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Forum topic by lizardhead posted 916 days ago 1152 views 0 times favorited 23 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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lizardhead

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916 days ago

How many Hrs do you spend in the shop. I started woodworking 2 years ago this month. I have built 207 projects jigs included. I have been on a cramming session to get as much experience in woodworking in as short of time as possible. You see I had planned on retiring from work this year. I wanted to still have income & I planned on getting it from woodworking (selling projects at a high end outdoor market place here in Phoenix) I usually spend about 30-35 hrs a week in my shop and that’s after a 40 hr workweek.. How many hrs do you spend in your shop.

-- Lizardhead---Yeah but it's a dry heat--Tempe, Az


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agallant

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#1 posted 916 days ago

It depends. I work about 50 hours a week. Sometimes after work I will go in to the shop for 2-3 hours and just puts around (orginize the same thing for the 100th time, clean, ect). If I have a project to work on I try to limit my self to 4-6 hours a session. If I go over that I start making mistakes. So to answer your question some weeks I don’t even go in to the shop and other weeks I go in there for a few hours after work and other weeks when I have a project to work on I will spend 8-12 hours or so in the shop.

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Sam Shakouri

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#2 posted 916 days ago

I estimate it %30 of my life.

-- Sam Shakouri / CREATING WONDERS WITH WOOD.....Sydney,Australia....

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Loren

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#3 posted 916 days ago

Not much except when fabricating jobs for clients. That varies
a lot.

If you want to make money at this game, invest your time in your design
and draw skills… or marketing your non-custom product.

-- http://lawoodworking.com

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Broglea

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#4 posted 916 days ago

Great advice Loren

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derosa

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#5 posted 916 days ago

10-12 hrs on a good week, 15-16 on a great week and 7-9 on average.

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

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Jim Finn

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#6 posted 916 days ago

I work about 35 hours a week in my shop. That is more hours than I worked the last years of my construction days. Life IS good !

-- In God We Trust

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Les

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#7 posted 908 days ago

30 to 40 hours, but I am retired so that doesn’t seem like to much.

-- Stay busy....Stay young

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Gene Howe

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#8 posted 908 days ago

Maybe 30 hrs a week. Like Les, in retirement, that’s not much.

Lizardhead, if you must man your booth, believe me, your shop hours will become less. That, or sleep will be less.

BTW where is this outdoor marketplace? We get down to the valley every so often. I’d like to take it in.

-- 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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Cousinwill

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#9 posted 908 days ago

Average of 15 hours a week that is after my fulltime job of 40+ hours a week

-- William from the oldest town in Texas

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bugz

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#10 posted 908 days ago

Around 8 to 10 hours a day 5 or 6 days a week in the winter. I run a paving crew in the summer. In the winter I play catch up on honey do’s. wook on projects and such. That and snow removal, not much this year, but it is snowing in Montana today.

-- Bob, Lewistown, Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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sras

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#11 posted 908 days ago

A good week is about 20-25 hours. The other extreme is zero…

It is a weekend and evening activity for me.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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tom427cid

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#12 posted 908 days ago

If I had a bed out there sometimes I would sleep there! Ya,I know get a life! That is my life.If it’s not a customer project,it is a one for the house(sometimes) or one for the shop(more likely).Once in a while I get away for a day or so but then have the need to get back to work.It’s like a drug for me and I gotta have my fix!
tom

-- "certified sawdust maker"

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Jim Jakosh

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#13 posted 871 days ago

I’m in the shop about 50 hrs a week when I’m home. I have a back log of project that could keep me there 80% of the time. I love it. It is relaxing and better that watching the boob tube and learning nothing from the short programs and long commercials!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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poopiekat

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#14 posted 871 days ago

I have a hard time believing you’ve only been at it for two years, with the high level of skill and craftsmanship in your projects!

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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helluvawreck

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#15 posted 871 days ago

I’m 61 years old and unfortunately still have to work around 48 hours per week Mon thru Fri. I’m mostly too tired to work in my shop when I get home but while I’m unwinding I’m certainly thinking about it after work for a couple of hours. In the fall, spring, and summer I sit in my shop very much like I would in my den. I don’t watch much TV. My woodworking is done mainly on the weekends. So I spend about 16 hours a week working in my shop unless I’m lucky enough to have a long weekend. I would love to be able to retire and do it full time but I don’t expect that will ever happen. Maybe I can cut my work down some day to where I could have at least Fri thru Sun off. However, I’m not looking for something like that to happen anytime soon.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com/

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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