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Thread: Winter is upon us! What to do?

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    Winter is upon us! What to do?

    As i"ve mentioned before, I have to shut down my woodworking shop (the driveway,) once temperatures drop below 5C, and wait for the return of spring. The way my shed is packed with tools now, I can't even go in to use the drill press once there's snow on the ground, because I can't shift all the stuff in front of my work bench outside.

    Winters kill me when I don't have to go to work every day, so I think I'll try making wooden ship models during the winter. It's some thing I can do in a relatively small space in one of the guest bedrooms when we don't have any guests, and will keep me occupied with an interesting project when it's -20 and the winds are howling outside. I spent a lot of time building wooden flying models when I was young, so I have some skills, and some tools, to apply to the projects. I just found a site with more than a hundred ship models, at various skill levels and prices. I'm not ready to take on a $400 model of the Bounty, but I might try some entry level projects below $50 to start. It'll beat spending all my time on the internet, or watching daytime TV, anyway. I'll still have the honey-do lists to contend with, but the Memsahib seems to be running out of ideas.
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    Winter is upon us! What to do?

    Model shipbuilding sounds like a great cure for cabin fever.
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    First thing I thought of was Scrimshaw! I've been eyeballing some tagua nuts for another project and will have to do something with the residue.

    I've also been working on getting enough interesting knots together (in my head that is.. they have to be ones I really KNOW how to tie) to do an actually interesting knot board.

    The model ships sound pretty darn interesting to, can't wait to see some results.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ryan Mooney View Post
    The model ships sound pretty darn interesting to, can't wait to see some results.
    Neither can my wife! She keeps saying she would like to see me finish ONE thing.

    Quote Originally Posted by glenn bradley View Post
    Midi-lathe, kitchen table, make pens.
    Oh, yeah! In our new, open concept, $25,000 kitchen? Yeah, that'll happen.
    Cheers,
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    You not the only one Roger. This year i plan on carving in the basement. We will see how far i get. When kids were younger it was hockey and that's a great get the family out event. Used to drive me crazy because at the time i had a nice heated shop specifically for the winter reason. Life aint fair.

    I also want to see if i can get a drawknife bench together and do some wood shaping but that's more of a wish than reality given the time left. I do think its something i could get put together with handtools in the basement though.
    cheers

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    Ah, Winter! Love it that I won't be dripping sweat on my projects for a while!!!
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    Find a place to set up the shop I have is my goal.
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    Planning on building out a large finishing room, which will double as my heated tinkering/assembly room also.

    Darren
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