Workshop Ramblings #4: Too Many Hobbies!

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Blog entry by brianinpa posted 04-11-2009 02:29 AM 1802 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 3: Time Well Spent in the "Toy Box" Part 4 of Workshop Ramblings series Part 5: Life Happens and Emotions Get In the Way »

Finally Spring has sprung! The air is getting warm and the shop isn’t too dang cold to work in any more, but what is keeping me out of the shop? Hobbies!

I have been working my tail off at a local park cleaning up after the long winter and years of growth. Add to that that Trout season is now open, and my wife wants me to clean the yard to get ready for my son’s graduation party, and finally I have to get the boat ready for warmer water and Bass season. When am I ever going to get into the shop to finish all the on-going projects?

I guess it is time to re-think what matters most.

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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#1 posted 04-11-2009 04:23 AM

Maybe you need to get a house boat. You could put a workshop in it and kill two birds with one stone :^)

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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Joe Watson

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#2 posted 04-11-2009 04:56 PM

i have several hobbies as well so i know how you feel. I am into photography messing with computers playing with electronics building rc airplanes and flying them as well as the obvious woodworking. It does get hard to do them without it getting in the way of life.

-- Got Wood?

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John Stegall

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#3 posted 04-11-2009 08:43 PM

After this post caught my eye, I looked over your series about vintage tools. There I saw my Craftsman planer. I bought mine from a guy who had fixed it up and used it to make picture frames for the photographs that he took. He had decided to do something else and I picked it up along with a desk that we really needed for $75. He had welded up a very nice stand to go under it. One thing that I did not notice was that one of the blades had a notch out of it and while trying to grind the notch out, I managed to snap the blade in half.
While attending an estate sale, I picked up a set of blades for a buck fifty that were just sharpened. Now I may have to adopt your paint scheme as I really like how yours looks. I am also toying with the idea of making it into a small drum sander since I now have a DeWalt planer.

-- jstegall

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#4 posted 04-11-2009 10:42 PM

My friend you can only make the d ecisions about your free time that’s when your able otherwise I am afraid you just have to duck and dive like the rest of us do.Sorry I could not offer a more palatable form of advice really sorryLOLenjoy what you have my friend.God Bless Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#5 posted 04-12-2009 01:56 AM

This morning it was raining, so I combined two of my hobbies. I made a built in tackle box holder for the boat. In the afternoon the sun was out, so I had to go throw a line in the water.

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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