Few more shop pics to add. My wife was kind enough to add a couple of shop stools to sit on for comfort when doing certain shop activities. One for each of us. I had always hoped she'd become a shop rat like me! Looks like she might now that we have a new place. That is her in the background applying stain to one of our latest little projects.
I believe it was a coat hanging rack. A simple 30" wood strip with 4 drawer pull knobs attached, and screwed to the wall. I could have made it nicer but she wanted simple, rustic, and just use what we already had here to make it. I didn't object because I wanted her to enjoy the experience and make a memory, and come back for more. We both wrote personal notes on the back in marker ink and then installed it on the wall in the kitchen near the back door. That was last weekend.
Also, today she took me shopping for a new planer, which I decided on a Ridgid model from Home Depot, but I didn't get it yet. They were out of stock or I'm quite sure she'd have bought it. Then later today, we went to a local hardware store where I found a small bench top band saw, which she bought for me. So now I have another new machine. It's not large, only a 9" width, but it will make a lot of my small, irregular sized parts making chores a whole lot easier. I spent a couple of hours truing up the wheels, adjusting the blade guides and bearings, degreasing the whole thing, it was covered in cosmoline! Right now, I just have it sitting on one of the benches but it will get fastened down permanently later, or maybe a mobile base made.
I am also adding a few pics of the lamps my wife and I remade last weekend. The befores and afters. They started out looking like plain old brass lamps but we countried them up by making new bases from candle lanterns and used quite a bit of the shop machines to custom make the wooden parts, then just reused the old sockets, hardware, and shades. The whole thing was her idea and we both figured out how to see it through and then did it. We have one lamp on either side of the bed I built for us (still never applied a finish to the bed
It was a great weekend.