Small Shop Adventures #12: It's 2018 and I'm back!

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Blog entry by BrockF posted 03-13-2018 12:36 AM 1681 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 11: A Long Pause and a New Year Part 12 of Small Shop Adventures series Part 13: Hand Planing Trim Boards. »

Sorry for the very long time away. I have been very busy. After a lot of discussion my parents began looking for a place close to ours. They lived in the same house for 38 years and I know moving was a hard choice but they are older people and being near family is very important. I helped find them a nice place almost within walking distance of my own house. It was a well cared for rental, but very dated and in need of a lot of work. So began my transformation from a hobbyist woodworker to a full time renovator.

While I had planned to be working on my own place and in particular my little shop, my parents place has taken me on an epic journey of skill building. We gutted the kitchen, reframed and fixed every bedroom closet, built a pantry, gutted and rebuilt the laundry room and only hired contractors for plumbing, installing a new electrical main and polishing the old concrete floor. I had planned to paint too but even with 6 months of wall board repair I realized I needed professionals to give it that special touch. I was glad I did as they did a great job.

At this point I am finally getting to do real woodworking! Let me express to you the sheer joy this gives me after a seemingly endless amount of wallboard and mudding. I have an entire house of trim to do, along with replacing all the interior doors. And I will be finishing all the stock maple cabinets for the kitchen and built in home office. And each closet is getting lined with beautiful prefinished birch plywood. And every window needs to be cased.

In a nutshell, everything that will transform it from a now clean and tidy but empty house to a beautiful home is before me. I have a second small shop in the garage over there, a trim painting station in the living room and my own shop with the big table saw is being used like never before.

I hope you will join me as I meet this challenge. I am having a lot of fun and learning so much as I go.

Let’s make some sawdust!

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