How Tom Fidgen saved my marriage!

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Blog entry by JeremyPringle posted 04-13-2014 05:25 PM 3420 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

How Tom Fidgen saved my marriage: And why you too should buy his books, and listen to his music!

Let me start off by saying that woodworking makes grown men do strange things. Unfortunately I am not immune to this. I have thought up some crazy contraptions trying to solve woodworking problems. Fortunately for me, I have always had someone looking out for me and my well being, and not just mine, but my families as well. Enter… Tom Fidgen.

This is how Tom Fidgen saved my marriage.

Before Tom Fidgen..

No matter how much I told then that it will build character.. the kids always ended up crying to their mother. Then I got into trouble..


So I built this

Before: I have always wanted some way to resaw my own lumber. So.. I submitted a drawing to my wife..

Here was her resubmission…

She said it was because it was cruel to the kids… What? If that was all I had to do as a kid I considered myself lucky! Geez… soft generation.. I tell ya.

Ok, so I redrew it, and even made a map of where it will go in the back yard..

Once again… rejected..

Enter Tom’s frame saw..

I have not been able to make one yet… but I will… I can wait… beats sleeping alone in the backyard.

Before: Im a busy guy, and things can get a little hectic in the mornings.. so to solve this problem I created a schedule for the kids to help me out..

Once again, sleeping in the backyard was brought up…
And again, enter Tom..

Now: Well… I’m happy to report that I have learned a very valuable lesson. Kids are not shop accessories, and sleeping out side in the winter sucks. And besides… none of my friends wanted to come over and help build the pit saw anyways.

In all seriousness though.. you can check out some of Tom’s mad skills by clicking here

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#1 posted 04-13-2014 05:34 PM

OMG!!!!!!!!!! I just about tore my lungs apart in convulsions!!! Hahahhahahahahhaaaaaaaa!!!

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#2 posted 04-13-2014 05:53 PM

Nice writing. I hope you extend the premise to some additional shop projects. Very enjoyable and laughable.

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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#3 posted 04-13-2014 06:34 PM

I can barely write this for the tears in my eyes, it brings back such sweet memories of my own childhood.
I hope your kids appreciate you’re only doing it for “their own good”.


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#4 posted 04-13-2014 06:47 PM

Great shenanigans. I guess if it came down to sleeping outside or giving up on a pit saw, I’d make the same choice. Too funny!!

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#5 posted 04-13-2014 06:58 PM

Wahoo! I like your style of writing … But as I fell out of my chair laughing, I hit my elbow on the table, causing the key board to fall, hitting me on the head, and so on … Now that I’m awake again, I ‘d like to know if your insured?
Loved your review and Toms book.

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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#6 posted 04-13-2014 07:02 PM

I fail to see any problems with your drawings and/or plans. Me thinks your wife is a bit out of line here.

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#7 posted 04-13-2014 07:16 PM

Brings to mind a famous quote from Ron Swanson from the show “Parks and recreation”
“I got my first job when I was 9, worked at a sheet metal factory, in 2 weeks I was running the floor…... Child labour laws are ruining this country”

You sir are raising soft children with all of your fancy contraptions, that’s no way to do it.

-- Measure twice, cut once, cut again for good measure.

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#8 posted 04-13-2014 09:11 PM

I suppose your spouse would object to dog holes in the child horses. Been watching Tom’s stuff for a few years now and have spent a lot of good evening hours with his book at my bench. Wish he still posted here.

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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#9 posted 04-14-2014 02:19 AM

A good one Jeremy.
Excellent writing.

...... Maybe your wife would look more favourably upon your drawings if you substituted “neighbour kid #1 and neighbour kid # 2” for “kid #1 and kid # 2”. She probably thought that you meant her kids.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#10 posted 04-14-2014 04:22 PM

I was very concerned that the outcome was that Tom helped you out by getting rid of the loud tools and replacing them with hand tools; the wife couldn’t stand the noise. I’m not giving up my power tools until they pry them from my cold, dead hands!

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