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Blog entry by Shawn Sealer posted 06-07-2010 05:09 AM 5560 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Like so many of us in this struggling to recover economy. It was difficult to do a lot of holiday shopping this past Christmas season. The money just wasn’t there. So what I wound up giving my wife was a lot of promises, promises I am finding difficult to keep. There were three projects that my wife wanted me to do. A bookcase for our basement / office area, she is a teacher and could use some more storage (it looks like a library threw up down here, don’t tell her that I said that). A corner kitchen hutch, that she saw while I was watching The New Yankee Workshop, and last but not least two closet organizers for the master bedroom. We are now in June and I haven’t started working on any of them. The financial situation is not any better then it was in December. So what is a loving really good-looking husband to do? Well I think I have a couple options. Option 1 is to run away to a cabin in northern Canada where she will be unable to find me. Option 2 Convince her that I never told her that I would make these projects for her. Option 3 (the only one that doesn’t result in castration) Scale back the projects. The corner hutch is a painted project that is made out of birch ply and poplar so that wouldn’t be too bad cost wise. For the bookcase, I was going to make a solid wood case with glass frame and panel doors in the arts and craft theme. I think I will be able to scale back on this project. If I scrap the doors and make the carcass out of oak ply, I will be able to cut down the cost considerably. And the project that will cost the most the closet organizer. I could only do her closet, but I think it would be better to do them at the same time so that the wood will match. This is the one that worries me, so I might have to let this one go. Well two out of three is not too bad right? I guess I could always reconsider option 1 and 2, oh wait castration that’s right never mind.

-- -Shawn

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#1 posted 06-07-2010 08:02 AM

What to do? keep yourselves in as sound a financial condition as [possible.

-- 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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#2 posted 06-07-2010 11:51 AM

I agree with Topamax: You never want to cut your’e selves short especially these days.

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#3 posted 06-07-2010 12:07 PM

I feel your pain. You might consider making the bulk of the projects in veneered particle board with some solids for the face frames. Provided it doesnt flood they will out live you.

With BP’s problems, Greece, Spain and Portugal tettering on bankruptcy, poor job growth in the USA, it wouldnt surpise me if we headed into a second recession… save your dimes

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#4 posted 06-07-2010 05:58 PM

So many plans not enough money the cry of most woodworkers

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#5 posted 06-09-2010 02:51 PM

Thanks all for the great advice I will look into the Veneered particle board. I didn’t even know something like that existed.

-- -Shawn

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#6 posted 06-09-2010 04:04 PM

Poor Shawn! The Stress is gonna’ kill you!


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#7 posted 06-11-2010 04:56 AM

Thanks all for the sound advice. CessnaPolotBarry Sorry I could have been more clear I told her at Christmas that I would do these projects this year. and she understand we both do our finances. I just don’t like going back on my promise even know she would understand.

-- -Shawn

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