My Woodworking Journey #2: Building a Second Workshop on My Balcony

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Blog entry by Gerald Etto posted 12-17-2020 11:20 PM 576 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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When COVID hit, I knew things had to change. I used to run my own IT company for a good 8 years. When the business went down the drain, I had scaled everything down and let everyone go. Working by myself in a large area, I started woodturning and eventually woodworking, collecting stuff every month.

Soon, my “IT office” on the third floor had a makeshift workshop with a lathe, table saw, drill press, a workbench, belt sander, and a whole lot of other tools. I kept paying the rent as I still had some income from my collapsed IT business.

But with COVID, I finally decided to give up the office space and start working from home during the lockdowns. I found a much cheaper space in an industrial area, but it was a good 30 miles away. I moved everything there, but soon realized I could only pursue my woodworking passion once a week.

This made it difficult to get anything done. A side table may take three weeks, as I need time for glue-ups and finishes to cure.

I decided to use whatever space I had at my apartment and build a second workshop. This will be a hand-tools only shop for fine-tuning and finishing my work. It will also be much more comfortable to work from home learning finer woodworking skills like joinery and veneering.

To make this workbench took me almost 2 months because as I said, I can only do woodworking once a week. But now that it’s ready, I am really excited.

There are many things I wanted to learn but have been putting off because that one day I get is usually such a rush. But now, I have time and enough space to learn how to dovetail, fettling my hand planes, and making small projects. I love to start working early morning so I am done by 9 and can start my actual job, from home.

Who knows what else I might be able to create from this tiny workshop. The table is actually wide enough to fit my mini wood lathe or my scroll saw, but I’m afraid I can’t control the dust easily outdoors.

Now that I am able to save more money, I’ll plan to buy a larger house in the next 5 years and finally bring my passion home in a nice backyard workshop.

-- Weekend Woodworker @

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#1 posted 12-18-2020 11:03 PM

What a lovely story.
What a lovely workbench.
What a lovely vue.
Good luck.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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