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#1 posted 07-17-2012 11:00 AM

I have to do the work in the Summer because I can’t afford the cost of heating the shop in Winter.
My LIST is long and Summer too short.


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#2 posted 07-17-2012 11:01 AM

C. Summertime seems to be a time to deal with house/yard/gardens projects and tasks. I did get the potting bench done. If the weather is too hot, I do get to spend a late afternoon in the shop playing.

-- John from Hampstead

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#3 posted 07-17-2012 11:48 AM

C: the heat drives my production.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#4 posted 07-17-2012 11:59 AM

C: The Grandkids take up most of my summer time, but im not complaning

-- --May you have fair winds and following seas--

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#5 posted 07-17-2012 12:11 PM

C: Sometimes I can go super-sonic, and lotsa times, not so fast… :)

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#6 posted 07-17-2012 12:31 PM

Summertime …as Don mentioned it is a lot cheaper to work in the shop now.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#7 posted 07-17-2012 12:37 PM

Lots for me.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#8 posted 07-17-2012 12:52 PM

A. I am usually working on the house or yard and fishing in the summer. Most woodworking is done during the cold winters.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#9 posted 07-17-2012 01:02 PM

C. usually driven by orders for retirement shadowboxes, or the wife. LOL

-- Paul, North Dakota, USAF Ret.

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#10 posted 07-17-2012 01:17 PM

Summertime is for the indoors. With temps and Humidity roaming around 95 F. it is just too hot. Outside you put a tool down in the sun, and you need asbestos gloves to pick it up. So fall, winter and spring are my woodworking times.

-- Thor and Odin are still the greatest of Gods.

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#11 posted 07-17-2012 01:17 PM

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#12 posted 07-17-2012 01:27 PM

C: Work is usually broken up into periods as long as I can stand. Usually about an hour in the heat and sweat then an hour+ in the air conditioning.

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#13 posted 07-17-2012 01:56 PM

This summer I have to replace the back deck, and I am making my own upright posts and pouring my own
footings (sakrete) so this is a busy time for me. When the deck is done, then I get to play with my lathe

-- As ever, Gus-the 79 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#14 posted 07-17-2012 01:57 PM

B I am usually in my shop every day and most days are 10-12 hour work (fun) days.
My shop is climate controlled and never is uncomfortable to work in.

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#15 posted 07-17-2012 02:04 PM

I do woodworking every single weekend. It makes no difference whether it’s Spring, Summer, Fall or Winter. The only days that I miss would be if it was a special holiday or I was on vacation somewhere. However, even when I’m on vacation I still take some of my woodcarving tools and do a little carving and whittling.

I would have to say that I do get hot in the summer and cold sometimes in the winter but I still work. I have a little space heater in the winter and a floor fan in the summer. However, on the weekdays at the plant that’s all I have when I’m in my office which is in the machine shop. There is no air or heat in the plant so I’m use to it anyways.


-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#16 posted 07-17-2012 02:46 PM

I wood work to relax, so just about anytime of year. I can always bring some projects into the house. Right now, it is tool rehab in the shop…

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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#17 posted 07-17-2012 02:50 PM

This Summer Ive been out there just about daily, but then again I’ve moved back to where my shop building is, and I took the opportunity to finally ‘fix’ a bunch of stuff out there… (insulation, sheathing the walls…) so B

-- Ned - 2B1ASK1

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#18 posted 07-17-2012 02:59 PM

My answer to the survey would be “B”, Yes I work through out the summer.

Where I live, in the Pacific Northwest, summer is those first two weeks of August so it hasn’t arrived this year yet. In the perpetual spring I can work in the shop with the door open if it isn’t too sunny. The sunshine makes it harder to see because I would always be adjusting from shadow to full sun. Lately on days when it is not raining, and we have had a few this month, I have been working on the vehicles.
This is a great area for wood working, mild winters and milder summers. The only thing missing is the great variety of hardwoods that they have in the eastern US. Thankfully shipping costs are not huge and we still have access and an ocean port.

-- Mel,

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#19 posted 07-17-2012 03:06 PM

C – but I’m guessing the answer to this question is really going to be driven by where you have your shop and whether it is heated, cooled, or just subject to the weather. This summer has been tough in the midwest (Indianapolis) if you have an unconditioned area to work in (as I do)...we’ve been in the 90s and even 100s for weeks if not months. Might need to think about moving

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#20 posted 07-17-2012 03:06 PM

B) I just keep drinking liquids and sweating… 1 pint per hour keeps you hydrated. If you forget to chill a beer for the end of the day, 5 minutes in a ice & saltwater bath get your beer so cold, it will have ice crystals in it. Like an old time ice cream freezer…

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#21 posted 07-17-2012 03:08 PM

C. but then it’s the same all year around. I work on it in spurts sometimes til 2 in the morning and sometimes I go 2-3 days and don’t even go to my shop.

-- Life is good.

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#22 posted 07-17-2012 03:21 PM

I live in Buckeye, Arizona which is just on the westside of Phoenix, Should I say anymore. Temp today is a chilly 100. Just don’t do any woodworking projects outside. Shop is not airconditioned but I keep the garage door closed and the fan on and always have a muig of ice water.

-- DeputyDawg

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#23 posted 07-17-2012 03:26 PM

Lots of outdoor woodworking (contacting)
Minimal shop woodwoking

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#24 posted 07-17-2012 03:30 PM

A – pretty much none. My day job is watching my two kids, so I get no time during the summer. Can’t wait for fall and back to school!!!

-- John

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#25 posted 07-17-2012 03:38 PM

C. Not much different to my winter (or spring or autumn/fall) activity. In fact, the weather here this summer has been abysmal so far!

-- Res severa verum gaudium - True pleasure is a serious business.

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#26 posted 07-17-2012 03:51 PM

Like many summertime is usually reserved for working on the house…although I did squeeze in some projects for the shop.

-- Jeff , Wisconsin Please...can I stay in the basement a little longer, please!

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#27 posted 07-17-2012 03:55 PM

My wood working seems to go on through the year. And usually they are panic work. Four months ago my daughter took in a teenager that needed a place to stay with about one hours of notice so making a bed for her became a quick ordered item. My wife had the idea of taking some nice pre-painted and turned porch columns and trim board to make a bunk bed over our granddaughter’s bed. This worked out great for the need.

Now I am on the clock for my grandson’s birthday gift and he would like a train along with all the cars to pull, so he found a book at the lumber store that had exactly what he wanted so off we go with about a week to complete. (Not looking good time wise).

Next is a new fence around the yard. Time to recruit some help for this project.

Just a tip from an Engineering Doctor I met in Iraq for staying cool for those working outside. If you take an 8 oz. glass of water and a table spoon of yogurt, mix them together really well and place it in a non-transparent glass (Really gross looking), drink that down and you will find that you will sweat less and you will feel better at the end of the day.

-- Granny Moon Graphics - Patrick O'Rourke, South Carolina

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#28 posted 07-17-2012 03:58 PM

Right now I am working in the summer only because I have a project I want to get finished for the State Fair this year, but Winter time is wood working time for me, it’s Dark and wicked cold most of the time in the winter so it keeps me busy so I won’t get cabin Fever. Summer time is for Fishing, Hunting and partying because it’s daylight 24/7 around here !

-- Steve - Wasilla, Alaska

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#29 posted 07-17-2012 04:03 PM

Lots, B. Although I don’t slow down much on the cold. It’s 104 today.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#30 posted 07-17-2012 04:04 PM

My woodworking in the summer usually tapers off. This year it has been different because of the high heat in the Midwestern United States. My shop, or cave as I call it, is in the basement where it is cool. It’s a great place to hibernate even in the summer.

-- I started out with nothing, and still have most of it..... Ernest 1.

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#31 posted 07-17-2012 04:29 PM

I have a gas space heater for winter that is costing about $15/month mainly to keep it dry, but I turn up the heat when I’m working. Stays 40 on lowest setting and warms up to 65-70 in 30 min. when I turn it up to work.

Now the best part…I have a 40+ year old 19K window a/c that I paid $75 for about 35 years ago. When I had central a/c installed in the house, I moved the window unit to the shop. It is 99deg. outside right now and inside the shop is 72deg on low cool. Good insulation makes all the difference in the shop. Don’t see much increase in electric bill for the shop. The house unit is running often and the meter is spinning, so thank God for the budget system on the electric bill.

-- Stormy: Sometimes the wood just tells you what it wants to be.

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#32 posted 07-17-2012 04:31 PM


I am usually in my shop 6 to 8 hours a day during the summer and around 5 to 6 in the winter. The winter is slower because of the cold weather and my shop isn’t heated and the old fingers get pretty cold.

I’ve become kinda addicted to being in the shop since being retired and can use all those tools I collected over the last 30 years while working for private industry. A woodworker can never have enough tools! “Right”

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#33 posted 07-17-2012 04:33 PM

I’d say C. The nice weather means everything outdoors – gardening, kayaking, hiking, playground with my daughter, visiting the lake, woodworking, etc.! Of course, it’s a definite thing this summer as I need to get the entertainment center built to move the computer/office room out and put the nursery in! Unless it’s un-Godly hot or cold, work happens regardless!

-- Loving the outdoors since 1981!

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#34 posted 07-17-2012 04:34 PM

Everyday no matter the season, it’s my passion, being retired gives me that luxury. :)

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#35 posted 07-17-2012 04:35 PM

Try for “B”...

... ends up as “C”... because it gets SO HOT…

Spring-into-Summer… and Late Summer-into-Fall are my best enjoyable times.

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#36 posted 07-17-2012 04:36 PM


-- Doug - Make an effort to live by the slogan "We try harder"

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#37 posted 07-17-2012 04:38 PM

C my shop has no AC so too hot to work much.

-- Kepy

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#38 posted 07-17-2012 04:44 PM

A. Aside from a few small required carpentering jobs, my tools just sit. Too hot. I especially hate turning in the heat. chips fly EVERYWHERE, then stick to you. I had to turn down a paying lathe job yesterday- just can not get my ass out in the hot shop. Especially this year.

-- Dan V. in Indy

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#39 posted 07-17-2012 04:45 PM

C. I work until it gets too hot during mid day. It is time for a nap by that time anyway.

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#40 posted 07-17-2012 04:54 PM

I guess I go with the demand. This summer I’ve been exceptionally busy. I work in an air conditioned shop, so with temperatures hovering around 105º, I don’t mind working in the shop.

-- Dave, Kansas City

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#41 posted 07-17-2012 05:16 PM

Since retiring and downsizing from a house to a trailer court I only whittle or carve. I do most of that in my chair in the living room . It makes no difference what the season i I am able to whittle almost every day. For me that is a wonderful life

-- Robert New Mexico

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#42 posted 07-17-2012 05:30 PM

I am starting to do more now that it’s the summer AFTER my youngest has graduated from high school and I am no longer involved in the band boosters. Funny how a little “extra” time will get the creative juices flowing.

Living in SoCal allows me to work pretty much year round so I’m fortunate in that respect. The biggest problems come with finishing when it’s raining or cold (and yes it gets cold here too). I have to plan projects around the weather in the first quarter of the year. Other than that it’s [usually] all systems go.

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#43 posted 07-17-2012 05:46 PM

B lots in summer, and winter, and fall; mostly fall ….... time to make toys for xmas cheer fund

-- Edward ......... It's a poor craftsman who blames his tools .....Stupid scrollsaw never works right!

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#44 posted 07-17-2012 05:54 PM

Down here in Florida, you have to really want to try a project to endure the heat & humidity mother nature throws at you.
Morning & evenings are the only bearable times.

-- Eric, central Florida / Utor praemia operibus duris

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#45 posted 07-17-2012 06:21 PM

wanted to try for B but with the heat wave the shop hasn’t dropped below 90 in over 3 weeks so it’s C. I’d love to toss in a window AC but the wife won’t spring for it that easily.

-- --Rev. Russ in NY-- A posse ad esse

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#46 posted 07-17-2012 06:23 PM

Some, but I knock off about 2:00PM when the sun hits the west side of my shop. In the OK heat of 100+ anything done at all must be right in front of a fan after that. It’s just too damned hot to think. Sooooooo- I use the time to pick up the tools and put them away with a cold BUD and a cigar and then get in the pool about three PM. Cuts down on the productivity, but it beats the hell out of the winter when the doors are closed and the heater is on. I get more done then, but I have to go outside and get my vitamin D fix defore the sun gets too low. The new shop will definately have GOOD AC.

-- "Now I'm just another old guy wearing funny clothes"

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#47 posted 07-17-2012 06:42 PM

With a basement shop anytime is a good time. Cool in the summer and comfortable in the winter. On these hot humid days it’s a great spot to hang out.

-- Glenn, Nova Scotia

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#48 posted 07-17-2012 06:44 PM

I work in the shop all summer long, and winter I love getting in my shop

-- Michael . USN ( Ret ) Batesville,AR

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#49 posted 07-17-2012 06:55 PM

I have a 4 season shop so I can work year round. This is my first year that I’ve actually been able to do anything so I’ve been doing multiple projects at once. So far, I’ve finished my workbench, a toy chest for my granddaughter, finishing another workbench for a wedding present, finishing a cabinet for the workshop, another toy chest is in the works and in the process of making a pre-filter for my air conditioner (too much dust from sanding). After that, I have to design and build a new bathroom vanity. Then I think I may take a week off to go fishing. LOL

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#50 posted 07-17-2012 07:07 PM

A strong C: Some

My basement shop is nice and cool, so I’m inspired to to spend more time in it. But my work is at the computer or doing building maintenance, which doesn’t allow me much woodworking time.

-- You can collect dust or you can make dust. I choose to make it.

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