The worst part of Woodworking is...

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Blog entry by Allen posted 04-12-2007 09:49 PM 998 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Being forced to do something else. Here I sit at work, trying to hang on for another hour knowing that at home I have a race-car bed that I’ve built for my boy that needs to be painted and assembled and that I have some quarter-sawn white oak in my basement that I really need to take to class tonight and make into something clock-shaped.

So much wood to be played with, so much time being wasted on things like earning a living…

-- We may never know who let the dogs out, but I'd bet anything PETA was involved.

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#1 posted 04-12-2007 09:55 PM

soon you will be done watching the clock and busy making a clock :)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#2 posted 04-12-2007 10:21 PM

Unfortunately, work gets in the way of lots of fun.

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#3 posted 04-12-2007 10:23 PM

Don’t forget to let your son help you…as best he can. You will build a great book of memories with him and hopefully instill in him a good work ethic. Too many of my teenage son’s friends don’t even know what a handsaw is…they think its a power tool! They don’t know the difference between a finish nail and framing nail. Oh well, our parents probably had their complants about us too : ) Enjoy!

-- Greg - Charles Town, WV

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#4 posted 04-12-2007 10:27 PM

Allen – I share your pain.

For me the worst part is having to stop so you can eat or sleep. Right now, I have to wait 2 1/2 hours till I can leave work and head for my shop.

I played golf for 25 years and thought that was addictive. Woodworking is more addicting to me, especially when you finish a project and it turns out really good. Much more satisfaction then either of my two holes-in-one.

-- Fred Childs, Pasadena, CA - - - Law of the Workshop: Any tool, when dropped, will roll to the least accessible corner.

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#5 posted 04-13-2007 12:02 AM

hum…it could be worst…you could have to work over time.

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#6 posted 04-13-2007 12:14 AM

Ya, I remember those days that your head is somewhere else and the time does not pass…

That’s the reason that I retired at the age of 56 and now, I’m the boss of my free time (well, not exactly, my wife has also some authorities…)


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#7 posted 04-13-2007 12:45 AM

a class and a bed to look forward too, that’s something…. My thoughts at work used to be home, and my thoughts at home used to (try not to be) work. I know I’m a lumberjock know that my thoughts in both jobs (home reno and at the office) and my thoughts at home generally pertain to woodworking…

For the past 6+ months of having two very different jobs, I tried to avoid answering that whole “what do you do” question. Know I tell people I”m a woodworker. (Because our paycheck doesn’t define who we really are!)

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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