Truth be told, during hunting season,
hockey season, fishing season and NASCAR, I don’t really do much
woodworking. When I am actually in the shop, I’m often watching my
other hobbies on cable as I dream about the projects I’ll actually
build someday. But, that doesn’t mean my shop can’t look
like I’m woodworking. Here’s my trick for that “gettin’ it
done” effect: I buy a big bag of wood chips from my local pet
store. Aspen is my first choice, because with that stuff it looks
like I’m building projects from all sorts of white woods—ash,
maple, birch, pine, even poplar. I just sprinkle it all over the
tools that make lots of big chips. A little on my router table,
jointer, planer and under the lathe usually does the trick. If you
don’t have dust collection, just dump it liberally all around. Once
the chips are down, as they say, I’m the busiest woodworker I know.
And I never miss a minute of my favorite shows.
- L. A. Zee; Slackerton, Wisconsin
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