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Forum topic by Sandra posted 11-04-2012 06:12 PM 2122 views 0 times favorited 43 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-04-2012 06:12 PM

Just read a post by GrandpaLen in which he quoted “Ya wouldn’t try to slice a tomato with an ax would ya?”
Something told to him that obviously stuck with him. It made me think about the expressions I’ve heard that have stayed with me because I eventually realized how true they are. It seems to me that most of the good ones would apply to work in the shop.

One of my favourites is :”no matter how hard you try, you can’t polish a turd”

Anyone else have a good one?


-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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#1 posted 11-04-2012 06:41 PM

ah …. but as woodworkers

we can cast them in clear epoxy
and make paperweights
or key bobs with them

‘mistakes are the best teachers’
(of course you do have to remember them)

-- 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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#2 posted 11-04-2012 06:59 PM

you can’t teach common sense!!!!!!

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#3 posted 11-04-2012 07:09 PM

I like the one’s,one of my buddy uses ” You can’t fix stupid” and “don’t pee on my leg and tell me it’s raining”


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#4 posted 11-04-2012 07:12 PM

You can’t fix stupid.

You spot it… you got it.

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

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#5 posted 11-04-2012 07:18 PM

Ooh. Good ones.

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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#6 posted 11-04-2012 07:20 PM

I can explain it to you but I can’t understand it for you.

-- A posse ad esse

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#7 posted 11-04-2012 07:21 PM

My father in law use to say, re ducks, one of it’s legs are both the same.


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#8 posted 11-04-2012 10:17 PM

Off topic, but I love it –
“Eating healthy does not make you live longer – it just seems longer”

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#9 posted 11-04-2012 11:07 PM

“Lord, They listen, but they don’t hear”

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#10 posted 11-04-2012 11:16 PM

“When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. Then add some vodka and you’ll have a real party!”

-- Measure with a micrometer, mark with a crayon, cut it with a chainsaw.

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#11 posted 11-05-2012 01:38 AM

“When you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is stop digging”

It applies in so many things. For woodworking, it usually means it is time to put down what you are doing and walk away for a while. You end up getting a chance to clear your had and examine where you are at.

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#12 posted 11-05-2012 01:42 AM

I don’t have an expression but a thought on one. I always hear people say they are a person that considers the glass “half full.” Ever notice no one seems to care about whats in the glass? If someone were to hold a glass of pee and say it is “half empty” I would have to say that person is an optimist :)

-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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#13 posted 11-05-2012 01:43 AM

Be tough…..... you’ve got to be tough when you’re stupid…..

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#14 posted 11-05-2012 01:44 AM

Lumber2Sawdust’s post reminded me of one I’ve heard. I think it was a quote from general Grant.
“When your horse dies, dismount”


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#15 posted 11-05-2012 02:21 AM

I’m loving these.

Another good one IMHO “If you always do what you always did,
You’ll always get what you always got.”

And along the lines of David Craig’s comment – when people say “It was in the last place I looked” I always think,
“of course it was in the last place you looked. Once you found it, I presume you stopped looking…..”

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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