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Forum topic by EandS posted 10-17-2011 10:58 PM 1435 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-17-2011 10:58 PM

Today I started packing…
No not my personal belongings (Those are already packed), but possesions MUCH more cherrished.
My shop.
My wife and I have aquired a wonderful new home. Not an appartment anymore, we have grown up and gotten a house. A beautiful 3 bedroom old home which has been remodeled. It features a very large outbuilding which is finely finished to match the home. It seems to good to be true even to us.
The story here is that While starting to pack my shop an intense wave of sadness hit me.
I started out when I was 16. I sold my XBox and bought a miter saw. I set it up in my parents basemant on a massive old Maple desk (which is now my bench equiped with a vise) and I went to town.I crammed every machine I could down there building up to preasent day where I have a fully outfitted shop of high quality machines. I am since then 20 years old, married now and doing this professionaly every day for a full time job.
I have a very close relationship with my parents as does my wife with them so they are gracious enough to allow me to continue to do business out of the basement.
Its awkward, dark, out of control dusty even with collection, tight, stops me from being able to cut large plywood, even hinders me from making cabinets taller then 8’ tall which I occasionaly do…never mind having to work around a washer and dryer, lolycolumn and stairs.
One might think this move to an actualy SHOP, at my own home for that matter would be a welcome one. Well of course it is. I have a million upgrades that will be done. Every daily task of furniture making will become easyer and most likely increase quality and defenitly productivity however…this is a sad day.
I finished the last piece I wil make there friday ( I will post that after this.) and As I went down today to start organizing and packing it hit me…I just stood there in awe of how far I had come and how far the space had come. I made my first box in this space, my first table, butchered my first mortise and tenon…hell I made my first CUT outside of the carpentry job I had in this space.
Our shops are a very personal part of us, they are a part of our lives and the biggest, our work.
I am overwhelmed with emotion today packing things in here.
I thought I would vent to my fellow lumber jocks on here who might have even been through this before about what a rollercoaster it can be.
How knew a shop could make a grown man have to clear his throat!

P.S Every time I picture the new spot that the drum sander will go it gets a LITTLE easyer to deal with…but not much ;)

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#1 posted 10-17-2011 11:03 PM

sweet! congratulations. can’t wait to have to deal with this myself (and it’ll be hard as hell, but worth it)

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#2 posted 10-17-2011 11:33 PM

If it makes you feel any better, stay there in the basement and I’ll move into your new shop. :-)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#3 posted 10-17-2011 11:43 PM

We never know how we feel about family and our circumstances until they change. Enjoy your memories and your new home and shop.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#4 posted 10-18-2011 12:28 AM

All part of growing up – which we never cease to do. Being and old daddy, I would be seeing the other side. My child leaving the last thing that drew him back to the house so often. “You can never go home again” is true. It will never be the same again. But the memories will. And they are yours forever…

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#5 posted 10-18-2011 12:48 AM


Look at it this way – you’ve been working in that shop for 4 years – give or take a bit. In 4 more years, you’ll look back on the memories of the place and wonder how you got that much further down the road. And may the road be smooth . . .


I don’t know you personally but I’m always amazed that you’re willing to take one for the team!!


-- Even if to be nothing more than a bad example, everything serves a purpose. cippotus

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#6 posted 10-18-2011 01:01 AM

EandS I can remember these same feeling when I left my basement shop / start up shop some 25 years ago, wow how time slip by. Today some sad feeling but in years time some great laughs will be had that I can be sure of’ enjoy the new chapter in your woodworking journey take of the family and as always be safe…Blkcherry

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#7 posted 10-18-2011 01:16 AM

make sure you take a pic of that “old” shop and hang it up in the new one. Congrats on the new place as well.

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#8 posted 10-18-2011 02:29 AM

Don’t look back. Look forward to new and exciting experiences.

-- Life is good.

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#9 posted 10-18-2011 02:45 AM

Great Blog Evan, you made Debbie and I a little misty eyed reading it… Ah, Nostalgia…
Congratulations on your New Home!! May it be filled with Peace and Blessedness!!

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#10 posted 10-18-2011 03:28 PM

Upward and onward. And as Satchel Paige said, “Don’t look back. Something might be gaining on you.”

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#11 posted 10-18-2011 03:44 PM

been there
done that

to many times to remember
from chairs for sawhorses in the yard
to a monster three story shop
by the docks in san francisco

in the case of a shop BIGGER IS BETTER

welcome home !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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Lee Barker

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#12 posted 10-18-2011 04:07 PM

Articulately and touchingly written, EandS.

We do get attached to the shelters of our lives. (Freud named it: the Edifice Complex.) As for your title, I question that. If you weren’t sad, there would be no passion in this whole experience from first chop saw on a desk up to now. Sadness is telling you something rich and meaningful.

I celebrate with you the history, the nurture, the challenges and the rewards that your first shop brought you. I second christef’s picture idea.

Now, it’s a Brand New Day.



-- " his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"

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