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Forum topic by richgreer posted 10-21-2011 09:42 PM 1920 views 0 times favorited 50 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-21-2011 09:42 PM

For some, woodworking has to be a seasonal thing because you don’t have heat and/or air conditioning and you live in a climate that requires one or both for certain times of the year. For some, woodworking has to be a year round practice because you are trying to make a living at it. This is addressed to hobbyist who have the option of working year round.

I am in that category. My shop is heated and air conditioned and I can, if I choose, work year round. Essentially, I do. However, I find that my natural interest in woodworking and my hours spent in the shop taper off in the summer. It’s fall now and my hours in the shop are up significantly. For some reason, I just enjoy my hobby more in the fall and winter months.

For me, part of the issue is baseball. I watch almost every Tigers game and I estimate that baseball consumes, in one way or another, 20% of my waking hours. Tiger baseball is over for this season and I suddenly have more time for other things, such as woodworking.

How about you? Is woodworking seasonal for you despite the fact that you have the option of working year round?

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#1 posted 10-21-2011 09:46 PM

I tend to taper off in the summer because my garage/shop is not air conditioned, and it gets really hot in New Orleans. However, in the fall, football tends to keep me out of the shop sometimes too.

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

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#2 posted 10-21-2011 09:50 PM

I wouldnt know what to do if I had to quit for the cold south dakota winters. So I spend alot of $ on heating my garage as a hobbyist.

-- Building quality in a throw away world.

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#3 posted 10-21-2011 09:57 PM

i have a ac for the summer, and a wood stove for the winter, but with me, its my back problems that keep me out, i love wood working to the point that i think of it every day…of coarse i have other interests and i read alot, but if i can i like to get a couple of hours in a day if i can, but that does not always happen…but if i could i would do it all the time…....if things had been different, i wanted to make my living from it, but life is life, and we dont always get what we want….....but im thankful for everything i do have, and i have a dream shop….its always there for me when i do want it…..grizz

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#4 posted 10-21-2011 10:18 PM

I work in the garage. No heat or AC, I live in KC, so for those of you who dont know, it gets HOT and COLD, here. As high as 105 and as cold as -5, this year. While ww is not seasonal for me, there are those days where its just too hot or too cold. I am sure many other areas have the big swings as well. They make it tough.

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#5 posted 10-21-2011 10:35 PM

I am project oriented and work whenever I have an interesting idea or need to complete something. I’ll work in the kitchen if garage or outdoor gets uncomfortable. Not seasonal here.

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#6 posted 10-21-2011 10:45 PM

My garage shop is uninsulated, and I live in a climate where it gets pretty cold in the winter. In the early years I’d try to heat the shop and continue working, but it wasn’t much fun and was much more difficult, so I’ve learned to taper things off as the weather gets colder.

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#7 posted 10-21-2011 10:48 PM

I am retired so I do woodworking as a hobby year round. I make thigs to sell at local fairs , year round ,but well over 1/2 of my sales are in Oct, Nov, Dec. so I am very busy during those months. I on average put in 40 hours a week in my workshop …playing. Life is good.

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#8 posted 10-21-2011 10:52 PM

year round if I can get my wood stove hooked up. It will slow during deer season, but not stop (can’t deer hunt at night – well not legally anyhow). And even with the wood stove, anytime I happen to have short times around work, if its not worth lighting the stove, I’ll be doing something else. But I also have a propane space heater I use once in a while. So basically it depends on the weather, my mood, and having a heating source.

Heat during the summer doesn’t affect me to much.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#9 posted 10-21-2011 10:55 PM

I can usually find time to get in the garage and build things all year round. Some seasons I can devote more time than others, but that’s due to graduate school more than climate variations. I will say this, however, I try not to do anything on the lathe during the hot and humid summers because the dust sticks to my skin and makes me feel icky.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#10 posted 10-21-2011 10:59 PM

After nearly 90 +100F days this summer, yeah I took the summer off.

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#11 posted 10-21-2011 11:03 PM

In the middle of summer and the middle of winter, the hours drop slightly.
That’s when all the other chores and hobbies get done.
Thanks Rich. Good topic.

-- Eric, central Florida / Utor praemia operibus duris

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#12 posted 10-21-2011 11:08 PM

Amen Mike !!! Summers just to Hot !! We only had 63 over 100 degrees Days this year

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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#13 posted 10-21-2011 11:12 PM

Not intentionally but for the most part it is. I just have so many other things that have to be done in warm weather I seem to do most of my woodworking between October and April.

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#14 posted 10-21-2011 11:55 PM

Southwest Florida, I’ve been trying to spend at least an hour in the garage a day. No AC, this time of year is bliss.

I have too many projects in queue, and want to get the garage/shop they way I want it and get started on some projects for the interior of the house.

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#15 posted 10-22-2011 12:18 AM

I am in coastal Texas, just inland of Galveston Island, so hot and humid are the rule of the day! While my shop is heated, and air conditioned, it is only partially insulated, and lacks sufficient power, so running the A/C while doing anything at all with power tools is out of the question, so summers tend to be a lost cause for now. I do get out there and do small stuff, turning in particular is okay as my lathe is a small amp draw. But for the most part, it slows WAY down in the summer…

I anticipate once the sub panel / insulation and re-rocking project is complete, I should have 24/7/365 woodworking capacity if I want it. Unfortunately, or forunately LOML and I are busting our humps trying to get out of debt except for the mortgage, and are on schedule for June / July next year. We are planning on completing the shop projects by October next year, and turning our attention to flooring and cabinetry…

Come October 31, and through December 31, very little woodworking gets done for me IF I have access to a deer lease… I have to get out again this year and whack a Bambi.

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