In the beginning #2: Sweet Progress - I may have a problem

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Blog entry by DonLumberJohnson posted 07-05-2013 05:43 PM 1168 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Can you be addicted to woodworking?

At this point I am finding more solutions than problems, partially thanks to lumberjocks.

The work is challenging enough to keep me striving to achieve the illusive gold standard, pro-status, tradesman vice hobbyist. Still, I have no idea what accurate to one thousandth of an inch looks like.

My tools and equipment are tuned well (hysterical laughing) and my technique is almost good enough to put flaws in the barely perceptible range.

That range is mine and will surely change as well as I progress.

I am planning my next project long before my current one is finished, working well enough into the night to worry about noise complaints, and running out of money for wood.

I even lied about what I was doing at 7am on a Saturday.

One of three things has to happen:

1. I can start taking charitable donations for penniless woodworkers.

2. Find a support group and swear it off for life.

3. Get good enough to support myself lumberjocking.

I am currently taking suggestions for dealing with a lumber addiction.

-- Don, Roanoke VA

8 comments so far

View AngieO's profile


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#1 posted 07-05-2013 06:37 PM

LOL! I feel ya! I am also addicted to woodworking. I have a more serious addiction as well. I have a wood addiction. And since I do not have the money for wood… I find free stuff… EVERYWHERE. My kids have gotten to the point where they will distract me if we drive by somewhere that has a pile of wood or pallets. I’ve made some interesting things out of my FREE wood.

I say go with #1 and #3 LOL! It’s too fun to swear off.

I too have been out in the shop late and would think if I was bothering the neighbors. They have no worries about me at 7am on a Saturday… but midnight Friday night… Yes!!!

View MT_Stringer's profile


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#2 posted 07-05-2013 06:49 PM

I think you need to buy a new cabinet table saw of your choosing! :-)
It will make your head swell!

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#3 posted 07-05-2013 08:01 PM

You’re calling back lots of memories for me. Times when I lived in town and worried about noise. Other times when I made so many mistakes in any one project that I wondered why I had invested so much money and time in something that I obviously couldn’t do. Just wait until you turn out that first project that get’s all the ooooo’s and aaaaah’s and your head swells with pride. You’ll get over this hump just as we all have.

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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Monte Pittman

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#4 posted 07-06-2013 12:40 AM

Virtually every one on this site is addicted or we wouldn’t be here.

Angie, you are not addicted to the wood. You like a lot of the rest of us are referred to as wood hoarders. Even though I have lots of stacks of wood, it bothers me to use it. So what if I have 5-6 thousand board feet stacked here. I would rather have 10-12 thousand board feet stacked here. What if I run out?

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#5 posted 07-06-2013 01:07 AM

Yep, yer in the right place. We’re all wood nuts!

Monte does have a small problem but we try to ignore it! (“5-6 thousand board feet” and looking for more)

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

View AngieO's profile


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#6 posted 07-06-2013 04:02 AM

Lol! Too funny.

But seriously… I may run out. I don’t know what happens when I run out. I don’t want to find out either


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Rob Drown

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#7 posted 07-06-2013 06:14 AM

My name is rob and I just love wood. All kinds! I hope I never run out!

Angie you are doing great! Raising 4 kids a job and getting some shop time. Good for you!!

-- The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools. Confucius, 经过艰苦的努力的梦想可以成真

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#8 posted 07-06-2013 01:43 PM

I’ve been building anything and everything for about 8 years now and getting paid for it. It’s not my full time job, but a little extra money. I still make lots of mistakes, I could use more and better tools, but I get to do what I love and don’t have to pay for it myself or figure out what to do with what I’ve built. All of my work comes from word of mouth. You will find that once you start building things for people and they are happy with what you made, they will tell other people.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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