Santa’s Workshop

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Just like football in December, this is the month when woodworking productivity gets real.

I spent nearly the entire weekend in the shop building gifts for my grandchildren. (I’ll share images after the holidays.) With six kids to make happy, there was a lot of work to be done. I’ve got a few smaller tasks to do tonight and tomorrow, and then I should be finished. That is until I come up with another idea that’s just too good to wait.

How about you? Are you in the midst of burning the midnight oil, or are you one of those folks who’s already done with this year’s gift efforts? Let us know how things are going (we at the Journal do not judge).

Rob Johnstone, Woodworker’s Journal

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