For those who are concerned about Vince’s ability to re-finish the sewing machine, don’t worry. He’s quite an accomplished woodworker. Woodturning is his favorite hobby but he can build furniture and stain and re-finish furniture. He’s hardly done any woodworking since we moved here because he needs to build a shop. All of his tools are either crammed in the garage or in a rented storage building. He will not do it in the garage (neither upstairs or downstairs) because sawdust and the like attracts spiders and he doesn’t want those near the house. He hasn’t done the shop for several reasons. First, he never thought we were staying here longer than a couple of years and then when it looked like we might be here a few more years, he doesn’t want to stay in the city so the shop has been on hold. Some days he talks about closing in the pole barn and using that for a shop but that’s just a “make do” shop — not what he really wants. A good shop needs to be built from scratch so he can get all the wiring and dust collection vents where he wants them. That’s one of the reasons he keeps looking for a place on a river or lake. We would go there on weekends and hopefully retire there so he could build the shop he wants at that location. But for now . . we’re in the city, with no house on the river or lake and no shop.
But, my favorite pieces that Vince has done that we still have are these wooden hats.
So, really . . Vince is not in over his head when it comes to re-finishing the sewing machine cabinet.