Richard Craver

Musings about this world, and the world to come.

The Shop Is Coming Together

Written By: richardwcraver - Sep• 15•17

For all my mechanical abilities there is one thing I’ve never been able to enjoy, a home shop.


The first house I owned had a rickety shed with a gravel floor big enough for a mower and a few yard tools. The next house had a full basement with a work bench that I put to use with various bits of computer pieces and parts. Things were looking up and I started acquiring a few tools, until the former Mrs decided she ‘didn’t want to be married’ and we didn’t live there anymore.

An apartment and a rental place followed with no proper facilities. In fact I have been known to build computers on the bathroom counter because the best light was there. And I have been known to clean guns and build rifles on the dining room table. I put towels down of course; I had to chase curious cats out of my mess as well.

A couple years ago the beloved and I bought a house. Somehow she has a ‘creative room’ for quilting, but my creativity has been frustrated by boxes of ‘stuff’ from the previous moves. Believing anything not missed during 10 years of marriage and moving is not needed I had a burn pile and started making space.

Last weekend the work bench went in along with 120 watt equivalent LED lighting.

Tonight green felt was taped down to the bench top and my gun hobby tools have started filling drawers.

Cleaning and lubrication products arranged,

A bit of gun and racing memorabilia put up

now to finalize my reloading equipment wants and needs and this place will start to see activity.

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