Trials and Tribulations #6: Unexpected Costs of Woodworking

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Blog entry by DamnYankee posted 02-03-2012 04:24 AM 1442 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Okay, we probably have all spent more on a project because we miss cut a piece of wood, or changed our mind about the finish and started over.

Well this week I ran into a rather unexpected (though somehow I doubt unique) “cost overrun”.

I damaged my washing machine with various items that I had failed to empty out of my grubby shop pants (an old pair of cargo-pocketed jeans). The washer started making a very nasty grinding noise one night this past week. When I investigated the cause of the noise (which required removing – and thus breaking the connecting tabs – of one of the baffles) I discovered 1×6” steel ruler, 1x stubby pencil, about 4x screws, a couple of nails, etc rolling around between the inner and outer drums and in the sump. The cost came in purchasing a new baffle.

I wonder how many other of my fellow LJs have had other woodworking “cost overruns”.

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#1 posted 02-03-2012 04:36 AM

I have had the same thing happen to me, only i left screws in my pockets and they got stuck in the dryer and it tore the felt drum bearings out. It cost me a new dryer and my wife will not let me forget it.

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#2 posted 02-03-2012 04:41 AM

My wife broke me of leaving stuff in my pockets.

When we got married we made a deal…. either I clean out my pockets and unroll my shirt sleeves or she gets to keep everything she finds in the washer and dryer.

I left a roll of 12 $100 bills in my pants pocket once.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#3 posted 02-03-2012 05:08 AM

My biggest problem is we will get dressed to go somewhere. I will run out to the shop just to put that one more coat of finish and you can guess what happens then.
Dallas I tell my wife she can keep what she finds in the washer. She might get a quarter a dime. I am a cheep skate. I am so tight I squeak when I walk.
My pocket knives and lighter are clean.
Great subject Rob

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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KTMM (Krunkthemadman)

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#4 posted 02-03-2012 05:51 AM

When I built the first arcade machine my buddy and I were staining the carcass. I had just told him to not knock off the can of stain because it was on a sawhorse. No sooner than I said that I knocked nearly the whole quart on him instantly changing the color of his shirt, shorts, socks shoes and skin on one side.

-- Practice does not make perfect. Only perfect practice makes perfect. Vince Lombardi

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#5 posted 02-03-2012 05:21 PM

dats funny. I usually leave my a floss-pic in a pocket somewhere. it doesn’t do any damage, but, the wifee reminds me always: hey moron, empty yer pockets

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#6 posted 02-03-2012 05:54 PM

Always nice when the sharpie finds its way into the dryer… I needed new shirts anyway.

-- I'm not as good as I once was, but I'm as good once as I ever was.

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#7 posted 02-03-2012 06:16 PM

No, how about when the plans with your measurements of joinery goes through the wash and the numbers come out looking like smeared lipstick.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#8 posted 02-03-2012 06:19 PM

Just finished cleaning my IPOD ear phones. At least I didn’t leave the IPOD in the pocket! You’s think she would check for those things!!LOL

-- Wayne, New Hampshire

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