Benchmarks: Asa Christiana’s Favorite Shop Improvements
I walked into my first real workshop in tech school—a big industrial space where I spent half my time in high school learning the machinist trade. Like all good shops, it was a warm, well-lit place with a powerful array of good tools at the ready.
Once I got over my intimidation and learned the unique capabilities of each machine, that shop felt like Willie Wonka’s inventing room, a place where I could create almost anything. I loved coming through the doors, smelling the oil in the air, and feeling time slip away as I dropped back into a project.
I didn’t stick with the machinist trade, but it stuck with me. After college (an unusual mix of engineering, English, and journalism) and sometime during my first newspaper job, I became interested in woodworking—a no-brainer for a former machinist looking to make things again. And when I bought…