One of those days

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Blog entry by Martina posted 09-11-2009 01:56 AM 1565 reads 0 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Ok – so as most of you know I have picked up the woodworking bug, and a big thanks to a special someone – I have recently grown with power tools! I love the tools and the more I get the more I woodwork… it has become a nightly thing that I enjoy. Until last night!

So here is how the night went:
I left work around 8…

Stop at the local Home Depot – needed glue, and something to clean the stainer off my favorite paint brush – any suggestions? I almost bought a new paint brush! – But the trip wasn’t a total waste – I got a 36”x40” mirror for $4.80!!! GREAT BUY! – Gotta make the frame – not to worry – I now have all the tools!

So… I get home around 9 – search for a parking space… no luck! Parked 5 blocks from my apartment.

I walked to my front door, looking for keys, my hands are full of stuff, mirror is in hand! I can’t find my keys – so I unload… Mirror starts to slip! I drop everything else – catch the mirror – broke my light bulbs – but saved the mirror! set it down carefully – grab huge unpractical bottomless purse search for keys again – no luck – it dawns on me the keys were not in my hand when I got the mirror – so I franticly truck it back to the jeep – looking as I go just in case – nope – keys are no were – I freak out – look in inside the jeep – go to the back – wouldn’t you know it – they are stuck in the tailgate! Half in half out – what sucks is the part I needed to unlock was inside – CRAP RIGHT!

I get my house key off – go back to my house – move everything inside – get my spare – go to back to the truck – get my other keys, go back to the apartment – sit down and sigh!

After I relax a second – I see the mirror happy that it survived… so I pull out all of my tools start measuring the mirror to make the frame… the tape snaps and hits the mirrors corner – chips the corner – not that big of a deal – I can cover that up – I was planning on making a support grove anyways…

Measured 3 times, cut the wood, glue it, and clamped it, set it out to dry.

I then realize that it is 1am – I have to be up at 5 am to get to work on time – so I debate – stay up until time to go and play or go to bed…

I opt to take a shower and go to bed… so I do that.

When I come out my sister in law is home – she is tossing my frame inside – I ask what she was doing – apparently it touched her as she was walking in the door and she freaked out and hit it – it is now in 3 pieces..

I sigh – go laid down – turn on a rerun of “this old house” and relax… what do you know – they are building a frame.. I sigh again – then laugh at the ironic humor seeing that I missed a few steps!

Tonight is fixit night!

-- Martina, Houston, TX

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#1 posted 09-11-2009 02:18 AM

welcome to the challenging
world of woodworking . sometimes it’s like that .
im glad you opted for sleep ,
tools and wood can be replaced ,
but your safety is up to you ,
don’t work when you are tired .
now hopefully you have the whole weekend .

glad to hear you got some tools ,
maybe you can invite us for a peek into your shop ?

oops ! just found out it isn’t friday yet .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#2 posted 09-11-2009 02:32 AM

Isn’t there a song…”Mama told me there’d be days like that”.... I can’t think of any more appropo statement…..I think we all have had them…..and stuff (not using the vernacular) happens….things break…things go wrong…but things can always be fixed…

Patron is absolutely correct though….do not ever work around tools and machinery if you are tired….I have to force myself away from the shop sometimes….and most of the time its because something almost gets me…then I realize I haven’t been thinking safety…because I’m tired and want to get to some spot before I take a break…or quit for the day….time is easy to make up…broken bodies are not…..

Thank you for sharing your bad day….its a great reminder to all of us….

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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#3 posted 09-11-2009 02:51 AM

I have had a few days like that

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#4 posted 09-11-2009 03:35 AM

Tomorrow will be better !

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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Roger Clark aka Rex

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#5 posted 09-11-2009 03:43 AM

Sounds like my regular days, listen to a1Jim he says that every day!

-- Roger-R, Republic of Texas. "Always look on the Bright Side of Life" - An eyeball to eyeball confrontation with a blind person is as complete waste of Time.

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#6 posted 09-11-2009 03:49 AM

Great story! Days like this happen too often sometimes. Best to be safe and sllep.

Good luck on a new day!

-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#7 posted 09-11-2009 04:01 AM

WOW thats a bad day

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#8 posted 09-11-2009 05:12 AM

if you still have all of your fingers and other parts, the days was still a success!

-- Rustfever, Central California

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#9 posted 09-11-2009 05:16 AM

D’oh! Sounds like a bad hair day for sure.

The neat thing to see is that you are learning and growing in your woodworking skills. I look forward to seeing your future projects.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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matt garcia

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#10 posted 09-11-2009 01:07 PM

Sounds like one of those days to me!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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#11 posted 09-11-2009 02:01 PM

Mirrors are overrated anyway. The picture in mine is of some creepy guy.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#12 posted 09-11-2009 02:19 PM

A bad day in the shop is still better then a good day at work!..... That’s one night you will laugh about someday. Glad to hear you have some new tools to work with and still enjoying the sawdust. Good luck with the “fixing” tonight.

-- John @

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#13 posted 09-11-2009 02:25 PM

Yup, been there, still am. Working all day then trying to woodwork after the home chores are done… there’s just not much time and the body and mind are tired so as “rustfever” said if you can go to bed with all your body parts it was a good day. ...with disasters there is learning

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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Kent Shepherd

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#14 posted 09-11-2009 10:27 PM

When my now grown daughter had things like that happen, I always responded
—Life is hard, and then you die! She still repeats that to this day.
That said, Jim has it right. Tomorrow will be better. (And if it’s not,—-well, there’s always the next day)


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#15 posted 09-14-2009 04:02 PM

Thanks! It went much better – now it is a inside joke – I am glad that nothing major happend and everyone is safe and all parts are attached. I did however fix the mirror and as soon as the mosiac gets in & set – i will post a pic…

thanks for the love….

-- Martina, Houston, TX

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