Our Shop #8: The Summer Shop vs the Winter Shop

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Blog entry by MsDebbieP posted 06-19-2007 08:54 PM 1381 reads 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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What a great idea to build a shop outside, to hold tools during the summer months—no more lugging wood up and down the basement stairs; being able to go outside and work with the wind as a source of dust collection; being able to enjoy the natural light—and most of all saving on hydro (no need to run all of those lights.)

Yes indeed; a great plan.

And so today, with my daughter’s birthday coming up I am working on a new project (I’ll write about this in another blog). Fortunately we are also building the storage shed outside and thus the mitre saw (my main cutting equipment) has been lugged upstairs and is now in our “Summer Shed” (almost)—it’s currently just sitting on our deck underneath a tarp.

Oh joy, oh joy, I get to work outside. How very exciting. But first, I need to run the wood through the planer and that is still in the basement. And here is where things change: upon finishing the wood preparation downstairs, I started climbing the steps only to be gradually met with hot humid air that had me wanting to go back down into the dark dungeon where it was so beautifully cool!

Upstairs – hot. Outside. Really hot—and humid. Downstairs – cool and refreshing!

Hmm and now it’s raining. So here I sit, with the saw outside covered up and unusable. My wood waiting. And me, well, I’m sitting here in this stuffed up, humid, hot room (had to close the windows because of the high winds/rain), wishing…..

I should be in the Winter Shop. What am I thinking?? !!!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#1 posted 06-19-2007 09:37 PM

Perhaps you should not classify them by season…. And what is rain? I understand hot.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#2 posted 06-19-2007 09:40 PM

Rain: the wet stuff that came flooding in the windows before I shut them.
Rain: the wet stuff that my flowers were gasping for, but since the solar blanket of the pool was blown off and is now sitting on my plants, they are STILL gasping for water.

Seasonal Shop—yes, I’m definitely going to have to rethink that label!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#3 posted 06-20-2007 02:11 AM

I have a 12×26 ft shop but it just barely holds all my tools so in the summer i mainly build everything outside under a large maple tree.
In the winter i turn my house into a work shop. Spaghetti and sawdust doesn,t taste too bad.

-- John in Belgrave (Website) ,

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dennis mitchell

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#4 posted 06-20-2007 03:44 AM

I saw a shop down in California that was out in the woods and all the outside walls folded down to open the building up. Just like working outside.

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#5 posted 06-20-2007 04:25 AM

Seasonal shops! Nice.

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#6 posted 06-20-2007 05:23 AM

Today it was 98 outside and 78 inside the shop. But I still was sweating. The humidity was terrible, but the dog liked laying on the cement floor. If I was going to work in there longer I’d have turned on the Air and dropped the humidity.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#7 posted 06-20-2007 05:40 AM

It’s been running 92 degrees in my shop with a heat index of 105, lately and that is with an 18’ and 10’ door opened and a southeast wind blowing about 10 mph. I can wait for August ( heat index around 115, but can’t wait for October (temps in the 60’s return). I guess you can say that we all have seasonal shops. LOL.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#8 posted 06-20-2007 11:37 AM

Dennis .. that sounds like a great idea!!! We could just put “shutter walls” on the frame!! Oh wait, it’s a storage shed first. They may not like “accessibility” by varmints.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#9 posted 06-20-2007 04:21 PM

ah the joys of living in Canada!!

Yesterday we endured temperatures of 30 C (with humidity it was probably more like 35) which is about 86F/95F

and today, following our rain storm, I’m sitting in 20C ( 68F).
That’s one heck of a temperature change!!

I don’t know where I should work—Summer Shop or Winter Shop!!!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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Bob Babcock

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#10 posted 06-20-2007 04:49 PM

Wait until that beautiful day with a cool breeze. The outside shop becomes a joy to work in (or should I say work out?) I even work outside in winter if we don’t have snow.

-- Bob

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#11 posted 06-20-2007 06:08 PM

I used to frame houses all year round for 20 years so i don,t mind working outside in the winter.
As long as it is not below – 20

-- John in Belgrave (Website) ,

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#12 posted 06-20-2007 06:25 PM


-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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