The world is your workshop
Tomorrow is the final day of my eight days of vacation. I got a lot done -- although (of course!) not as much as I wanted to get done.
One thing that this vacation has reinforced for me is that projects that don't take a lot of person-hours can still take several days -- because every time you glue something, or paint/varnish/oil something -- that's it! Shift's over! Time to stop work!
For example: one of my projects -- which I'll discuss tomorrow -- is two pieces of wood glued together, with two dowels sticking out of the front, and then rubbed down with some finishing oil -- and then screwed to a rack.
But! Prepping the two pieces of wood so that I could glue them together took maybe half an hour to an hour (I didn't keep track). Then I glued them -- and that was it for the day! (On to other tasks...)
The next day I handplaned them (mostly) flat, created two dowels, laid out and drilled the holes, and glued the dowels in -- and that was it for the day.
On day three (today), I oiled them. OK, end of that segment.
And finally, on day four, I get to actually bolt it to the rack. Whew!
Here you can see three different projects glued and clamped. My workshop space is pretty small -- and my workbench is (unfortunately) pretty cluttered, so I don't have a lot of room at the moment for bulky things.
Part of the clutter is due to various partially-finished projects -- something I tried, unsuccessfully, to address this vacation
To bring the message full-circle: my primary project this vacation was the Swamp Guitar (basically a cigar-box guitar). But because I'd have to keep stopping due to glue-ups, I also worked on a custom tool caddy, and a little bit on the Bretz steps, as well. Once I actually finish any of these three projects I'll post some photos.
But, about two days ago I realized that there were just too many stages remaining for those three projects, I changed my focus to three fairly quick tasks -- such as the one I described above.
Tomorrow is my final day of vacation, and I post some pics of the projects I **did** finish. As for the three "main" projects -- well, I'll keep picking away at them, an afternoon or two per weekend. In among my other duties. :)