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Blog entry by Gary777 posted 11-24-2011 09:46 AM 1772 reads 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Did you ever wonder what it would be like to NOT be able to walk into your shop and use your tools for an extended period of time?

Well I am here to tell you that it isn’t a bit of fun! It just sucks in fact!

I recently relocated to beautiful Carson City, Nevada. When the opportunity presented itself I leaped since Lake Tahoe is on my top 3 favorite places list and the other two are within 5 hours of driving. But I still have a house to sell in Indiana so I am living in an apartment while trying to find a house to rent with a garage or out building large enough to house my woodworking toys (er I mean tools.)

I knew I would miss my shop but it turns out I really really really miss my shop! It is my place to get away from the world and let my mind wander to another time and place, it’s truly therapeutic.

Once my house in Indiana sells I plan on buying or building a house but central on my mind right now is the sweet shop I have all drawn up and ready for a foundation. I choose post and beam construction of course and I use Visio for all of my drawings.

I have also kept myself busy reading books on Craftsman furniture, furniture design and finishing. And I also find that I am noticing cool furniture as I explore my new home, since I live in the wild west now there are a lot of cool places with some very cool pieces of furniture, you can get all kinds of great ideas by paying attention.

So if you ever find yourself in this same spot don’t fret, use the time to dream and plan your future projects or the ultimate shop, I have a whole list of things I want to do once I get my shop set up again, I hope it happens soon!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone, we all have much to be thankful for!


-- Gary - Carson City, NV - "Every man looks upon his wood pile with a sort of affection." — Henry David Thoreau

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#1 posted 11-24-2011 01:55 PM

Been there done that, just this past summer, although my move was not quite a drastic. From one side of Michigan to the other. I was very fortunate and thankful, the house sold before we listed and found a home with a 24X32’, two story woodworking shop, and heated (perfect). But, for a few months there was no woodworking, but it was all worth it, when it came time to set up the new shop. What difference from working out of the basement. Good luck in your new adventures and enjoy that ultimate shop. Happy Thanksgiving!

-- Doug, Reed City, Michigan

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#2 posted 11-24-2011 02:18 PM

I think it’s good to get away from the convenience of a shop and all its amentities sometimes. Some of my most creative moments come about in a lawn chair on a patio with only tools that would fit in my pocket.

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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#3 posted 11-24-2011 03:37 PM

I feel your pain. I too am looking for a place to house my stuff at the moment. It can be hard to find the right space in the big city.

-- bigfish "I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it." Vincent Van Gogh

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#4 posted 11-24-2011 04:36 PM

In the situation at the present time selling my home in NJ and building in NC, must of my shop was packed up months ago. Every time I want to do something I realize that tool is packed, when I get to the my 3 car garage will have one bay set up as my shop, can’t wait.

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#5 posted 11-24-2011 05:24 PM

I’ve been in your situation and hated every moment of it. Developing ideas didn’t help any as I already have a list so long that at my current rate will never be completed. Good luck with the move.

-- A posse ad esse

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#6 posted 11-24-2011 06:40 PM

Wow, this is a trying time but what lies ahead should be well worth it. I agree I would miss mine, & it would drive me crazy. Guys at work say that I don’t get worked up about all the political unrest and protesting because I burry myself in my shop after work. I had to laugh being when I stopped watching the news and reading the paper as an expirement I found I was much happier! Good luck and welcome to Sunny California.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#7 posted 11-24-2011 06:49 PM

Just think of all the great projects you will have on your to do list. I hope it all comes together soon for you Gary.


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#8 posted 11-24-2011 07:35 PM

I can hope that think work out for you here in the near future, I too would be up the wall if I didn’t have my world / shop. I’m with Ken on this one I leave all that belly aching stuff to the so call know it all’s of the world and go into my shop for my peach of mind. Good luck , thing will work out…BC

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#9 posted 11-24-2011 10:18 PM

Really good things come to those who wait… just hope you don’t have to wait too long…

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#10 posted 11-25-2011 12:43 AM

I know exactly what you are going through as I am in process of recovering from a total knee replacement and right now my knee is not strong enough and I have not gained strength in my leg to work standing for several hours so for now the shop is off limits for me :-( I would dearly love to be able to work in there for a couple hours! Maybe in Dec sometimes? Meanwhile, I’m exercising my knee and walking daily!

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#11 posted 11-25-2011 02:56 AM

It seems that many of us have gone through the same withdrawals of not having a shop. I went through it after my home was flooded and underwater for 3 weeks back in 2005.
It took nearly 3 years to get a new shop and a collection of tools again…but the good side is that I am still paying catch-up and loving every moment of it.

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#12 posted 08-01-2012 04:25 AM

Update – I have my shop back! You can’t imagine how happy I am, I missed it terribly! A Grandfather clock is on the menu and then Christmas gifts and then my Craftsman Living room suite!

-- Gary - Carson City, NV - "Every man looks upon his wood pile with a sort of affection." — Henry David Thoreau

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#13 posted 08-01-2012 05:20 AM

Glad you are working again in your shop. I know this is old, but even in an apartment you can use a scrollsaw or do hand-cut dovetails. Many other things you could do too.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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