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Question How much time do you spend in the shop?

I am happy to say I have been in the shop every day this week so far. Usually for 1.5-2 hours a day, last nite till I was falling asleep, I thought, "this is not cool". I needed to get to bed before I hurt myself but I didn't want to leave. With the onset of this warmer weather it SOOOO inviting!!!

So how about you?

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For a short time last summer the garage was a functional 'wood shop' and I spent 2 to 6 hours a day in it. When winter came, and the temperatures dropped, that arrangement became far less comfy.

Over the winter, my bedroom ended up morphing into a 'hand tool shop' of sorts. The home made loft bed was cut up and rebuilt into what became a cross between a bed and a general purpose work bench that is four foot deep by seven foot long.

The new hand tool shop isn't really compatable with table saws, router tables and the real dust makers. Plane shavings on the other hand are quite easy to clean up, and I can make them at 4 in the morning without bothering my brother (& roommate/ landlord!).

As I venture into my second year of 'part time work from home' as a professional 'net nerd' (Computer Network administration and maintenance), I find myself living and working in 'the hand tool shop!'.

While waiting for stuff to break, I have the freedom to surf the net, slice and dice on wood or overdose on television as whatever the inclinations of the day might lead me to.

Visions of building the perfect router table have been displaced by those of building the ultimate shooting board!

With a little luck, sometime this summer, I will be cutting up pieces that are worthy of the 'chemical' part of woodworking! (adhesives and finishes!)

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Last week spent 3-4 hours a day and all day Sat. & Sun. this week not any time yet but that will change starting Thursday. Usually though I average 2-3 hours a day

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Not nearly as much as I would like (or should, now that I have retired).

However, I will get serious after the trip to US NEXT WEEK

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About 2-3 hours on most weekdays, and about 6-10 hours on Saturday, and 4 to 6 hours on Sunday. I start early on Saturdays and Sundays. Saturdays I also do the lawn, and then Sundays I quit at 12 for lunch with the family, then I spend the rest of the day with the Wife, while resting up for the work week.
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Not enough. I haven't been in the shop since last Nov due to health problems. I'm hoping to get the OK soon as I have several projects in mind.

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Not enough. I haven't been in the shop since last Nov due to health problems. I'm hoping to get the OK soon as I have several projects in mind.
John,

Here's hoping that you complete your recovery from the illness and return to the shop with all due haste!.

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Depends on the day, week and season.

No climate control, so the coldest and hottest days don't lend to much time. Rain doesn't completely eliminate time out there, but it puts a damper on what I can do. Haven't been out there in at least a week due to injury, work and family. If I get an hour every few days I'm lucky.

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Hi

For me I'm in the shop every day of the week rain or shine, it's must have thing for me,sometimes I just play with tools and new jigs, the one I have been playing with is the Rockler new jigs ,shutters, seeing if I can do it little bit easy-er and cheaper (MDF is a cheaper way by the way,if you are going to paint them anyway and they do have a error in the Fixed Louver jig plans.it calls for 1 1/4" wide slats and it should be 1 3/16" if you want them to fit without using a hammer ) and reworking a step or two,to see if the jigs can be use in more than one way..yes, I did pickup both types.

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Due to the economy more time than I wish. Since Thessalonians says those that don't work don't eat and I am self employed I am in the shop everyday I don't have a job to do. (Work retail construction go out for a week at a time. Since joining the forum I have been busy developing all the good ideas the forum has furnished. (just completing second RT, pin arm for RT, etc)
Also I am remodeling the house. Recently completed family room with built in cabinets and raised panel wainscote. Kitchen is next as soon as I have the flooring budget in hand.

The average would work out to 20 plus hours a week. And amen to jacks to tired to work. I usually stop AFTER making a mistake because I am tired. The focus the shop requires is more stringent than when I am building in the field. OH SO MANY NEW DETAILS TO MAKE THINGS GO WRONG

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