So, it has been a while since my last blog posting. I hope to never go through this long of a lull again. Like many other people, sometimes lift just gets crazy busy. Not in a bad way, just busy in a good way. Between my housework, work work, working on my shop, studying furniture design, researching tools to buy, and reading reading reading. I just have been to busy and scatter brained to post a blog. Even this posting seems a little all over.
Well first lets talk about the shop. I have ripped out all the insulation in my shop and put in new insulation, plus I insulated and painted the garage door. This is going to make a big difference during both the winter and the hot hot summers where I live. I am, however, still not done. I still have to drywall 1/2 of my shop before it is done. But that is not stopping me from working.
Second. Reading. Reading books for me is one of my primary ways to educate myself. I finished “The Anarchists Tool Chest” by Chris Schwarz, and “The Essential Woodworker” by Robert Wearing. Now I am working on “Hand Plane Essentials” by Chris Schwarz and “The Art of Joinery” by Joseph Moxon. I have a “Workbench Design” book that is still in the process of getting to me. Plus I have the newer book by Jim Tolpin “The New Traditional Woodworker”. And yes, as crazy as it sounds, I usually read at least two books at a time. This list does not include all the research I do online. Tons of info is online if you just learn how to sift through all the crap.
Projects. Hopefully in the next few days I am going to put up a short video on functional mockups. Why are they important and why I like to use them? Stay tuned for the video.
Tools for the shop. Well, I just refurbished a nice quick release vise that I am going to add to my bench for a tail vise. I have refurbished a nice old Delta bench grinder that will be added to my sharpening station that I am going to build. And , Wait for it, wait for it. I am going to be getting some cash flow for my shop that I am going to use only for hand tools. Now the most difficult part. What am I going to spend the money on? I have about $1000 to spend and I am making a list and checking it about 5 million times. As a side note. And feel free to comment below, “If you had $1000 what would you buy?” I would love to hear some of your comments. And when I spend the money I will shoot a short video on what I bought and why. My answers my surprise you.
Well for not that is it. I need to go read. If this posting seems like rambling, it is, that’s why the subtitle to my site is the ramblings of a woodworker.
Till next time. Stay safe, keep learning, and get in the shop and do something with yourself.