A bad day in the shop

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Blog entry by Rasta posted 02-12-2010 02:03 AM 1532 reads 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I thought today was going to be a great day, I had a babysitter, a project to do for my wife’s workplace, and the shop temp. was about 70, perfect day right? Well I went out about 8 a.m., about 8:30 I broke my first bandsw blade ever resawing. i went to the woodsmith shop and bought a new blade, jet bearing guides, and new tires, still determined to make the best of things I got the bandsaw up and going, finished resawing and dementioning my lumber and it was off to dovetails, everything is fine, right? Well apperently I’ve forgotten how to use my dovetail jig and screwd them up. The next big failure was losing one of the screws that mount my router back in the table and no I don’t have any more of them I found out after pulling out one of the first drawers i ever made to look for one and the drawer basicly fell apart in my hand, at this point I had about a 20 minutes left to myself and used this time to think about rebuilding one wall of the shop, or having a garage sale. This being unemployed is tough!

Just had to vent, hopefully someone understands.

-- Roscoe in Iowa

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#1 posted 02-12-2010 02:08 AM

Hey Rasta
Were was the bad part? this is my every day experiance LOL't+Worry,+Be+Happy

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#2 posted 02-12-2010 02:11 AM

I think we’ve all had days like that (Sweet crap I’ve had a few months like that I’d rather not repeat).

I say the world would be a happier place if everyone had an xbox and a copy of grand theft auto. When the frustration builds to a certain point, I like to blow ^*&@ up for a half hour then I’m good to take another whack at life :D

-- - Jei, Rockford IL - When in doubt, spray it with WD-40 and wrap it with duct tape. The details will attend to themselves.

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#3 posted 02-12-2010 02:14 AM

except for the re-cutting of the dovetails ,
sounds like an average day to me .

isn’t there a law about that ,

’ if it can go wrong ,it will ’ !

-- 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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#4 posted 02-12-2010 02:15 AM

a1Jim, thank you for that I just finished listening to it and I really neede that, thank you.

-- Roscoe in Iowa

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#5 posted 02-12-2010 02:17 AM

Greetings Rasta:.... Sounds like just another typical day around my shop. Don’t worry…. we all have them. It always goes that way…. you got big plans for a good day in the shop, and POW…you’re smacked right in the jaws with problems like you had….. just a typical day in woodworking. Sometimes you wonder why you ever bothered to start doing this stuff…. then you remember….... it’s cause we love it so much….. hang tight… gets better…... later.

-- " At my age, happy hour is a crap and a nap".....

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#6 posted 02-12-2010 02:54 AM

Yes sir..we all have days like this….. I had one last week and was just about ready to sell the lathe….. also broke a band saw blade that day…... some times, it just doesn’t pay to be in the shop…. but then there is tomorrow…... and that is where you need to focus….. tomorrow….

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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#7 posted 02-12-2010 03:25 AM

As we like to say at work “it was a good day, nobody got hurt!”

-- flash=250,100][/flash]

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#8 posted 02-12-2010 03:28 AM

If you are going to misspell dimensioning to make it fit this post you should spell it demontioning.

Just a thought.


-- No piece is cut too short. It was meant for a smaller project.

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#9 posted 02-12-2010 04:14 AM

If I wake up in the morning and I am still alive…then it is a good day. Every thing else is just lagniappe.

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#10 posted 02-12-2010 05:07 AM

my worst day making sawdust is better than my best day at work. hope you find a job soon.

-- Better woodworking through old hand tools.

#11 posted 02-12-2010 01:45 PM

hey rastta my favorite monty python song. always look on the brighter side of life

-- i wonder if obama stood in a wind storm with them big ears of his would he start spinning like a drill bit

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F Dudak

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#12 posted 02-12-2010 05:11 PM

Days like that make you wish you had nothing to do but hone a blade to get the job done. As I get older I find that I have more days like that than I care to have. Seems like every project is a chore rather than an enjoyable adventure as when I was younger. I’m thinking I was just more care free and had less to worry about. One thing I know is that despite how bad the day may go in the shop, when I am working with my hands, no matter how miserable I may feel while it is going on, I am happy at the end of the day. Hey, at least you got to tune the band saw up a little.

Hang in there and hope you find a job soon.

-- Fred.... Poconos, PA ---- Chairwright in the making ----

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#13 posted 02-12-2010 08:33 PM

Keep your head up and focus on the future. Be positive and good things will come. I am unemployed as well for the last 8 months and times get tough but we get thru them. Tommorow will be a better day Im sure of it.


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