For me, having a hobby allows me to float from normal family life, to my hobby, and back to life. Also having a hobby for me also means that I don't have any guilt about the hobby.
As you can see from my posts, I haven't done any woodworking for over a month. A combination of life and lack of motivation were the reasons. Yesterday (as today is Thanksgiving) I actually got into my shop for a bit over an hour. I didn't do anything extraordinary but it was fun.
I started back on cutting and squaring the legs to my boys desks. Last time, I had done one set so it was time to focus on the second set.
In squaring up the first leg, a longish term issue popped up. On my shooting board, I realized that with my previous shooting plane, I must have rocked the body and the end of the shooting board's fence was no longer plumb. I decided to add a face to the fence.
First I found a nice straight board and cut a piece of appropriate size and length. A little planing of edges produces a square and clean board.
I added the fence leaving the smallest overhang to replumb the end of the fence. I only used screws, no glue, so that I can replace the fence if it needs it at a later time.
Now with the fixed fence, shooting a board leaves no blowout on the ends of the board. The new Veritas Shooting plane is harder to rock but now that I've fixed the shooting board, I will watch out with my technique going forward.
I'm hopeful after a few chores this weekend to get some more shop time. Next, I think I'm going to do some sharpening. I forgot how hard maple is on my plane blades.