A time to pursue your dreams. To create. To live.
I’ve recently discovered a new hobby, woodworking, which has become a part of my retirement dream. I’ve been enjoying using some of my previous “writing time” to finish up the woodworking shop, and I couldn’t be happier with the result. I’m excited to show you what I’ve done with the place.
I trust you’ll enjoy a bit of insight into what I’m doing with my time now that I’m retired.
Simply put, I’m pursuing my dreams.
I hope you’re pursuing yours.Today, a tour of my woodworking shop. I hope you like what I've done with the place! Click To Tweet
My Woodworking Shop
Back in July, I shared my new Treehouse Writing Studio with you. Getting my writing studio completed was my first priority in “The Purposeful Workshop Project”, but I always had a goal of completing the adjacent woodworking shop. I never knew it would take an additional 8 months to complete.
With my time recently freed up from writing a weekly post, I’ve been able to dedicate more of my time to the project. Today, I’m proud to announce…
My woodworking shop is complete!
In fact, I have my first woodworking project on the assembly table as I type these words, a doghouse for my wife’s charity, Freedom For Fido! I just stepped out and took a photo of the shop as it looks this very moment (that’s the doghouse frame on the assembly table, under the flag):
You’ll see it’s quite a change from how the woodworking shop looked back in July 2020 when I finished the epoxy floor coating, my first step in the process:
If we go back a bit further, you’ll see an even more dramatic change from May 21, 2020, when the concrete was first poured:
Yep, it’s come a LOOONGG way! It’s been an exciting project in my retirement, and I’ve been looking forward to showing you the finished project for many months.
Today is that day!
To celebrate, I decided to put together a YouTube video with a personalized tour (including a walk through of both the woodworking shop and my new writing studio)!
Enjoy the show…
I hope you enjoyed the video of the shop, I figured it would be the easiest way to show you around (you DID take a few minutes to watch, right?). I’ve got to say, I enjoy watching the construction come together in that video.
I’m pleased with the shop “furniture” I built for the woodworking shop. I built everything from scratch, without plans. I love the challenge of trying to figure out how to build something, and am especially pleased with the “Assembly Table”, my final task in completing the shop:
I found a free dresser on a local Facebook yard sale site, and refurbished the drawers into the gray drawers you see above. I already had the frame built when I found the dresser and was pleased with how well the drawers fit into the design I had in my mind. Here’s an “in-process” picture of the assembly table for comparison:
I took the same approach with the Miter Saw Station, including a “roll-out table” that fits snugly beneath the wing extensions on the left side of the saw:
In short, I’ve been having fun learning woodworking as I’ve built the workspaces inside my new shop. With the shop now complete, it’s time to move on to building some dog houses! I can’t wait to deliver my first project.
The first house is going to Dixie, a poor dog who’s currently living her life on a chain. We’re building her free fence this week, and I’ll be delivering her new dog house as soon as I can get it done.
Here’s a photo I took of Dixie during our site visit last week. Her life is going to get a whole lot better in the very near future. Come to think of it, so will mine after I see her living in the dog house I’ll have built for her in my new woodworking shop.
Making life better for some unfortunate dogs. It’s become one of my dreams in retirement.
The dream is coming true, thanks to the things I’m now creating in my new woodworking shop.
Isn’t that what retirement is all about?
It’s rewarding to create something from nothing. It’s rewarding to find a way to “give back”. I’m accomplishing both with my new woodworking shop.
I find the process of woodworking similar to the writing I do on this blog. I get an idea, I think on it for a while, and I take the first steps. After the inevitable modifications made during the process, the thing evolves. It develops. It becomes.
Eventually, it can make a small difference in this world.
Find ways to create in retirement. Find a way to give back. It’s worth the effort and brings a true sense of fulfillment. If you’ve not yet created something in your retirement, give it a try. Better yet, create something that will benefit the world in some small way.
Your retirement will be better for the effort.
Your Turn: What have you created? How are you giving back? What hobbies are you pursuing in retirement? Finally, what do you think of the new woodworking shop? I hope you like it as much as I do. I’m heading through that door now. After all, I’ve got a doghouse to build. We’ve got to get Dixie out of the rain…