Steve wanted to know what music you and I have on our “workshop playlists,” what music puts us in the mood for woodworking and gets us going.
After you answer the poll, leave us a comment and tell us whether you take the term “playlist” literally. On your phone or MP3 player, do you have a playlist, a set of songs, that you reserve for woodworking music time?
Or, do you, like me, listen to different music at different times?
Though I’m not a trained musician like The Renaissance Woodworker, Shannon Rogers, music has always been hugely important to me. Growing up in the 50s and 60s, I feel we had some of the greatest music ever written. There were phases in which I favored Pop/Top 40/Rock and Roll, but I had several country music phases, too. Back then, I went back and forth. Today, I’m likely to listen to oldies one day and country the next.
I built this shelf to get my stereo as far from dust generation as I could, and added the old CRT television when it was replaced upstairs by a flat screen. I like to catch the evening news while I’m working.
Our kids got me a 7.1 Surround Sound system for my shop, which I love and still use. But, as a child of the 60s who grew up with music that was REALLY LOUD, I just had to have big 3-way speakers to make A LOT of noise.
There are no music-less spots in our garage. Even the saw table is surrounded by speakers.
In this area where I usually do finishing work, I found I couldn’t be so far from music, so I dug up these old speakers from storage to soundstage this area, too.
If I’m enjoying the great outdoors, such as sanding a big project, I have to have music here, too. There is another identical stereo speaker to the left. These are some old Realistic Radio Shack speakers I bought to put in my 1977 Toyota pickup, which is why I don’t mind them staying outdoors. This area is rain-protected by a screened porch above.
To route the music where I am, I used my US Air Force electronics training to build this and/or gate.