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My wife asked me what i wanted for Christmas for my shop. I told her i wanted time and materials. I love my hobby and have all my life. I want to know how the rest of you guys manage your time with your passion of woodworking. Are you regimented to 2 hours a week or do you sneak out there every 5 minutes you can?
I think this is an interesting topic as we can share all the secrets and ideas we want but if we dont spend time in the shop, all our efforts are null and void.
How do you manage your time to get in the shop? How much time do you get in the shop. Okay, PLEASE dont come back with 'whenever my wife lets…'
 

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I am disabled retired so I get to spend as much time or as little time in my shop as I want. My wife still works, and will be working for quite some time, so the shop has become my 'job' and has allowed me to keep my sanity.

I miss it when I can't be there doing what I want.
 

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Me i love my shop and try to get down there everyday but it's hard cuz i work at a acrylic shop and we make furniture,store card- sneaker- broshure holders and displays, boat winshields and everything inbetween so we obviously have to clean up after this is what makes it tough for me cuz i'm so tired when i get home and plus my pockest ain't that deep so getting supplies are another thing. I can go down there anytime i want just as long as my doughter stayes upstairs i get uncomfortable with her there just in case anything happens, i'll never forgive myself. So all in all i try to get in there as much as i can. i would say about three or four days out of the week, weekends i'm in there all day others untill nine or ten.
 

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This is my hobby and I have a busy fulltime job that takes up at least 60 hours per week. Occasionally I am able to get in the shop for a few minutes in the evening but am not able to do anything significant, especially involving power tools (our home is attached to the neighbors' on both sides). So the weekend (when we aren't doing something like visiting family or going to a wedding or yadda yadda) is the only time I can get. I've never figured out exactly how much this amounts to, but I imagine it is only 2-3 hours per week of good shop time. I spend at least triple or quadruple that per week on woodworking in general, but since it's usually late at night or early in the morning it only amounts to reading, perusing websites, or planning.

I can only imagine how little time I will have once we have children…
 

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Like live4ever I have a 50 plus hr per week full time job and never have enougth time in my shop. I try to get down there very night after dinner for an hour or so, usually working on the home improvement "honey do" list. The wife dosn't mind because almost everything I do down there benefits her in some way or another. I have big plans for my own projects but somehow they always get trumped by her. Go figure!
 

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To start with my shop is unheated so it's "seasonal" and tends to see no action from December thru March. Once open, I get out there as our schedule allows. I often ask for "guilt free" time for Father's Day, then do what I want.
 

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I spend as much time as possible, but not enough for my tastes. As well as a bunch of people here, I have a full time job in addition to my hobby/obsession, as well as six children running amok. My wife is compassionate up to a point, but if I build her a nice piece of furniture soon, she may be more understanding. But I am still learning my chops, so hopefully I can get better soon. :)
 

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I am currently looking for work. But I also want to do this and computer repair full time. So I am working on it. Currently I have 3 projects on the list. Working on one and planning the rest. So I guess I get into the shop when I can
 

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Todd, I am retired and my wife works full time. In addition both of my sons are grown and have their own places. My current "job" is to keep my 6 year old grandson after school so I can spend all day in the shop (provided I have addressed my wife's project list, of course).
 

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I have a full time job as a program manager, but I work at home. I am also single so I call the shots on what I do. Frequently during a lunch break I walk down the hall to the shop and get an hour in, and I work a couple of hours in the evening if I dont have yard work or other domestic work to do. I have too many other hobbies so they are what gets in the way.
 

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We have 2 boys ages 5 & 3, so most evenings when I get home from my money-making job, I take the kids off of my wife's hands, since she had them all day. We get a babysitter one evening a week for 2 hours, and on Saturday mornings for 3 hours - that's so I can have "shop time", and my wife can have "girl time". That's about all I get - sometimes I'll do a coat of finish or something quiet after the kids are asleep.

I'd love to have more shop time, but all that babysitting gets expensive!
 

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I work nights with occasional daytime work as well. It's nice because I can spend a whole day out in the garage with the door open (in the summertime). Like Wayne, though, my other hobbies tend to compete for time as much as work and family. My wife actually encourages me and loves it since most of my other hobbies take me away from home.
 

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I make a large part of my living out of the shop. I work 60-70 hours a week with my business and most of it is out of the shop.

I also spend some time out doing bids, designing, and getting out of the shop to do some installation on site is nice.

Sometimes I like to push all of my contracted work aside and just work on something for me. It is a relaxing break.
 

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I'm retired I can spend as much time as I want depending on how my back is feeling. Some days it's only a couple hours and other days it is 10 hours. Since I got my new lathe I have almost been working with it exclusively. My other machinery is getting covered with dust although I do blow it off.

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Like so many others out there I'm unemployed.
I have time to get out to the shop but without the money required to buy supplies, I don't get to finish things very fast.
I have got a lot more done since I've been out of work.
I do a lot a studying and planning in order to stretch the cash.
I probably got in 4 hours a week when I was working and now about 20-30 hours a week.
 
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