June 26, 2017

Summer Shop Time

So the summer comes with nice weather, long days, and less shop time, well for me anyways.  The kids are off of school and while my oldest would be fine while I worked in the shop, my daughter would not be.  My daughter wants be in the shop with me whenever she can.  Whenever she is in the shop, I try not to use any of the power tools, which slows down production a lot.  So I’m trying to find ways to get work done during the summer without having to take the whole summer off. 

This summer I’m going to try to take a different approach.  I will build small projects during the weeks she has camp.  The weeks that she is home from camp, I will apply finish because her brother will be able to watch her while I’m applying the finish.  When I’m not applying finish, I will be working on the computer planning and designing projects.  I have a list of upcoming projects I’ve committed to.  So my thinking is if I can get all my planning and design work during the summer, I should speed up the building process.  If this works out the way I think it will, I might adopt it for the future.

It’s just one of the many challenges of owning a business and being the default parent (that phrase feels awkward but my wife says that’s how she describes it to coworkers, meaning the one who is on call for sick kids, vacations, doctors appointments…).  Maybe at some point I will write about how my wife and I came to the decision of me staying at home with the kids and then starting a business.

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