WoodChick #1: Returning to Woodworking

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Blog entry by sfhipchick posted 07-13-2017 11:50 PM 845 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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My husband and I had a lovely, fully-appointed wood shop which was eaten to the ground by a wildfire a couple of years ago. After jumping through all the insurance hoops and finding a contractor, we finally have a new wood shop in place. It’s not finished but it is complete enough that we are now able to begin doing projects again.

In the past, my interest was squarely centered on turning pens. I loved seeing the woodworking projects my husband did but I didn’t want to get involved.

Times change! Now that we have our new shop, I want to learn to do more than just turn pens. My focus will be split by lathe work and traditional woodworking projects, and I thought it would be fun to document my adventures here!

What We’ve Done So Far:
1: Work table for our Jet lathe

2: Work table for our shop, larger than the first table

3: Replaced table top and shelf for a older Craftsman lathe we purchased from Craigslist

4: Book shelf for our woodworking books

5: Temporary wood storage rack on wall, ceiling wood rack

I am also including a picture of some pens I turned in the past.

-- Move out of your comfort zone. You can only grow if you are willing to feel awkward and uncomfortable when you try something new. ~ Brian Tracy

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#1 posted 07-14-2017 12:07 AM

Welcome 2 LJ’s :<)) GREAT JOB :<))


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#2 posted 07-14-2017 12:09 AM

Sounds good, welcome!

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#3 posted 07-14-2017 01:37 AM

Fantastic!! Congratulations on getting through all those hoops to get things replaced.

I just started turning pens and am really loving that exploration! I’ve needed some “quick wins” to stay motivated in the 108 degree shop lately and pens fit the bill. I hope I can make them as beautiful as I see yours are! Can’t wait to see what projects come out of your shop.

Take care

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#4 posted 07-14-2017 10:35 AM

It’s awesome can share some more information on your next blog post.

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#5 posted 07-14-2017 12:30 PM

Welcome to Lumberjocks! We are cheering for you! Keep up the good work!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#6 posted 07-14-2017 12:41 PM

Welcome to the site and congratulations on the new shop. Sorry to hear about the old one but I’m sure this new adventure will be worth the hoop-jumping for you and your husband :-) Lovely work on those pens!

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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