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Blog entry by dannymac posted 08-12-2010 10:15 AM 2479 reads 0 times favorited 38 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I think i need to sign off now. I really don’t think i could bare seeing all your bueatiful projects knowing i’ll never be able to add my own. It’s finnally happened after months of work and who knows how much money, my lifelong dream of a real woodworking shop has come to life. Then little by little it was taken away from me. I’ve given up hope on so many other things but i’ve had the shop to retreat to, now thats gone as well and i’m all done. bye

-- dannymac

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#1 posted 08-12-2010 01:42 PM

Many of the great achievements of the world were accomplished by tired and discouraged men who kept on working. Don’t give up hope my friend and get out there and work on something.

-- -Zeke- "I hate to rush off, but I gotta go see a man about a log"

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#2 posted 08-12-2010 01:55 PM

So long, farewell, Auf wiedersehen, good night,
I hate to go and leave this pretty sight.
So long, farewell, Auf wiedersehen, adieu,
Adieu, adieu, to yieu and yieu and yieu.

So long, farewell, Au’voir, auf wiedersehen,
I’d like to stay and taste my first champagne
So long, farewell, Auf wiedersehen, goodbye,
I leave and heave a sigh and say goodbye,
Good bye

I’m glad to go,
I cannot tell a lie.
I flit, I float,
I fleetly flee, I fly.

The sun has gone to bed and so must I
So long, farewell, auf wiedersehen, goodbye,

-- 温故知新

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#3 posted 08-12-2010 02:19 PM

Dont give up I felt the same way a couple of times, you just have to keep pluging at it.

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#4 posted 08-12-2010 02:59 PM

Do you want to talk about it ??

Maybe we’ve got some ideas, or … maybe it would just feel better to talk about it a little more…..

-- -- Neil

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#5 posted 08-12-2010 03:13 PM

We should all probably blog/post our failings more often I suppose. I’ll start us off. I’ve been making a bunch of hand screw clamps recently form kits form Grizzly. It seems gluing up and machining the jaws was pretty easy for me, but drilling the angled holes for the threaded roads to go into has been pretty painful. THe end result isn’t pretty but is functional. I have a new found respect drilling angled holes at the drill press! Fortunately this is a piece of “shop furniture” so to speak so I won’t beat myself up over it too much. :-) I should also add there have been screw ups on just about every project I’ve posted here, some major, I just find clever ways to hide them as much as possible.

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#6 posted 08-12-2010 04:03 PM

Dannymac – As you put on your home page – you’ve found a place of like-minded folks. I know of no one that has succeeded right out of the blocks. I remember watching something on Andrew Carnegie. Given the sad state of the economy and steel production in modern-day America, the researcher was asked what Carnegie would do today. The response – he would build a better steel mill.

Your work is great – I wish I had the talent you do. Keep up the work. Remember, rewards go to those that stay the course. Keep up the great work.

-- I've never seen a tree that I wouldn't like to repurpose into a project. I love the smell of wood in the morning - it smells like victory.

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#7 posted 08-12-2010 04:11 PM

Dannymac, dont give up. Just do what you can with what you have. Just got to dig a little deeper inside yourself.

-- Gary, Little River,SC I've Learned that the Lord didn't do it all in one day and neither can I

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#8 posted 08-12-2010 04:17 PM

More often than not I have the same thoughts crossing my mind …. since I don’t have much shop time, maybe it’s best to sell all tools, and just not have to be tormented by the desire to do better.

but when I do the math – it just doesn’t add up. might as well keep things setup the way they are, and just wait for those moments when I AM able to get some woodworking done. maybe not so much today – but hopefully more later. it’s an ongoing thing that keeps me wanting more – and that’s a good thing.

PM me, or IM me if you wanna talk, or get lunch etc.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#9 posted 08-12-2010 04:28 PM

don’t quit now ,

i think i see a light ,

at the end of the tunnel !

it’s the express train ,

coming to save us !

how much reality TV can you watch anyway ?

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#10 posted 08-12-2010 05:11 PM

I’m sorry you’re so down and loosing the hobby you love. I urge you to hang in there and find a way. I looked at your shop and projects. You have real talent and a great selection of tools. I had to take a break from WW for 3 yrs ( my choice ). I missed it like crazy and was glad my shop and tools were still there waiting patiently for my when I was ready to resume.

-- Vicki on the Eastern Shore of MD

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#11 posted 08-12-2010 05:26 PM


I don’t know the specific reason(s) you have (apparently) lost your shop. I can understand how you must feel to have the desire and creative ability to make beautiful things out of wood but not have the facilities and equipment you think is needed to do the job.

Do not give up the dream. Things change, often for reasons that are not apparent to mere mortals. Often adversity turns out to be the hard road we have to travel to reach the true destination that we must find.

In the meantime (or should that be mean time? <grin>) look for alterative ways to express your creativity with wood.

And don’t give up this community. You have a lot more friends here than you know and we can and will be here to listen and encourage you.

Be safe.


-- Herb, Florida - Here's why I close most messages with "Be Careful!"

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#12 posted 08-12-2010 05:43 PM

I don´t get it
have you lost your arms obviusly not if you havn´t typed the words with your nose
hang on there is still hope for you even if you had , we have seen people turn things with
there feet as well as painting :-)
I still havn´t my shop made yet and don´t have the amount of tools you have
and since I join L J I had 3 setbacks finansely and still call them minor hurdle´s after
what I have try´d over the years
at least hang in from time to time and enjoy what you see , ceep nursing the dream
and in the meantime think creative , be creative, write and draw all your ideas down
in a A5 scetchbook , refine your ideas over time and then I´m sure you will come back
with a big bang that can´t bee stoped

take care

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#13 posted 08-12-2010 06:58 PM

Hey Danny,
Don’t give up. I just looked at your projects and Man I wish I had your talent. You are damn good. Take Sharon up on his offer to go to lunch and talk about it.
I don’t see a woodworking problem here. There has to be another problem that is interfering with your woodworking. You have the ability to be a great craftsman. Your projects show that. PM me or IM me. My email address is on my LJ site. Use it any time. If you want to talk about it, PM me your number and I will call.
Just don’t leave us. We need talent like yours. Rand

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#14 posted 08-12-2010 07:26 PM

Not sure on everything going on in your life, but never give up. There are alot of great people to surrond yourself with here. I’m always surprised on how great the people are on this site. Hang in there and keep making saw dust my friend.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#15 posted 08-12-2010 08:19 PM

i think he may of shot himself

-- cut it saw it scrap it SKPE: ANDREW.CARTER69

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