Year One and Going Forward...

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Blog entry by CreekWoodworker posted 05-15-2010 04:11 PM 1627 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hard to believe it’s been a year since I joined LJs and taken up the hobby of woodworking. I spent most of the year learning new techniques, rearranging my workshop, and purchasing new tools. My wife laughs at me every time I rearrange the shop, but I think I am settling down on a layout. At least my changes are getting fewer and further between. My original plan was to take up one corner of my basement… a year later …I now have taken over about 75% of my basement.

A year ago I was thinking of relying mostly on hand tools… I’ve modified my thinking a little. I still love working with hand tools but I have added a new bandsaw, dust collection, planer, and thinking of adding a spindle sander and maybe a jointer (I still edge joint with a hand plane). I’ve also added various hand tools to my arsenal and with help from my sons built a lumber rack.

My shinny conference room table a.k.a workbench from a year ago isn’t so shinny anymore.

I found I really like making bandsaw boxes. I also like making tables. I continue to work on my hand cut dovetails but they remain a real challenge for me. I can make them functional but not as pretty as I would like. LJs has really help me to make the decisions that has made the “learning experiences” more enjoyable. It’s been a really fun year! Thank you all!


-- Mike ...Success is often the result of taking a misstep in the right direction

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#1 posted 05-15-2010 04:25 PM

nice shop,but you know what they say. A clean shop is the sign of a truley sick mind.

-- schloemoe, Oregon , http://www.

View Eric's profile


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#2 posted 05-15-2010 04:33 PM

Hey Mike I think we are in the same boat on this matter so far. I to, am also setting up my shop in my home that my wife and I recently bought about several months ago. Funny how you have so many ideas in the beginning that you want to start on, but life and other pressing matters seem to make their way in between. Fortunately I have made progress with a mobile shop cart that i built for my Dewalt surfacing planer which I really enjoy. I guess my next step would be to make a work bench so I dont have to shuffle my saw horses around any more. Anyways I think your basement shop is looking good; one that I envy anyway. So keep at it and I’ll see if I can get my shop cart posted on LJ’s soon.

-- Eric

View CreekWoodworker's profile


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#3 posted 05-15-2010 04:35 PM

You’re probably right schloemoe… but track too much saw dust up stairs can cause more problems than running the dust collection system. They also say …when mama’s happy everyone’s happy. ;-)

-- Mike ...Success is often the result of taking a misstep in the right direction

View CreekWoodworker's profile


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#4 posted 05-15-2010 04:47 PM

Eric, you are so right. I started out the same as you, a couple saw horses, a bench made out of a door, and a drill press. Something just seemed to click (or snap depending on how you look at it) after my son and wife bought me a bench top bandsaw. That’s when I really got excited about woodworking. I never seem to have the time to tackle all the projects I have in mind. Just keep at it, you will be amazed how over the years adding a little at a time adds up in the long run. I look forward to seeing your shop pictures. I’ll try to update my workshop pictures sometime this weekend.

-- Mike ...Success is often the result of taking a misstep in the right direction

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#5 posted 05-15-2010 05:00 PM

Wow Mike your shop looks great, congrats on your 1 year anniversary


View Eagle1's profile


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#6 posted 05-15-2010 05:31 PM

Congrats on the 1 year mark my friend.. Nice looking shop there, but its to clean. LOL

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#7 posted 05-15-2010 08:49 PM

Happy 1st Anniversary Mike. Your shop looks incredibly nice. I don’t think you will ever stop changing it. As your skills increase and you take on new challenges, you will find that your shop has to change to keep up with you. Besides, change keeps you from getting bored.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#8 posted 05-15-2010 09:11 PM

congrat´s with the first year Mike
rearange shop is one job you will never finished, but the good news about it
is that you will discover your from time to time lost tools again and the bad news is
you will find out you now have multiplid some of your tools…


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