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Observations #12: An Inconvenient Idea

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Blog entry by Russel posted 1655 days ago 3189 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?

Thanks.

-- Working at Woodworking http://www.VillageLaneFurniture.com



12 comments so far

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dennis mitchell

3994 posts in 2899 days


#1 posted 1655 days ago

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

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patron

12947 posts in 1925 days


#2 posted 1655 days ago

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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Kjuly

302 posts in 1870 days


#3 posted 1655 days ago

Russel,
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

-- Keith, Charlotte, MI www.julyswoodworks.com

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Dennisgrosen

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#4 posted 1655 days ago

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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dbhost

5377 posts in 1816 days


#5 posted 1654 days ago

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

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com

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Thos. Angle

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#6 posted 1654 days ago

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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degoose

6958 posts in 1939 days


#7 posted 1654 days ago

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.

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ lazylarrywoodworks.com.au For lovers of all things timber...

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Gary

6878 posts in 2017 days


#8 posted 1654 days ago

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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Zuki

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#9 posted 1654 days ago

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

-- BLOG - http://www.colorfulcanary.com/search/label/Zuki

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Rustic

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#10 posted 1654 days ago

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

-- www.carvingandturningsbyrick.com, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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scrappy

3505 posts in 2015 days


#11 posted 1654 days ago

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.

Scrappy

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

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Rustic

3125 posts in 2180 days


#12 posted 1653 days ago

Don’t forget the woodwhisperer in AZ

-- www.carvingandturningsbyrick.com, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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