30 projects in 30 days #16: obligation blogging

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Blog entry by scottb posted 06-06-2010 10:54 PM 1104 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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is not much fun. Nor, is obligation anything – even woodworking.

OK, so I was ITCHING to get this next challenge going when time was free, though temperatures and overall shop readiness just did not permit… So I gave myself the option of April, or June as a fall back. April saw the shop almost ready, but time was fleeting.

Last June we had at least 40 days of rain, so shoptime was easily found. This June is looking nicer, and time might be OK.


One lesson I’ve learned from the previous months immersed in the shop was that, while I learned loads, the photographing and blogging took as much, if not nearly more effort than making the projects, and SADLY, the shop would then remain idle for a while afterwards, as I caught my breath, and caught up on things I’d been neglecting. Weeks or (gasp) months, depending on work, and life. You know how it is.

Having FINALLY gotten my new shop to 95% ready to go, I’ve decided to put it through it’s paces SLOWLY and ENJOY my time there. Rather than dive in whole hog, and miss June as it passes by my dusty shop window, leaving me worn out, and desperate for a summer of beach and mountain time – only to get the woodworking bug back in time for the temperatures to plummet. Thereby driving me and my chattering teeth back into the house for a big bowl of homemade soup, pining for next spring when the sawdust can fly again.

Wait, did I just gloss over an entire year? Hmm, I’ve already been without a proper shop for months now, lets not give up any more time.

Methinks having a nice Summer and Fall to make sawdust, and give a whole new shape and life to that pile of wood that moved across town with me sounds a lot better than a 30 day sprint. I’ll be a rainy day woodworker, at least for now.

So to that end, I’ll be making my third (and perhaps final – cause things happen in threes) round of 30 in 30 this coming November – a last minute rush of projects, before I retire my energies for the Holidays. Hopefully a nice slew of Christmas presents to give, or sell (to further finance my turning habit). Then, I might as well take a break when the world wants me to, right?

For now, I’ve got a toybox to put the finishing touches on (well, just the finish), and I’ve started laying out a puzzle and perhaps another box. The sawdust will still fly!

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#1 posted 06-07-2010 12:45 AM

you sound relaxed :)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#2 posted 06-07-2010 12:57 AM

Good luck in your challenge.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#3 posted 06-07-2010 01:10 AM

yeah. SO relaxed.
Well, at least moreso than I would be.
(I totally forgot to mention I did something to my left shoulder. – you know somethings been a bother for too long when you take it for granted.)

Karson, I haven’t forgotten your mini bowls. They WON’T be too much longer. I have totally unearthed, and cleaned off the lathe!

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#4 posted 06-07-2010 06:51 PM

To bad about your shoulder Scott . the shops ready to rock and roll so go for it.

-- Custom furniture

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