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07-29-2011 01:34 AM

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Now, I’ve been busy working quite a bit on a variety of projects in and outside my shop. All is done and has slowed down for me. I’m back in the shop with workshop blues. What do you do when you have no projects due and you have nothing to build for yourself? My workshop is clean and tidy and I’m stumped. What do you do when you have the workshop blues?

-- M.K.

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#1 posted 07-29-2011 01:44 AM

Change gears for a while, Mark. Maybe go for a long drive in the country to clear your head, or to the zoo or something. Sometimes we find inspiration from the most unlikely places. I think backing off and having a change of scenery does wonders. :)


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

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#2 posted 07-29-2011 01:46 AM

You might poll your church, family, friends, neighbors, or work cohorts to see if anyone needs anything…

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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#3 posted 07-29-2011 01:54 AM

Mark, when this happens to me I usually build jigs that I have seen or found on the woodworking sites and think could be handy – or clean and do maintenance that I’ve been putting off. As soon as you get into something a build will come along :)

-- Wood Chuck (Bruce)

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#4 posted 07-29-2011 02:03 AM

I agree with Sheila, a road trip is the ticket….. as long as you wind up in my shop. I have a lot of things you can help with. lol

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#5 posted 07-29-2011 02:06 AM

lol….okay okay…a couple ideas…BUT…i dont drive haha

and im just eager to get working again….im going through withdraws!!!

-- M.K.

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#6 posted 07-29-2011 02:09 AM

make a box. all of my golf buddies have a nice cedar box to store their golf shoes.

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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#7 posted 07-29-2011 02:18 AM

not a bad idea…normally when i have nothing going, i usually practice doing things more with handtools. On the side of that I also practice finishings. But like I said its just one of those days where I wanna get a nice project going >:/

-- M.K.

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#8 posted 07-29-2011 02:19 AM

But I am due for a vacation…just can’t afford one right now. Havent been on vaca in over 5 years

-- M.K.

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#9 posted 07-29-2011 02:27 AM

Come on now Mark, I was in your situation myself about 2 years ago and i had a lot things that ran through my head. And like a lot of Lumberjock’s out there the wheels never stop turning, I ended up building a roll top desk out of
white oak and Walnut. I ended up with a white pickling (or whitewash) on the bottom that was oak and natural finished the walnut on top. When it was a day from completion i had a friend of a friend buy it for $2300.00 and it is now
in the New Orleans area. So what I’m saying is everyone has something set in the back of their mind that they have been not really avoiding, but have never had the time to fool with. To be honest with yall, i was avoiding it because of the tambour. But with a little help from LJU (Lumberjock University), everything came together.

-- When the problem becomes just too much, There is always the directions!! Karl O. of Louisiana

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#10 posted 07-29-2011 02:31 AM

so you dont need to build any furniture for your house…beds dressers night stand.china hutches…if so and you dont need anything…then think of a friend or family member to make a gift for…with all the projects here on the site…you can get inspired with something…build a bird lodge……....good luck with getting going…i just know you will come up with something…, and whats this with you dont drive…does that come from the surgery you had…....or were ya just pulling our legs….grizz

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#11 posted 07-29-2011 02:59 AM

Are there any jigs or shop furniture you could make? I have a huge ever growing list of those for mine.

-- - Eric Noblesville, IN

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#12 posted 07-29-2011 03:01 AM

hey mark…you need a thinking stool….....yea…there ya go…thats a project for ya..

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#13 posted 07-29-2011 03:03 AM

Hey Mark,

At least you CAN get to your shop if you want to work on a project. I haven’t got to be in my shop in months because of a total hip replacement. Talk about ready to go out of my mind, so my shop time has been nil, naught, zero, and any other bad words I can think of…lol. I have a couple of customers just waiting for the day I can. They call every now and then and ask about me,and how I’m doing, but are in no hurry. That’s a good thing, cause I can’t get in any hurry…..:). Hopefully in another month or two I’ll be back at. In the meantime…I just have to be patient and heal…...

-- " There's a better way.....find it"...... Thomas Edison.

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#14 posted 07-29-2011 03:20 AM

Drink a beer and wait for inspiration…

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#15 posted 07-29-2011 03:40 AM

Good time to work on Christmas presents!

-- jay,

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