Retirement Hobby: I love carpentry!

by Bob J.
(Massachusetts )

For the past five years as a retiree, I have been enjoying my time in the garage spent on carpentry.

I usually run to the local Home Depot or Lowe's to purchase building materials, and find instructions and ideas online for what projects to work on.

This hobby, to me, is not only fun, but time consuming as well. It makes the day go by faster and you are able to see the fruit of your labor once finished.

I usually spend anywhere from $25 to $50 on buying materials and paint, as I had most of the equipment already for cutting and shaping wood. The equipment is what will cost you if you don't already own it.

This hobby can be done anywhere, like I said, I work in my garage, although a couple of buddies of mine have shops set up in their basement. Ideally, you want to be somewhere enclosed and away from any distractions.

So far, I've made little gifts to give to my daughters for their birthdays, a couple of lawn ornaments, and I'm in the process of making a rocking chair, which will be quite the challenge.

For anyone who wants to pick up a new hobby that makes the day go by faster and doesn't cost too much money, I would definitely recommend setting up your own workshop and trying out carpentry.

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Fine Furniture Making
by: Jeff/Santa Fe, NM

Now that I am more or less retired, I decided to try a new craft, making fine wood furniture. It has been quite a challenge learning to use the numerous power tools in the wood shop at the local community college.

It's a great way to use my hands to create a new home furnishing (an end table for our living room). I hope to set up a workshop at home with at least some hand tools to do wood carving projects.

It's gratifying to work at my own pace on my own designs. I find that doing physical work helps the time go by in a rewarding way and also keeps me limber and more mentally alert.

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