Observations #12: An Inconvenient Idea

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Blog entry by Russel posted 12-29-2009 06:03 PM 7007 reads 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Ever since my kids moved across the country three years ago, the Mrs and I have been making semi-annual trips from Royal Oak, Michigan to Phoenix, Arizona. I honestly enjoy seeing my children and, the fact that there are grandkids with them only makes the trips better.

However, it is what some might call bittersweet.

Generally, each trip is about two weeks. It’s long enough to spend quality time with the offspring, but not so long that we become a major bother to them. This is the sweet part.

Yet, these trips also represent about two weeks where I do not have to go to work and have no significant obligations. AND MY SHOP IS ACROSS THE COUNTRY! This would be the bitter part.

Naturally, since I have so much time on my hands, I spend a fair amount of it reading LumberJocks, catching up on other websites and watching tutorial videos.

And I get ideas.

When I get ideas, I want to fiddle with them a bit and experiment. AND MY SHOP IS ACROSS THE COUNTRY!

I could always avoid places like LumberJocks ... Not! So, I find myself making all kinds of notes about things I was to try and things I want to build and end up with an idea backlog. This is the inconvenient part.

I actually have nothing significant to say other than I have too many ideas. And, if you folks wouldn’t mind, would you please stop giving me more while I’m on vacation?


-- Working at Woodworking

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dennis mitchell

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#1 posted 12-29-2009 06:12 PM

...just one more idea. Check out Ethel. Posted by popsHuckster in projects. You could take your shop with you!

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#2 posted 12-29-2009 06:13 PM

i will start posting dumb things ,
this way you don’t have to pay any attention to them .

i don’t know if this will help much though ,

as most of my ideas are pretty dumb to begin with (LOL) !

-- 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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#3 posted 12-29-2009 07:00 PM

No ideas here….
It snowed all day yesterday and the high temperature was 20 degrees.
Bring some sunshine when you head back this way.

-- Keith, Charlotte, MI

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#4 posted 12-29-2009 07:25 PM

why don´t you just build a second shop in Arizona and duble your tool´s
voila no more trouble with the backlog :—)

happy new year to you and your´s

Dennis from Denmark

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#5 posted 12-29-2009 10:56 PM

Just pack it up and move to Arizona. Phoenix is a nice city anyway…

-- My workshop blog can be found at, YouTube Channel

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Thos. Angle

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#6 posted 12-29-2009 11:59 PM

Stop by Wy-Mont on your way home. We promise not to give you any ideas. Our kids just left and we could use some company.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#7 posted 12-30-2009 12:03 AM

I have so many Ideas I can’t get to them quick enough, and then I get sidetracked and so I don’t finish projects on time… oh well.. will be posting a new… for me…. idea soon.

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#8 posted 12-30-2009 12:43 AM

Ahh, just wait a few more years. Those idea’s won’t be a problem. You’ll forget them right after you think them up! lol

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

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#9 posted 12-30-2009 01:36 AM

That’s the problem with having to much time on your hands. :-)

-- BLOG -

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#10 posted 12-30-2009 04:04 AM

Too many ideas and not enough hours in a lifetime to get them all done

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#11 posted 12-30-2009 08:25 AM

If you get too lonely for the smell of sawdust, you can allways stop by my place in glendale. I need to clean my shop and you could keep the sawdust. haha

Seriously, Stop by or give a call anytime. Would love the company.


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

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#12 posted 12-30-2009 09:38 PM

Don’t forget the woodwhisperer in AZ

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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