When to give up woodworking

  • Advertise with us

« back to Woodworking Skill Share forum

Forum topic by HallTree posted 12-31-2010 10:28 PM 6446 views 0 times favorited 49 replies Add to Favorites Watch
View HallTree's profile


5666 posts in 4744 days

12-31-2010 10:28 PM

A friend sent me the following funny photo:


After a little smile, I thought ‘When should one give up woodworking’?
We have all read and seen a ton of post on safety, and the one that stands out is:
Your mind is the most important safety factor in your workshop!
No mater how good or bad that power tool is in your shop, it’s up to you to deside on how to use it.
But, for most of us, as we get older the mind does not think as fast as it did in the past.
So, my question is:
What signs do you think we older LumberJocks should look for to tell us ‘when to give up woodworking’?

-- "Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life" Solomon

49 replies so far

View ClayandNancy's profile


532 posts in 3992 days

#1 posted 12-31-2010 10:46 PM

When the dog in our shop looks like that.

View SCOTSMAN's profile


5849 posts in 4562 days

#2 posted 12-31-2010 10:53 PM

Never so long as your breathing !!! that’s my opinion.
I have had many hobbies playing classical guitar /folk guitar watercolour painting, photography, etc ,etc ,etc , never has any hobby like woodworking woodturning machining where I have my workshops given me so much pleasure.I never grow tired of thinking of my woodshop or machining shop I dream about them read about them when I am not in them.The art and I think of it as art,of making things to your best ability and getting better has never flouted my interest at all .I am always constantly heart and soul there, even when I am not physically.
God bless and good new year to all. Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

View sras's profile


5765 posts in 4106 days

#3 posted 12-31-2010 11:16 PM

I think it is more of a matter of what tools are no longer reasonable to use. There is always another form of woodworking. There is a good chance that there will come a time when table saws and routers don’t make sense, but scroll saws and other bench top power tools are likely to still be an option. Then there are all the woodworking crafts that only require hand tools…

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

View terrilynne's profile


836 posts in 3870 days

#4 posted 12-31-2010 11:22 PM

Never! It is true the mind slows down , so does your body, but as you get older you realize, why hurry?

-- Terri, Rocky Mountain High Colorado!

View Dennisgrosen's profile


10880 posts in 4092 days

#5 posted 12-31-2010 11:25 PM

Sras : what woodcraft require powertools ? :-)

I wuold say it was the other way around :-)

take care

View SCOTSMAN's profile


5849 posts in 4562 days

#6 posted 12-31-2010 11:25 PM

We are truly designed in our lives to reach a peak then slowly drift to a trough ,neither is unpleasent.I am only 59 but I am not they guy I was at thirty.And I am proud of it.I don’t need any longer to do it all today. Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

View Knothead62's profile


2600 posts in 3937 days

#7 posted 12-31-2010 11:31 PM

Ve get too old too soon und too schmart too late- Pennsylvania Dutch saying.
A senior comedian on the Comedy Channel said that he had been driving for 60 years and never had an accident. A lot of people behind him have, though.

View Billp's profile


804 posts in 5176 days

#8 posted 01-01-2011 12:13 AM

When the thing inside the wooden box is you.

-- Billp

View sras's profile


5765 posts in 4106 days

#9 posted 01-01-2011 12:17 AM

Good point Dennis – Power tools only make things happen faster – both the good and the bad. I can’t think of a thing that requires power tools – except for maybe very large works where the time savings is essential.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

View brianinpa's profile


1812 posts in 4699 days

#10 posted 01-01-2011 12:18 AM

Billp, I think I like your definition the best.

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

View ND2ELK's profile


13494 posts in 4750 days

#11 posted 01-01-2011 12:23 AM

When you have to cut between the two lines and there is only one.

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

View tomd's profile


2221 posts in 4747 days

#12 posted 01-01-2011 12:31 AM

When it’s no longer fun, enjoyable and interesting. Or when you pull my cold dead hand off that router.

-- Tom D

View Dez's profile


1172 posts in 5054 days

#13 posted 01-01-2011 04:17 AM

When it is more aggravation than pleasure!

-- Folly ever comes cloaked in opportunity!

View TJ65's profile


1398 posts in 4026 days

#14 posted 01-01-2011 04:20 AM

There is ALWAYS something to do within woodworking to suit your skills and abilities. The questiion is, if you want to do those things and readjust to suit your mindset.
I work in the aged care industry and see many different people at many different levels of health and well being. I know of one lady who has recently turned 90 and has only just started playing with wood and carves. Not so good …yet, but for a 90 year old beginner, she is bloody marvelous!
Another person who has dementia just loves tinkering to feel as though he is doing something worthwhile. He tries to make toys for small kids. I really dont think they are particulary welcomed by the kids as they are well…. basic and not finished well. But he certainly gets a sense of achievement out of doing something.

So you see, it doesn’t matter how old you are but how you feel !

-- Theresa,

View Mark's profile


1817 posts in 4250 days

#15 posted 01-01-2011 04:57 AM

when you get off to your tools n no longer your wife

-- M.K.

showing 1 through 15 of 49 replies

Have your say...

You must be signed in to reply.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics