Work first, play later

They finally delivered my shed kit yesterday. Itís in the backyard right now, singing its siren song, tempting me to stop what Iím doing and come out and play. Unfortunately, I canít.

Iíve been looking forward to making this shed for a long time, and looking forward to enjoying the extra room that moving garage junk out of my garage will offer, which will in turn allow me to properly plan my shop layout for the first time since I established the shop more than four years ago. Further, building the shed will be a framing project, something I havenít done in a long time, and Iím excited about that. And in inspecting the kit I was pleased to note that it is a kit only in the sense that itís bundled with everything you need; that is, nothing in it is prefabbed, meaning that I get to do everything myself. I am so completely jazzed that I can barely sit still.

But for now I can only look plaintively out my office window at that enticing stack of bundled building materials, as my rear end is glued to the chair before my computer where Iím finishing a bunch of WORK stuff that must be done first before I can do PLAY stuff.

Isnít that frustrating? You have projects to do, art to create, sawdust to make, and tools to useÖ but you have to do things, like work, first. Sure, I could rush out and play, leaving all my work stuff till late Sunday night. Sort of the grown-up equivalent of doing a math assignment in homeroom on the day itís due.

But, no, Iíll force myself to do the adult, responsible thing. Besides, with the work done and out of the way, my play time will be all the more enjoyable.

Till next time,



  • I understand your dilemma. My woodworking equipment is in one of my bays and ends up being work surfaces for tooling I am working on. I cannot even run my saw without stealing power from my air compressor which I need to run my grinders. ūüôā I too at one time built a shed for my tools (12×24) from the ground up, I am sure you will enjoy not only the shed but the process.

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