The Shop Area

I had some thinking to do regarding where I was going to set up my “shop.” All I knew for certain was that it was going to be out my back door and be based under the metal awning, so as to keep the rain off the old noggin.

However, we have steps going down to the yard, so everything had to work around that. Plus, the steps are off-center to the awning. On one side, I had 5’8″x7′ worth of space. While you can make do with very little space for a hand tool workshop, you still want something a little bigger. After all, I didn’t want to be relegated to small projects simply because I couldn’t fit the larger ones in my shop space.

The other side, while much larger, was junked.

Was.

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Upcoming Projects

Every woodworker has projects he or she wants to get to. I’m pretty sure it’s the natural order of things, truthfully.

I personally think most woodworkers get started in the craft because there’s something they want and they can’t find it or can’t afford it or something like that. In truth, I’m no exception. I just wanted various good quality pieces, things my family could pass on for generations to come. I came into despising what I call our “disposable culture.” I wanted to have better than that.

I still do.

But the truth is, building stuff like that takes time and skill, and skill is a product of time.

As such, my first projects need to be more about building skill than creating perfectly stunning home furnishings or decorations. That and they need to fill a basic need in my shop area, which will be outside, for the most part.

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