’ to show for it

-- "If we did all the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astonish ourselves." Edison

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#22 posted 934 days ago

I also do it and recently discovered I enjoy it more and more. I try to keep my shop pretty straightened up most the time with my current project sitting there on the bench or what not. I cant tell you how many glasses of tea, lemon aid, coffee, hot tea…. Or beer I have consumed just soaking everything in. I have learned recently how we tend to get so wrapped up with doing this and that we tend to forget to enjoy the process, and soak it in.

My shop has become my own private world of ideas, creativity, and enjoyment… Why not sit back and soak it all in? Enjoy it Don…. To me that is the good stuff…

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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