What I did on my summer vacation…

June 25, 201310 Comments

Funny thing about vacations, I can’t wait for the chance to sleep-in and then all the opportunities for extra shop time. But as most of my vacations go…that’s not even close to what happens.

We try to plan a family get away somewhere we all know we’ll have fun, but I can’t help but think about being in the shop when we get back.

This time around was no different. A great trip to visit family in Florida and our first ever stop at “The Waffle House” (I’ll take mine smothered and stuffed please!)

Back at home it was time to get caught up…on yard work AND MORE SLEEP!!!

But because the shop was calling, and I finally had enough hours in a row, I decided it was time to tackle a job I’d hadn’t planned on attempting anytime soon.

If you can remember my hand plane shelves that I would occasionally record episodes in front of…I decided to take advantage of the real estate underneath them and place as many of my hand tools in easy reach as possible.

I have to admit, after getting all these tools in direct reach of my bench I can’t believe I own this many. Add to that the fact I still have many more sitting in drawers and on shelves just waiting for a spot on the new wall and I’m thinking I might have a bit of tool buying problem!

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  1. Bob Egbert says:

    Ah yes Waffle House road trip food. BUT you left out the dash board diner “7-11”.

  2. John Verreault (aka JohnnyVee) says:

    What problem? You haven’t got a tool buying problem. What you have is not enough room on that wall! Take that storage problem into the z-axis. Can you say “Wall Hanging Tool Cabinet project”?!! Oh yeah baby. LOL!!

    • Matt says:

      Actually I’m discovering that while I like the idea of a tool cabinet…I kind of prefer the tools out in the open for an easy grab.

      • John Verreault (aka JohnnyVee) says:

        Who says you ever have to close the doors or, for that matter, even have doors? Just build it out towards you. For instance, you’ve come up with a great saw storage solution but think of turning them all 90º into a saw till that is just as wide as your widest saw’s handle. You could even hang the till on the pegboard..just a thought (or two).

  3. Shannon says:

    Nice work Matt. What did you make those saw holders from? At first I thought it was Ebony til I blew up the image. Perhaps stained Poplar? Whatever it looks cool to have them dark like that.

    • Matt says:

      WOW!!! Good eye or you really know my non-usage of exotics?

      It is in fact dyed Poplar. I should’ve used a little more black dye powder, but these turned out decent for a last minute project.

  4. Nateswoodworks says:

    Admitting you have a problem is the first step, giving a bunch to me is the solution!!

  5. jHop says:

    I could hold some in trust for you… If you don’t mind, that is.

  6. Brian Benham says:

    I’m on vacation right now. My wife says let’s take the kids camping and relax. Kid + Camping = High Stress.

  7. Sue says:

    Family vacations are always a great way to spend summer. Getting away from the daily stresses of life and enjoying the wilderness with the ones you love.

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