Workshop Do Over #1: Before

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Blog entry by Ken Fitzpatrick posted 04-30-2011 04:19 AM 6272 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well the procrastination is over. My grandson Tyler is going to woodworking summer camp at the New England School for Architechtual Woodworking to learn shop safety and basic tool use. Now I have no choice but to clean up the shop and get it back on track so we can work on some projects together.

He came over this afternoon after school to help start the cleanup and thinning out. I think we made a lot of progress but before we started I took some before pics so everyone can see where we started. Tyler and my embarassment of a messy shop will keep me going. Will try and update at least once a week until we have what we want. If you see anything that you would like to suggest, please let us know.

Our number one project is to get rid of the junk and organize our wood storage. Wish us luck!

-- • "I have noticed that nothing I have never said ever did me any harm."....... Calvin Coolidge

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#1 posted 04-30-2011 04:41 AM

Good Luck, and don’t disappoint us.;~)

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#2 posted 04-30-2011 06:44 AM

If you really want to teach your grandson a valuable lesson, I have a plan for you (get it… “Lesson Plan”).

Learning the basics is soooo important. Hand tool use is critical! Power tools are quite mesmerizing. You need to remove/eliminate ALL temptation and distractions. To that end, I’m willing to help new/aspiring woodworkers. Send all your power tools to me. This is just my way of “giving back” or “paying it forward”, let’s get your grandson started off on the right foot (or hand in this case). Lol.

This is a great opportunity for both of you! Tyler gets to bond with his grandfather and you get FREE labor to reorganize your shop! Now, that’s a win win situation!

Seriously, congratulations and good luck to both of you. You, for the chance to mentor your your grandson (a rare opportunity these days) and for Tyler’s, yet to be determined, woodworking accomplishments.

Keep us posted your progress and Tyler’s!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#3 posted 04-30-2011 11:31 AM

I am with DIY! This is a wonderful opportunity for BOTH of you! You are going to love working in a place that is neat and uncluttered and this is a great reason to get to organizing your place. I can’t think of better motivation. I will also be looking on and following your progress. Good Luck!


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#4 posted 04-30-2011 08:14 PM

Sounds like a fun project!

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Ken Fitzpatrick

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#5 posted 05-01-2011 10:38 PM

Thanks for all the encouragement. We are really excited. Spent the day in there today and will do an update this evening


-- • "I have noticed that nothing I have never said ever did me any harm."....... Calvin Coolidge

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