Rants of a maple-headed novice #1: Winter Workshop Wishes

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Blog entry by Spudwood posted 12-10-2009 01:41 AM 1081 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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As an apartment dweller there are a few things that just drive me crazy. I am working on a project right now that has taken me a while to complete. I have been building two end tables for our apartment, because as a newly wed we have very little furniture. The problem is that they are 50 miles away at my father in laws garage. This is a real pain in my butt because not only do I have to drive if I want to do anything, but also I get the itch to go out and tinker durring the week and really can’t do anything. I have set up a sharpening area in our spare room, so that can calm me down a little when I need to. You all know though that sharpening is like the armpit of woodworking, you only keep it around because you have to and it stinks. Anyway I have been looking on Craigslist lately and I have noticed some pretty good deals on some tools, but can’t buy them because I have no where to put them. Oh well, I guess my collection of hand tools will just have to continue to do until a later date. Anyway that is good to get off my chest.

-- Potatos don't grow on trees???

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#1 posted 12-10-2009 01:46 AM

SPARE ROOM, what the hell ya witing for. Your only drawback is noise so don’t use the power tools too late in the evening. Check out my winter shop. It’s in our bedroom!

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Scott Bryan

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#2 posted 12-10-2009 02:13 AM

In case you have not seen it here is a link to Dilo’s workshop. It is basically a 42 sq ft closet. I agree with Dan in that it would be a challenge to run power tools in there but it would be a good opportunity to develop your hand skills. This is provided, of course, your wife will let you use this area as a shop. I can guarantee you that if I asked to use one of our spare bedrooms for a winter shop I would get an emphatic, NO. :)

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#3 posted 12-10-2009 05:37 AM

Took me 47 years to get a decent sized & well equipted work shop. And I had no where to work the first 20. YOU ARE AHEAD OF THE CURVE.
[Oh, but those were some fine years!]

-- Rustfever, Central California

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#4 posted 12-10-2009 06:16 PM

I am also a newbie with a similar problem. I was inspired by Dilo’s shop (which Scott already pointed out.) I have decided to go the route of purchasing hand tools but I have also decided that I am only going to buy high quality stuff – which means waiting a long time to get a good collection of tools. BUT, there are a few great things about hand tools: the shavings are extremely easy to clean up after, they are quiet, and they very versatile. I am currently working on my first handtool project and I am surprised how much I can do with a bevel-up plane, 3/8” chisel, and a shooting board…though because of the scale of this project, I wish I would have purchased a 1/4” chisel! I have been doing the work this winter on the kitchen counter. All of the plane and chisel shavings can be cleaned up with just a brush and dustpan with ease. The only problem left is how I am going to put finish on this when I am done? (Does anyone know how bad Shellac stinks?) If nothing else, I will have several projects ready to apply finish on first thing in the spring.

Keep at it and keep telling yourself the same thing I do – “One of these days…”

-- James -

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#5 posted 12-11-2009 03:29 AM

im in the same boat i just have handheld power tools and handtools. at least i have a balcony that i can router or cut on if its not too late or raining. i just keep saying one day, one day

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