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I hesitated on whether to post this to a "woodworking" project, but offer it up with the question: "Has this ever happened to you?"

Wife sees a Christmas craft project online: "Wouldn't this be cute for our grandchildren? Why don't you make some?"

Me: "Yes it would. But it's only about $20 and includes shipping. Why don't we just buy them and drop ship to the kids?"

Wife: "Oh, but then they wouldn't be made by grandpa."

Me: "I gotta feeling there's a bad cost/value tradeoff here…. but okay dear."

The woodworking portion of this little dude (I actually made two) required maybe one hour of my time. However, the craft portion…not so easy. About one week later, several trips to big box stores and craft stores (who knew Hobby Lobby has a entire row of glitter…or so it seemed), and about $20 in materials, I finished two Countdown to Christmas snow men. Add in $10 each to ship, I figured I got $40 invested and lord only knows how many hours.

But grandpa made 'em. Yes, dear. And so it goes.

Now, back to woodworking on Christmas gifts….

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I feel your pain. On the plus side that looks a boatload better, and will last years longer, than the 20 dollah special that you tried to get your wife to go for. It was gonna be some junkqe.

Plus there is that Grandpa made it thing, and that is priceless. So good on you for making the kids smile.
 

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yeah there gonna be giving that to their own kids some day along with the special memories.for me id do the wood working part but then the wife would take over the "crafting" part of the project.i dont do glitter,except man glitter-lol.
 

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Awesome project!!!
 

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"Happy Wife - Happy Life" And isn't it better than listening to her complain about the factory made ones breaking and then having to fix them? And the next time take the hint from Pottz and have her help with the crafting part (or at least the shopping for crafting parts) so that you can say "Grandma and Grandpa made this." :)

Great job and with the New Disney movie out this year snowmen are VERY popular.

Thanks for posting.
 

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SAWDUST is "man-glitter!"

Nice project and YOU GET to live another DAY too!
 

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Wait - you did get a new tool for taking on this project - right?

Nice work. Grandpa's workshop brings everyone closer and creates traditions!

And, I have a lot more "man glitter" than I need in my basement shop!

Happy Thanksgiving & Merry Christmas
 

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yeah i think he missed the opporrtunity to say i need this tool or i wont be able to make the project.how could she say no :)
 

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My wife is the other way around..she'll go out and buy what I could make and then ask me to fix it when it breaks…or I have to replace parts with real "wood" rather than pressed boards!

Cheers, Jim
 

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I "just do it"
Keep my mouth shut
and enjoy my face covered in glitter
Otherwise as Jim said, as above.
BTW I don't think I have ever made something that I could honestly say that could not be bought cheaper elsewhere but I enjoy what I am doing.

What did I do with the sras tribute veneer activity? I turned it into a tabletop!! did I need to? .... no not really but i did anyway.

 

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Nice job and congratulations on your 'Daily Top 3' award.
 
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