With the holiday season now upon us, visions of new additions to shops are dancing through the minds of woodworkers everywhere.
Before we get any further into the season, it would be a good time to stop and think about our tool collections. For instance, when was the last time you added a power tool to the arsenal? Maybe you added a sander or router to the collection, or maybe you went whole hog and replaced your table saw with a more powerful and capable model?
And, yes, I mean the tool… no accessories allowed. So, you can’t count that big box of router bits or the new saw blade as a power tool…
Time! Time! I need more time!
There are few more common refrains heard from woodworkers. OK, maybe measure twice, cut once sort of rolls off the tongue a little better, but the complaint that many woodworkers have is that they can’t get into the shop enough to do everything they want to accomplish.
The day job. The family. Those obligations we agreed to.
For this week’s poll, I need you to take a long, hard look at how much time you spend in the shop during an average week. And, yes, I’m aware that some weeks are so busy, you forget to eat and sleep, while other weeks turn into full-fledged shop vacations…
But, on your average, typical week, how much time do you get to cut, plane, pare, shape, turn, sand, scrape and finish your creations?