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Blog entry by Cozmo35 posted 04-02-2011 03:15 AM 6422 reads 0 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I do woodworking in my garage. That is my shop. After SEVERAL years of trying, I have not been able to get my wife to park out front. She wants her car covered. But, that is the female mind at work and it is WAY beyond a mere mortal like me to understand. But when I am ready to make sawdust, I back it out and and so my thang.

While in the garage today, I noticed that I have acquired some fairly nice tools. I was thinking how lucky I was to have them and made the decision to stop what I was doing and preform the needed maintenance to each and every one. If I take care of my tools, they will last longer. SO,...I pulled out the air compressor and blew all of the old saw dust out of them, replaced dull blades, lubed pivot points, checked wiring for cracks and generally cleaned up the place.

I have always said, “one day I’ll have a really nice shop where I can have everything plugged in and I can do away with extension cords”. Well today I learned that that is not all it’s cracked up to be. I had my planer sitting on top of my table saw and the table saw blade was cranked down below the table top. I put my planer on top and plugged it in to another extension cord. Well, not paying attention to what I was doing and I turned on the table saw instead of the planer! Thank goodness, the blade was below the surface of the table top. That right there made me think that having every thing hooked up at once was not really a good idea with me not being use to it. I felt really stupid at what I just done.

Anyway, had a great day in the sawdust fields today!

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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#1 posted 04-02-2011 03:22 AM

be very careful cleaning the shop

the wife may want a spare car
in a different color

maintenance is a good idea

-- 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 04-02-2011 04:44 AM

Great story. One thing I will say is that it gets worse as you get older. I like to call these episodes ‘senior moments’. The other day I was making lunch for my wife and I whilst at the same time making a cup of coffee. I emptied the soup into the saucepan and poured the milk into the cups. Then I proceeded to put the milk in the bin and the empty soup tin back in the fridge instead of the other way around.

I also walk into rooms a lot and can’t remember what I went there for. Thank god I work mostly with hand tools.

-- Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#3 posted 04-02-2011 10:36 AM

I too thought that way until I finally managed to have a tool for everything and all plugged in and connected to dust ducting and all that stuff… now have to remember to open and shut blastgates and turn the DC on… lucky it is remote controlled.. just have to remember to put the darn thing in my pocket instead of having to walk over to the DC to get the remote…LOL… sometime things are better left simple… one chisel, one saw, and one plane… NAH!!!!

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#4 posted 04-02-2011 12:05 PM

I was going to clean my shop today, but will use your story as an excuse not to. After all, I might do something absentmindedly and hurt myself. Think I’ll just turn some bowls instead. Thanks for posting.

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#5 posted 04-02-2011 12:56 PM

I started doing that kind of stuff a lot when I was overdosed on Topamax; max confusion ;-(( In January, I saw a neurologist for the first time in 5 years, he wanted to try a different style of migraine prevention. All it did was make them worse, and worse than that, it exacerbated the old Topamax side effects that have reduced but never quite gone away ;-(( Today I mixed up wires no matter how hard I tried to keep them straight. I remember when that first started a few weeks before the idiot doubled the dose. Wish I had known he didn’t read the hazmat data sheet from the mfr! Probably a good thing I wasn’t using the table saw, jointer or planer today! Glad you had your blade down. I usually don’t since the kids grew up and left home, but I think I had better start doing it again.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#6 posted 04-02-2011 02:01 PM

I agree with Brit. It does seem to get worse as you get older. Being in a foreign environment (ie – a clean shop – even if it is yours) can really play havoc on our minds. The older I get the more I find myself liking things routine and orderly. I don’t necessarily think it is a bad thing. It is good though to go through a mental check list before turning stuff on. I know it seems like a pain in the butt, but once you are in the habit, it really isn’t that bad. The important thing is to be careful and not hurt yourself. It is easier to see a potential danger in a clean, uncluttered shop than one that is disorganized. I am really glad your saw blade was down and everything was OK.

(PS – If it were me, I wouldn’t be looking for a new car if I had more room in the garage, but I would certainly be thinking of what other tools I could get! ;) I guess I am not just your average girl) LOL

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#7 posted 04-02-2011 02:34 PM

Oh no Mike… Please tell me you’re not coming down with “Old Timers”

I feel your pain bud. I remember doing something kind of similar a while back with my band saw. I clearly had my head up my butt when I was meaning to adjust the throat. I had my hand right there really close to the blade and instead of loosening the adjustment knob… Yup! I turned it on. Scarred the mess out of me and made me realize I had to have my head in the game at all times. I got really lucky..

Glad you where able to escape a hard learned lesson like me Mike….

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#8 posted 04-02-2011 03:04 PM

I have a small garage shop too and am constant having to unplug and pug in tools. I constantly have to remind myself to make sure materials are clear of the tools, blades and bits are clear of hazards, and the power switches are off before I plug in a new tool. I have had an accident yet but I have come close a few times to absentmindedly plugging in a new tool before I remember to double-check that everything is safe.

Like Maveric777 said, we have to have our head in the game, and our attention in the moment, at all times.

-- Best regards, Jack -- I may not be good, but I'm slow --

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#9 posted 04-02-2011 03:16 PM

Actually, this is a good story! Part of the whole accident prevention thing is planning for the odd thing that “might” happen. I always run the blade down on the table saw after a cut because it is something that my grandpa and dad insisted on when I worked in their shops. It is just habit now. I do the same thing at the router table.

-- "Find out what you cannot do and then go do it!"

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#10 posted 04-02-2011 05:58 PM

As with the others, I can appreciate what you experienced. I never kid myself into thinking that such things won’t happen to me. For indeed they already have. Thanks be to God that I have not been injured. I’m glad that nothing serious happened to you. Those kinds of events serve as eye openers and heart stoppers to help us remember the very real dangers of our hobby. Those momentary lapses will inevitably come. Knowing this should cause us to be all the more alert as we go forward with our trade.

-- Doug - Make an effort to live by the slogan "We try harder"

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#11 posted 04-02-2011 06:35 PM

Some women just don’t get it! Glad to hear you didn’t hurt anything.

-- Terri, Rocky Mountain High Colorado!

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#12 posted 04-02-2011 09:08 PM

I have told you before … that carport for her to park under ….you can always inclose it later
to exstend your shop into it tooo :-)
and a carport is a great exstend to a shop :-)

take car with those wires …please


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#13 posted 04-02-2011 11:18 PM

I guess I’m lucky having been a garage owner for so many years I have always called the shots with the family cars when they were serviced, when I changed them & for what models we had at one point 6 cars & a 2 car garage at home so they never lived inside it just naturally evolved into my woodworkshop so I’m with Dennis explain to your good lady how you are going to make her life so easy & her car so accesible by building a carport just for her lol ;-) As for stupid I had my hands full the other day so i put my workpiece down on the table of my surface sander,went over to the wall outlet turned on the power & went back to the machine & just turned it on not thinking…...I suddenly remembered were I had left my workpiece as it attacked me!
It’s hard getting old sometimes
God bless & keep your mind on the job

-- God created wood that we may create. Trevor East Yorkshire UK

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#14 posted 05-14-2011 11:17 PM

Guess what.. I have a 1,250 sq ft studio with four rooms and 14 ft high ceilings. STILL I cover every surface with junk and wood, and tools. I have every means to keep my place organized and I still loose my goggles, rulers, and coffee mugs. I still limit myself to two extension cords because I am only one guy (with the occasional assistant or student) and if everything is plugged in it seems Anything can go wrong. I have thanked myself a hundred times for unplugging my router or table saw… or lathe. Seems I always need that one extra moment to gather my head and focus … before I see that what I was about to do was either wrong or dangerous… yet there I am… finger on the trigger and thankful it was not plugged in.

-- " 'Truth' is like a beautiful flower, unique to each plant and to the season it blossoms ... 'Fact' is the root and leaf, allowing the plant grow and bloom again."

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#15 posted 07-21-2011 08:53 PM

My shop consists of a large, plastic storage box, a hand carried tool box and where ever I can find enough shade to work…. you guys with your garages, carports and 1250sf studios with four rooms and 14ft ceilings!!! GEEEEZZZ!!! I have ONE grounded outlet… that gives me a fan and one extention cord… and I am damn glad to have it HA!

Happy to hear you are ok… oh, be very, very careful when discussing people who share your workspace… Vengance may be the lord’s but, REVENGE is a completely different story…. if you get my drift.

-- 'I sand, therefore, I am'. Richard. PNW.

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