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post #21 of 32 Old 02-10-2013, 05:02 PM
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I compare it to the same thing as writer's block. It must be contagious. I've got 3 commissions sitting on the bench and I can't seem to get motivated to start them. I like the idea of breaking out the sharpening stones....that's always kinda theraputic.
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Oh yeah, happens from time to time. What frustrates me the most is lack of time to spend in the shop. The cold weather also cuts into my woodworking. After a Christmas present run I haven't really done any projects. Instead I'm cleaning, organizing and upgrading the shop a bit. Just finished installing two more 20 amp circuits, one 120v and one 240v. Now I've got outlets in the front of the garage and ceiling. Looking forward to getting back to some projects.
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All right, didn't make any real saw dust today, but got the shop in a decent order, installed a new light fixture and a mermaid. I also bought the stuff to install a new electric circuit and four additional outlets in the shop. Tomorrow will be either electrical work or starting to get some QSWO ready for my coffee table. I love when the area is clean, uncluttered and roomy feeling. I turned my work bench to make more space in the middle of the shop.







This is my pile of QSWO and some thick cherry I bought.



This is all the space I could gain for the wood shop if I finally give up on the goal of using my home gym and tear down the wall between them. It would double my shop size.


And yes I have a problem with buying/acquiring hand planes.
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I'm sorry Paul, but where is the gym? LOL, I'm just kidding ya! I think I can see it.

I'd be all over that space...Man I'm jealous of your collection..very nice.
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Yeah I know, the gym has not been touched in over a year by me or my brother. It should go, but it is like giving up on my youth. At 42 my butt should be in that gym, trying to stay in some sort of shape. We do have a local Planet Fitness that only charges $10 a month with no contract so I could go there or not. Taking that space is definitely something I am thinking hard about. We will see when I start building bigger projects like furniture. I am sure that is when I will finally take the space for the shop.
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Man! My shop hasnt been that clean in years. I'd hate any of y'all to see my shop. I've got to get to work on it. I too am jealous of your plane collection. They look awesome dude!
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Trick photography on the planes. Some are in decent shape, many are waiting for restoration. I see them at flea markets for $2-10 and I can't say no. I was shocked today when I pulled them all out and I saw how many I have at this point. Definitely not as many as some, but for someone who does not use them that often, a lot and growing. I just think the metal ones look cool and sure they are handy when I need one. I can't imagine not using power tools to plane a rough board. Someday, maybe.
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Looks like you recovered quite nicely from your slump bud! The shop looks great, and I bet nobody else has a mermaid! Cleaning up the shop and getting a new project going, even if it's just a small one always seems to snap me out of it too...it's just getting to that point!

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Around here I have the opposite problem as far as the winter months go. Its the only time I really enjoy the craft due to the weather being too hot and humid for the rest of the year. However this year just as I was getting started on making presents for the family I had an accident that nearly cost me my thumb. It happened in late October and still isn't completely healed. I have maybe 14 board feet of nice curly maple just sitting in the shed along with maybe 16 BF of walnut and maybe 3 usable feet of sapelle (the rest is warped and twisted too badly to be used for much). I go out and look at it every now and then, but somehow can not get up the desire to actually do anything.

Nothing personal guys but, some days its even a chore to read more than two or three posts here at the forum. Talk about being in a slump! Its bad when you can't even find the energy to post with other woodworkers...
I went through the same thing. I was in a hurry and didn't use a push stick and was wearing leather gloves. The blade caught the tip of the thumb on the glove and !!! I didn't go back into the shop for months and beat myself up that whole time for being so stupid. 34 years in construction, all kinds of safety certifications and I did something that I would never have done at work. I went into a funk and just didn't have any desire to do anything with woodworking.

But maybe instead of woodworking you might want to take this time to make your shop more inviting. It seems most of us work in basements or garages and unless we fix them up really nice, it can be depressing spending too much time there.

I used have concrete foundation walls and standard fluorescents. One day I remembered what I've heard at work so many times, "You gotta make your own conditions." So I removed all the tools, work benches, dust collection piping, etc and started nailing 2x2 to the walls. I installed rigid foam insulation between them and nailed a light colored wood paneling over that. No drywall needed. Then I changed the lamps in the fixtures to 6500K lamps, which brightened up the shop and cast a more sunlight-type of light in the room. When I set everything back up again, I made some of the improvements I had wished had I done the first time around. The shop was warmer, brighter and more inviting.

And I also bought myself a nice boom box with an MP3 player and remote control. I can get over 150 songs on a disk and listen to my favorite tunes all day or just listen to the radio. It's loud enough to drown out even the planer and DC and the music definitely helps with the solitude issue.

You gotta make your own conditions.
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All right, didn't make any real saw dust today, but got the shop in a decent order, installed a new light fixture and a mermaid. I also bought the stuff to install a new electric circuit and four additional outlets in the shop. Tomorrow will be either electrical work...
Hi Paul, I'm with the IBEW and am here to check your ticket

BTW, a mermaid? Aren't you afraid of hearing siren songs?
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... Stupid permit rules about not being able to do electrical work yourself keeps me from putting more in. I am capable, but unlicensed. I may do a quick straightening up, it is not that bad, I did some cleaning a few weeks ago, and then jump into making some saw dust. I am the happiest when I am cutting, planing, routing or joining wood. Gluing, sanding and finishing on the other hand, I would skip if I could.
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While looking for some chain to hang a light in the shop today I found a 15 Amp circuit breaker in one of my supply boxes along with the romex to run a new circuit. I bought the stuff a long time ago for something and never used it. I just got back from HD with some metal conduit and a new 4 plug box. I may just say the heck with it and run a new circuit for the shop. Even if I have to pull it in the future, it will be better than running all the basements electrical need off of one circuit and extension cords like I have been doing. I mean I got a washer/dryer, sump pump, FIOS board, my brothers bedroom TV, stereo and lamps all on one circuit, plus the wood shop stuff. I mean I unplug certain things when others are running, but it bothers me and can't be good.
Good for you for just doing it. I don't know what laws/rules you are referring to, but my 1st house was in Annaplois. Lived in that house for 9 years. The 1st thing I did when I moved in was to completely rebuild the rec room (1960 split foyer), and added a number of additional outlets (I hate having lamp cords, etc visible). When I sold it in 2000, the buyer's inspector had no issues with it at all. I never even pulled permits.
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Sometimes I think I'm in a slump then start on a project and like magic, I'm OK.
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