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12-25-2011 09:54 PM

And I will tabulate and post tomorrow morning.

How many of you worked in your shops today?
Are you a professional or a hobbiest?
Does your significant other enjoy your shop time or resent it?

Yes I worked in the shop
She would pefer I stay there

-- Haming it up in the 'bash.

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#1 posted 12-25-2011 10:43 PM

Yes (trying to finish presents—I didn’t), hobbiest (screw-up), she said when I came up, “Who are you and what are you doing here?”


-- Steve in KY. 44 years so far with my lovely bride. Think I'll keep her.

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#2 posted 12-25-2011 11:30 PM

Of course I went down to the shop. Had to try out my gifts, funny how they all came with the tag line “will you make me a _??” :)


She enjoys my shop time.

-- Don't outsmart your common sense

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#3 posted 12-26-2011 12:14 AM

Most of the answer is posted here

After 35 years, my wife is ok with it. 30 years ago, not-so-much.

Hobbiest now

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

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#4 posted 12-26-2011 12:18 AM

I live alone, apart from the cat who generally joins me in the shop. I earn a living out of my shop. I intended to work today but drunk more than my share last night and woke up late with a hangover from hell, so I’ll leave it for tomorrow :)

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#5 posted 12-26-2011 03:51 AM

Not today but will be out there bright and early in the morning.

DANG HamS, I just noticed you are from Wabash IN. I was just up there this past April-May for the USS Wabash (AOR-5) 40th Anniversary! All of my shipmates had a blast! We were the toast of the town—- Charlie Creek Inn, American Legion, VFW, The Elks, Chamber of Commerce, etc! And of course I got a new batch of Harley shirts from Brandt’s HD. My last T-shirt was their shop’s 50th anniversary (some 12 years ago). Say Hi to all for me!

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

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#6 posted 12-26-2011 06:04 AM

Hobbyist (but do sell enough stuff to support my habit); yep, played in the shop all day until the girls and grandgirl arrived this PM. My spouse doesn’t seem to resent it as she knows I love my shop and the hours I spend there.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#7 posted 12-26-2011 07:34 AM

I had to work; not in the shop.

I have two jobs. Engineering project manager and I own a jewelry store.

When manufacturers have major equipment or machines to install it’s usually done when they have shutdowns, like for vacations or Thanksgiving or for Christmas. That’s what I’m doing.

For the past few weeks, I’ve been busy in the jewelry store as this is the busiest time of the year, by far.

In this economy I am thankful to have a job and will not complain, but I wish my choice was between time with the family or in the wood shop. I would love to be in either place.

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#8 posted 12-26-2011 08:17 AM

Wood shop is too cold this time of year for finishing products so I applied the last glue spot on one and danish oil on the other in the living room; so a partial in the shop. I’m a total hobbiest and while the wife typically doesn’t seem to appreciate the need to be out there she was supportive the last week on getting them finished in time.

-- --Rev. Russ in NY-- A posse ad esse

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#9 posted 12-26-2011 03:41 PM

Hobbiest all the way! Shut down our “craft show” biz over a year ago. Since doing that I’ve expanded my woodworking fun.
Spent Xmas eve fine-tuning my new 10” bandsaw after installing a 1/8” blade for doing bandsaw boxes. Christmas day was “family time”.
My wife is VERY SUPPORTIVE of my shop/shoptime. So much so that when my lathe went “on the fritz” I asked the question “Repair or replace???” Her reply: Do both!

-- Dan Christensen "We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light." --PLATO

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#10 posted 12-26-2011 10:09 PM

For the first time in 40 years of marriage, my wife and I were alone for Christmas and, yes, I spent time in the shop. I probably would not have if we were having family here or going to see family elsewhere.

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

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#11 posted 12-26-2011 10:41 PM

I’m an early riser (~ 4am) so just about every morning I go out to the shop before anyone else is up. And every morning I discover that the janitor has once again failed to perform his duties. Yesterday was no exception.

-- Visualize whirled peas

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#12 posted 12-27-2011 03:30 AM

If my count is correct, and I have been at the brandy there were 12 posts 8 of us worked in the shop on Christmas day.

Almost all of us (that responded) do this for fun and not to earn our daily bread, and our partner support is near unanimous. This of course is an absolutly unscientific pole, but I think it speaks of our dedication to our hobby.

I also found out in this exercise that, while I probably disagree with Horizontal Mike fairly vigorously on political and religious matters, he and I have a bond of serving our country wearing her uniform and one of the reasons we are willing to do that is to protect peoples’s right to disagree with each other, even when they are d..d fools (;-). His was blue and mine was green, he was on water and I stayed firmly on the land, but we both did our duty. Wabash is a beautiful town and a great place is live and work.

-- Haming it up in the 'bash.

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#13 posted 12-27-2011 04:18 AM

HamS SAID: Wabash is a beautiful town and a great place is live and work.

And it has one heck of a reputation as a HOST for a Veterans’s Party! I have NEVER been in a kinder place, even though I grew up just an hour south of there. We will be back in Wabash in 3-years for an other reunion!

BTW HamS, my time in the service was actually politics-free in that we ALL agreed to support the President and our country. Not sure that is the case anymore… (and note that THAT President was not of MY Party)

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

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#14 posted 12-27-2011 05:31 AM

Yes – about 5 hours (today – see you were curious about Christmas Day – just 20 minutes then)
She knows I am happier after time in the shop – she likes that.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#15 posted 12-27-2011 02:46 PM

By the way, I DID spend most of the day on Monday in the shop. I got to start using my new Super Sled for final sizing cuts on my Barrister’s Bookcase project. The first thing that my Super Sled showed me was just how poorly my 12in MS cuts a 90. Geez… makes me think I could have done better WITHOUT the MS! ;-)

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

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