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Blog entry by spaids posted 02-20-2009 06:23 PM 990 reads 0 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

For many of us it is slowly getting back to shop weather. We have turned off and packed up and only been able to exchange coy glances with our table saws. (My Ridgid TS3650 is a naughty little vixen) The time is getting close and every time I think about getting back in the shop I find myself running in circles in my head over what I want to start with.

For those of you who, like me, have had to close up shop for the winter, whats the first thing on your plate when the thaw gets here?

My list grows everyday but I know I need to start with some essentials:

Out feed table
cabinet/stand for my drill press

-- Wipe the blood stains from your blade before coming in.--

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Francisco Luna

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#1 posted 02-20-2009 06:39 PM

Thats a good start!......I believe that over everything else, the projects for the shop are the most important. A well organized, eficient shop, a nice looking place, makes us to feel condfortble, safe, inspired, positive.

-- Nature is my manifestation of God. I go to nature every day for inspiration in the day's work. I follow in building the principles which nature has used in its domain" Frank Lloyd Wright

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Rick D.

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#2 posted 02-20-2009 06:54 PM

I need to build a new fence. NO, not a table saw fence (that would be a fun project). I need a new fence in my backyard. About 60 feet of it. On the current fence, 75% of the 4×4 post are rotted at the point that they hit the soil. Considering going with steel posts for the fence. Any ideas?

-- segmented turning kits --->

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Scott Bryan

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#3 posted 02-20-2009 07:05 PM

I don’t really know. I am finishing up a laundry center that was “assigned” to me so when that is done (and the laundry room and adjoining bath remodel are completed) I will have to ask my wife what is next on HER list. Somehow she has gotten the notion that it is her mission in life to find things for me to do. :)

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#4 posted 02-20-2009 07:27 PM

I was just talking to my wife about that stuff. Last weekend I was building a new clamp rack to mount on the wall(I bought more clamps). How long can that take. From Friday till Sunday night she had so much for us to do that I never had more than 1/2 hour at a time to spend in the shop. Her answer was (And the problem is?) LOL. We agreed to hang a paper schedule so both of us can keep track of time because like Spaids my list is growing by the day.

-- St. Louis - just a cut away from finishing!

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#5 posted 02-20-2009 09:07 PM

I usually have my shop outside, up until the time it get’s to 40 or lower, then have to take everything back in the garage. Since last summer I’ve been the only one in the country (from what I’ve been told) making and selling a certain product, which I won’t say what it is, hehehe, and needed my shop! I have to take up in the basement next to the washer and dryer. It’s no fun trying to have a shop in 20s.f. of space (at most) when you are cutting lots of MDF. (that dust goes everywhere). So anyway, I finished up making any product I think I need for a show this weekend, and decided next week when I get home, I’m going to make something for ME. I’m thinking a few frame clamps which are all over the place here on LJ.

Man I talk too much.

-- Respect your shop tools and they will respect you - Ric

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Derek Lyons

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#6 posted 02-20-2009 09:09 PM

My priorities: Wedding presents for niece, various shop projects (mostly carts and cabinets).

These however are subject to the whims of the LOML.

-- Derek, Bremerton WA --

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#7 posted 02-20-2009 09:34 PM

The LOML just asked if I could make a foyer table to donate to our kids elementary school. The plan is to glue up the top and take that to school and have the kids sign it. My wife if going to wood burn the signatures into the top while I build the rest of the table. The table will then be donated to the school. They have a yearly event and a silent auction.

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#8 posted 02-21-2009 01:15 AM

Commissioned ,humidor, wine rack and napkin holder..then a few cutting boards.

-- All bleeding will eventually stop.

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#9 posted 02-21-2009 02:07 AM

Well… where do I start?... lol. My wife has so many things for me to do that I forget that I have a shop… lol.

I’ve got a shop bench and a tablesaw station that I’d like to build as soon as it warms up. I started calling around for material prices today…

I was hoping that it would get warm enough today for me to get out and do something, but no such luck. (I got tied up on the LOML’s to-do list… somehow, she doesn’t see a problem with that.)


-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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#10 posted 02-21-2009 03:40 AM

Im planning a traditional tool chest, currently in working on a disston saw,a urn,playhouse, new shop, tile floors in a bathroom while making new trim,finishing the roof on my house, remodeling my mothers house, did I mention a new work bench. My wife thinks I have a.d.d. what do you think?


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#11 posted 02-21-2009 11:50 AM

Living in a place that’s hot and humid year-round, I don’t have an “off-season”. That being said, I’m putting the finishing touches on a lego table for the kids (post and project page soon!).

My next project? Sharpening all my blades!

-- Eric at

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#12 posted 02-21-2009 01:23 PM

I am just getting back into woodworking. So, I have cabinets and other various storage projects on my list. My wife has also let me know that she has some “ideas” for the house that she would like me to tackle. It’s a good thing that I enjoy this stuff!

-- A life of leisure and a life of laziness are two things. There will be sleeping enough in the grave. ~Benjamin Franklin

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#13 posted 02-23-2009 09:13 PM

While I haven’t close the shop for the winter, I am excited about warming up and woodworking “season” again. Once I get this beast of a bench finished, I will be diving into a Greene & Greene inspired coffee table for my wife. (notice how 9 out of 10 responses here have something like, “my wife wants me to..”)

Fortunately, even though this is on the honey-do list, I am very excited about it.

-- The Hand Tool School is Open for Business! Check out my blog and podcast "The Renaissance Woodworker" at

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#14 posted 02-24-2009 12:49 AM

For myself – A valet/charging station
For my sister – bookshelvs and computer station
For my youngest son – a music stand that he can take to college
For my oldest son – small turnings: pen, key chain, etc.
For my shop – new storage cabinet to store all my stuff, and restore a belt sander.

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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#15 posted 05-01-2009 09:46 AM

That’s funny in, Arizona many of us have to close up shop in the summer. Small shops are like a sauna. If your lucky you have an A/C unit.

Come Oct./Nov. when I get back out there I have a list as long as my arm.

Adirondack chairs
Tendon Jig
Router table extension to table saw
Dust collection system


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