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Blog entry by Dan'um Style posted 11-11-2007 04:50 AM 1297 reads 2 times favorited 30 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Thought this might be fun. In a trimmed down Peco’s-Bill-style everyone has story or two to tell.

I’ll start the list.

#1

In the summer after my eightth grade, my family moved out of town to a small farm 5 miles outside of Ames, Iowa. Cornfield country.

My father was a bricklayer, but he could make about anything.

Borrowing one of his wood chisels, I started tossing it around like it was a magicians throwing knife. I learned to stick-it into almost anything. Tree. posts, side of the barn, fifty-gallon drums etc. Pretty soon I was hunting with it. Practicing all the time. The whole summer.

I learned to sharpen it on the concrete :to make it pointy again” and everything. Anyhow about a couple days laterl a pack of blackbirds was flying over, landing on the telephone wires. I tossed the chisel and stuck a bird first try.

True Story, believe it on not !!

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain



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Karson

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#1 posted 11-11-2007 04:52 AM

The ASPCA will be after you.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia karsonwm@gmail.com †

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#2 posted 11-11-2007 05:11 AM

hope not ..,,,,, I didn’t mean to !!!!

whoops forgot to say ,the bird got up and flew away !! forgot that part.

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#3 posted 11-11-2007 05:26 AM

Good reply.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia karsonwm@gmail.com †

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mot

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#4 posted 11-11-2007 05:26 AM

I have a dent in my skull where my dad hit me with a hammer after he caught me sharpening his chisels on the concrete. :)

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#5 posted 11-11-2007 05:28 AM

I have big bricklayer boot foot prints on my rear end !

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#6 posted 11-11-2007 05:41 AM

I remember once getting in such trouble with my Dad, and it was not even my fault! My brother and his best friend “borrowed” my Dad’s heavy duty safety glasses (I’m not sure exactly what they were for, maybe some welding). Well needless to say they broke them. I, the little look up to your brother little, sister was talked into putting the glasses back in the toolbox. I got caught. That was the only time my Dad ever spanked me. Boy did I have a red seat. Never quite trusted my brother’s pleadings after that either. I can laugh about it now, but I can still feel my Daddy’s hand on my rear. Wow that hurt!

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#7 posted 11-11-2007 07:30 AM

my wifes brother Joe, when he was 17 (he’s 50 now), aimed a electric drill at his head and got it stuck in his long hair. Completelly tangled up his hair wrapped around the chuck and sucked drill bit into skull.

He had to cut off his long hair from the tangled mess and lived with short hair for awhile.

My wife Peggy says her brother descided he didn’t like the drill and stuck to working on cars. She seriously thinks he might had been older, but doesn’t remember now.

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#8 posted 11-11-2007 12:27 PM

Wow Dan, don’t let brother in law anywhere near your shop, might pick up a nail gun and hurt someone, like himself.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased." http://www.cajunpen.com/

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Zuki

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#9 posted 11-11-2007 04:23 PM

Several years after my father entered the electrical business he had an apprentice working with him. This guy had long hair and Dad warned him to get it cut or tie it back cause the drill could catch it . . . but he didnt. One day when up several flights of scaffolding the wind picked up and this guys hair got twisted up in the auger bit in Dad’s 3/4” drill. The guy was fighting with Dad as he did not want to cut his hair . . . all this while the drill was snuggled up quite closely to the side of his head. Im not sure how Dad “convinced” him to cut the hair . . . but he did get the job done on time and the drill was not hurt in the process. :-)

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#10 posted 11-11-2007 04:37 PM

Sounds like a scene from Saw.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke." www.flickr.com/photos/gizmodyne

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#11 posted 11-11-2007 05:37 PM

When I was about seventeen, I was making a custom stock for my rifle. I remember it was a monday morning because I drove into town to get a haircut. Barber shops are closed an Mondays, so I went back home.

I was using a drill with a sanding drum on it. I guess I was leaning over a little, and the next thing I knew, my hair got sucked into the motor of the drill. Pulled the drill right up to my head rather quickly. It was also quite painful.

I had to get my father to cut the drill away from my head with a razor blade.

I still cross the street when I see a drill. LOL

Lee

-- by Lee A. Jesberger http://www.prowoodworkingtips.com http://www.ezee-feed.com

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#12 posted 11-11-2007 05:42 PM

Back when i was about 12 years old i needed to fix the handelbars on my bike. I tightened them with wrenches and that just didnt work at all. Dad has a welder and i just had to give it a try. When dad got home and caught me without a welding hood on it was more than my eyes that hurt. The seat of my pants were just as hot as the handelbars.

-- bryano

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Karson

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#13 posted 11-11-2007 05:42 PM

I have had some painful wrists after having 1/2 drills going through some steel and then turning the drill and not the bit.

Very careful about that now.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia karsonwm@gmail.com †

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Douglas Bordner

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#14 posted 11-11-2007 08:14 PM

I mounted a 10 inch blank on my Jet Mini Lathe, with the speed in the low 1000 rpm. When I turned it on the lathe began to buck, so I jumped on the ways and rode it around the shop until I ran out of cord. Made it over 20 seconds!

Oh, trimmed down Peco’s-Bill-style . Never mind.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#15 posted 11-11-2007 08:16 PM

yeee-haw!

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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