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Forum topic by ToddTurner posted 03-31-2010 12:25 AM 1632 views 0 times favorited 37 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-31-2010 12:25 AM

My wife asked me what i wanted for Christmas for my shop. I told her i wanted time and materials. I love my hobby and have all my life. I want to know how the rest of you guys manage your time with your passion of woodworking. Are you regimented to 2 hours a week or do you sneak out there every 5 minutes you can?
I think this is an interesting topic as we can share all the secrets and ideas we want but if we dont spend time in the shop, all our efforts are null and void.
How do you manage your time to get in the shop? How much time do you get in the shop. Okay, PLEASE dont come back with ‘whenever my wife lets…’

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#1 posted 03-31-2010 12:35 AM

Luckily I do this full time so my wife would rather see me in the studio keeping busy.


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#2 posted 03-31-2010 12:37 AM

I am disabled retired so I get to spend as much time or as little time in my shop as I want. My wife still works, and will be working for quite some time, so the shop has become my ‘job’ and has allowed me to keep my sanity.

I miss it when I can’t be there doing what I want.

-- Chip ----------- 6:8

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#3 posted 03-31-2010 12:50 AM

Me i love my shop and try to get down there everyday but it’s hard cuz i work at a acrylic shop and we make furniture,store card- sneaker- broshure holders and displays, boat winshields and everything inbetween so we obviously have to clean up after this is what makes it tough for me cuz i’m so tired when i get home and plus my pockest ain’t that deep so getting supplies are another thing. I can go down there anytime i want just as long as my doughter stayes upstairs i get uncomfortable with her there just in case anything happens, i’ll never forgive myself. So all in all i try to get in there as much as i can. i would say about three or four days out of the week, weekends i’m in there all day others untill nine or ten.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#4 posted 03-31-2010 12:51 AM

this is what i do so i spend as much time as i need to in my shop. could be 20 hours could be 60, depends on what is going on that week.

-- Roper - Master of sawdust-

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#5 posted 03-31-2010 01:15 AM

Not near enough in my book.. I will sometimes spend an entire saturday in the basement… Between the wife child and work…

-- Mike, Southern IL

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#6 posted 03-31-2010 01:19 AM

This is my hobby and I have a busy fulltime job that takes up at least 60 hours per week. Occasionally I am able to get in the shop for a few minutes in the evening but am not able to do anything significant, especially involving power tools (our home is attached to the neighbors’ on both sides). So the weekend (when we aren’t doing something like visiting family or going to a wedding or yadda yadda) is the only time I can get. I’ve never figured out exactly how much this amounts to, but I imagine it is only 2-3 hours per week of good shop time. I spend at least triple or quadruple that per week on woodworking in general, but since it’s usually late at night or early in the morning it only amounts to reading, perusing websites, or planning.

I can only imagine how little time I will have once we have children…

-- Optimists are usually disappointed. Pessimists are either right or pleasantly surprised. I tend to be a disappointed pessimist.

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#7 posted 03-31-2010 01:36 AM

Like live4ever I have a 50 plus hr per week full time job and never have enougth time in my shop. I try to get down there very night after dinner for an hour or so, usually working on the home improvement “honey do” list. The wife dosn’t mind because almost everything I do down there benefits her in some way or another. I have big plans for my own projects but somehow they always get trumped by her. Go figure!

-- Wag more, bark less.

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#8 posted 03-31-2010 01:40 AM

To start with my shop is unheated so it’s “seasonal” and tends to see no action from December thru March. Once open, I get out there as our schedule allows. I often ask for “guilt free” time for Father’s Day, then do what I want.

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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#9 posted 03-31-2010 02:38 AM

I just ask my hunny if theres anything she needs done before i grab a coffee n hit the shop. if we have priorities to get done we get it done first, then all day in the shop

-- M.K.

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#10 posted 03-31-2010 02:52 AM

I’m a full time woodworker both contracting and wood shop work.

-- Custom furniture

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#11 posted 03-31-2010 03:26 AM

I spend as much time as possible, but not enough for my tastes. As well as a bunch of people here, I have a full time job in addition to my hobby/obsession, as well as six children running amok. My wife is compassionate up to a point, but if I build her a nice piece of furniture soon, she may be more understanding. But I am still learning my chops, so hopefully I can get better soon. :)

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#12 posted 03-31-2010 03:39 AM

I am currently looking for work. But I also want to do this and computer repair full time. So I am working on it. Currently I have 3 projects on the list. Working on one and planning the rest. So I guess I get into the shop when I can

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#13 posted 03-31-2010 03:42 AM

Todd, I am retired and my wife works full time. In addition both of my sons are grown and have their own places. My current “job” is to keep my 6 year old grandson after school so I can spend all day in the shop (provided I have addressed my wife’s project list, of course).

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

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#14 posted 03-31-2010 05:10 AM

I have a full time job as a program manager, but I work at home. I am also single so I call the shots on what I do. Frequently during a lunch break I walk down the hall to the shop and get an hour in, and I work a couple of hours in the evening if I dont have yard work or other domestic work to do. I have too many other hobbies so they are what gets in the way.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#15 posted 03-31-2010 05:41 AM

We have 2 boys ages 5 & 3, so most evenings when I get home from my money-making job, I take the kids off of my wife’s hands, since she had them all day. We get a babysitter one evening a week for 2 hours, and on Saturday mornings for 3 hours – that’s so I can have “shop time”, and my wife can have “girl time”. That’s about all I get – sometimes I’ll do a coat of finish or something quiet after the kids are asleep.

I’d love to have more shop time, but all that babysitting gets expensive!

-- -- Kevin in Mentor, Ohio

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