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Forum topic by Glenn posted 01-21-2010 05:28 AM 2759 views 0 times favorited 32 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-21-2010 05:28 AM

You know it’s getting ridiculous when your neighbor across the street cuts down a couple of dying trees, piles the wood by the road (to presumably be hauled away to the dump), and you sneak over under cover of darkness with your child’s little red wagon and haul back several choice logs to turn into bowls and cut up into pen blanks (three trips).

And furthermore when you spend as much time at work as you can reasonably get away with building stuff in Sketchup as a surrogate to working in your workshop at home.

And I won’t even mention the tool buying because I know that topic has pretty much been beaten to death here already.

I am pathetic and should be ashamed…

-- Glenn, Arkansas

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#1 posted 01-21-2010 05:43 AM

you know its getting rediculous when your next door neighbours are sweepin sawdust out the frontdoor of their house…mine complain all the time :P

-- M.K.

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#2 posted 01-21-2010 05:54 AM

My name is Charlie, and I’m a toolaholic.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#3 posted 01-21-2010 06:35 AM

You know it is getting rediculous when you convert your living room into a permanent spray booth with hanging plastic and moving blankets laying out all over the floors. Then when the great deal table saw comes on sale but we have no room for it in our 2 car garage shop, my wife says lets store it in the dining room. But truly, our woodworking has made my family so unconventional I think even woodworkers would look at our life style like we have two heads on our shoulders.

-- .

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#4 posted 01-21-2010 10:37 AM

It’s bad when you go up to complete strangers and ask if you could scavange through thier ‘off cuts’ firewood pile. Then they get out and help you do it!!!!!

-- Theresa,

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#5 posted 01-21-2010 01:09 PM

In my small town. It would be no problem with that at all, I helped cut up a couple of trees from a storm we had. She had no fireplace I do. She said you cut it up you can have. It funny when my neighbor howllers out at me and asks if i’m doing anything today. Were both retired and he just turned 83.

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#6 posted 01-21-2010 02:26 PM

It’s not pathetic, It’s a way of Life!

-- Mark,

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#7 posted 01-21-2010 03:09 PM

I nearly crashed my work truck the other day staring at an enormous maple that a park cut down because it was not safe. So many trees, so little time.

-- ShawnH "In matters of style, swim with the current. In matters of principle, stand like a rock." Thomas Jefferson

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#8 posted 01-21-2010 05:07 PM

Is it weird to drive 180 miles one way, rent a motel room and pay $7.00 a bf for 50 bf of mesquite?

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#9 posted 01-21-2010 05:17 PM

We are forming a Woodworkers Anonymous support group here. We plan to meet on Saturday mornings … the only problem is, the meetings will be in the backroom of the machine shop where most of us buy our tools.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#10 posted 01-21-2010 06:43 PM

The first step is admitting we have a problem…. I am not ready to do that.

-- Have thy tools ready. God will find thee work.

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#11 posted 01-21-2010 07:02 PM

Nice to know I’m in good company. I don’t feel so bad now.

Funny that now we are staring at trees on the side of the road. I seem to remember a time when it wasn’t trees I was staring at. i believe the actor william h. macy said on the tonight show, after being asked what “fine woodworking” was, “it’s the penthouse for men over 50.” he had been interviewed earlier that day for an article on bowl turning.

I almost drove 200 miles to Hot Springs to buy 250 bd ft of cypress for $2 a bd ft. Problem was, i didn’t know how i could use all that cypress. i realized i was just buying wood to buy wood.

-- Glenn, Arkansas

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#12 posted 01-22-2010 12:47 AM

Problem ? What problem ? I don’t see a problem, do you see a problem ?

-- RTB. stray animals are just looking for love

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#13 posted 01-22-2010 12:55 AM

It’s the simple things in life like the kids at home and a loving wife, that you miss the most when you lose control. Everything you love starts to dissappear, the devil takes your hand and says no fear get another shop, just one more year, I’ve been there, that’s why I’m here.

-- ~ Inspiring those who inspire me ~

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#14 posted 01-22-2010 01:10 AM

Where I stay everything is concrete. If I want any free timber for woodturning I must be willing to go into a logging area and dig out the tree stumps. The loggers sometimes left three foot high stumps . Do you think it a waste of good resource? Those tree stumps are valuable wood but who really cares.

If I have the means I would go into the forest and get out all the good tree stumps and turn them into tables and chairs or cut them up into blocks and export them as woodturning blocks.

-- asm

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#15 posted 01-22-2010 01:13 AM

What’s pathetic is that you waited till dark to get your wood. I normally catch it as it is cut off the tree…gets less dirty that way.

-- Make Woodworking Great Again!

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