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Random Musings #2: I'm barred from my shop for safety reasons :(

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Blog entry by SSMDad posted 08-09-2011 02:00 PM 5584 reads 0 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Just finished having a "think." Part 2 of Random Musings series Part 3: August 17 »

Well, I knew it was going to happen and this weekend it did. I’ve been restricted from using all power tools (except the bandsaw) and most of the hand tools including my chisels and planes! No turning, sawing, planing for a while and I’m not happy about not being able to work.

I suppose the saying every cloud has a silver lining (though silver is not worth much now) is valid though. I just have to believe it anyway since I don’t know when I’ll be able to do something again. How could this have possibly happened you’re saying, if you’ve read this far without skipping to the end??
It’s all because of this little guy

who’s now 2 1/2 years old.

See, he was at his grandad’s house for 3 weeks and wife was away with her sister so I finally had some freedom to do some work. Now they’ve both returned and while on occassion I’d be concerned my wife would get hurt on something, at least she’s aware enough to know that she doesn’t know anything about the machines so she stays away. He, on the other hand, is not so he’ll walk right up to whatever is running and want to touch and explore it. That’s fine when he’s playing with my drill (without a bit) but not when I have a sharpened chisel on 2000RPM spinning wood on the lathe or table saw blade running full speed. (at least the bandsaw is too high for him but still I don’t want him breathing dust so it’s off limits for the foreseeable future also.

Ahh the things we give up for those we love. As I’ve told my wife if she doesn’t like it or thinks it’s a silly waste of my time then she’s free to do what she wants even if it’s leaving. He on the other hand LOVES it which makes it all the more difficult to keep him away.

So….for the time being I’m relegated to living vicariously through other LJ’s works which is ok considering it’s so much more advanced and beautiful than whatever I make. Just when you start that wood spinning or are planing wood, routing edges, whatever, think of us poor unfortunate souls who can’t touch their machines for the sake of their little boy’s safety (and girl’s too if it applies).

:)

-- Chris ~~Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past."



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chrisstef

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#1 posted 08-09-2011 02:21 PM

you’ve made the right choice my friend, that little guy doesnt need to start kindergarten minus 3 fingers and missing a patch of hair. You could spend your time drawing out plans for future projects with his crayons.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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SSMDad

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#2 posted 08-09-2011 02:27 PM

True. He grabbed a piece of scrap and drew something out on his own about 2 months ago. lol hmm..architect, engineer, artist… :D I’m thinking of building him a toy lathe and [blunt] wooden chisels to play with on the patio while I got a few minutes of turning in. haha

-- Chris ~~Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past."

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#3 posted 08-09-2011 02:32 PM

I’m confused…. Sounds to me like your wood shop is in the middle of your living room or something. I have two daughters who’s safety and well being is my number one concern, but I can’t see how me doing woodwork out in my shop will somehow harm my girls. Is this your first child? I remember kind of going off the deep end (not implying that you are) with going over board on what I could and could not do anymore due to my girls. After a while you realize … Yes, you need to spend time with your kids…. No it is not healthy for you to stop everything in your life to do so. There is a balanced you learn as time goes by. All my girls (even my bride) know that being out in the shop makes me happy… Its my refuge… My release. Just like dance is for my oldest.. or art work with my youngest…. Or those dumb reality TV shows my bride constantly watches (which I’m sure has to effect her I.Q. at some point…lol)

Long story short…. Pick a time he has things to do or folks to play with…. Go out to the shop and shut the door. You may not be able to spend all day out there like you would if you had no other responsibilities, but allot some time and find a balance….

Hope I didn’t go off track with this, and understood what I read correctly….. If not I blame it on walking through the living room and catching a brief moment of those brain sucking reality tv shows my bride watches… I know that has got to be bad on the ole grey matter…lol

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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SSMDad

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#4 posted 08-09-2011 02:40 PM

haha well the shop is the tiny shed in our small surburban back yard and yes, he’s our first (and most likely only). More of the problem is that his papa is EVERYTHING to him so basically when I’m home he never lets me out of his sight. I’ve even tried turning on Dinosaur Train or Toy Story and making a quick escape but nope (which is good and bad because he doesn’t really care about television).

The suggestion of shutting myself in would be great except that when I did this one time, he never stoppped pounding on the door and yelling and crying for me. haha I didn’t have the heart to make him stay out. I guess the other issue is when I was young, my father seemed to ALWAYS be working or doing something with the people he supported so I swore I’d never do that to mine.

As for the reality TV shows. I understand the pain there. Just can’t believe SO many people watch and crave them?? (must be mass temporary insanity)

-- Chris ~~Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past."

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#5 posted 08-09-2011 03:51 PM

I understand where you are coming from on this, and it does not take long for them to grow up, it was just
yesterday I had kids, and now I have great grandkids. I do not think that you will ever regret the time you
spend with him. Thank you for sharing him with us, and thankfully neither my beautiful Lady or I can stand
the reality shows, or very many of the other tv shows.

-- As ever, Gus-the 75 yr young apprentice carpenter

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SSMDad

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#6 posted 08-09-2011 04:03 PM

Thanks Gus. Yes that’s my feeling also. At least when I’m gone he’ll be able to have nice memories of our time together. That and his health and happiness are what matter to me the most.

I pity the girls he dates when he gets older though. People think a girls father is tough on her dates? haha they haven’t seen ‘nothin yet. :)

-- Chris ~~Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past."

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Beginningwoodworker

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#7 posted 08-09-2011 04:04 PM

You got to come up with a plan of action. :)

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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SSMDad

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#8 posted 08-09-2011 04:11 PM

Very true! Not sure yet but it will happen! haha :)

-- Chris ~~Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past."

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#9 posted 08-09-2011 05:26 PM

there is always the evenings after he is put to bed :-)
and if thats too late for tne neighbours to have noise from the shed
you just have to work as they did before the electricity came around … LOL
yah you will swet and cry but don´t think of it as work-out even though you will grow mucles
you hadn´t thought you had …....................its a lifestyle-change …......LOL
and its called working like a gentleman …..................in silence with out all the safty-gear

thank´s for sharing him with us :-)

take care
Dennis

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SSMDad

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#10 posted 08-09-2011 05:32 PM

Thanks Dennis. Great way to view it. :-) Something very satisfying with using hand tools and not having to have earplugs and glasses on to make something.

-- Chris ~~Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past."

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JJireh

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#11 posted 08-09-2011 06:10 PM

Kids in bed at 8, wife in bed at 10, me in the garage at 10:15. Me in bed sometimes at 2 am, like last night, but that’s what I get :)

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SSMDad

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#12 posted 08-09-2011 06:20 PM

haha well I’d have to suffer yet another thing for my wife to complain about if I did that but the thought is SO tempting! :)

-- Chris ~~Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past."

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#13 posted 08-09-2011 06:21 PM

I too have young children my youngest is 2 1/2 oldest is 5.

I just fit in a little bit where I can here an there, after the kids are in bed works as long as the noise doesn’t keep them awake.

As they get older it gets easier, then the best part, they get old enough to help out Dad!

Of course I don’t let the 5 year old work near any power tools or anything else sharp, but I did get her some child sized hearing protection, safety glasses, she even has her own shop apron. Grandpa even bought her some of her own real tools.

Working together on small projects is one of my great joys.

-- "Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new." - Albert Einstein

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SSMDad

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#14 posted 08-09-2011 06:24 PM

That’s awesome. I’m really hoping to be able to do that with him when he’s old enough. It seems like he’s interested.

-- Chris ~~Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past."

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Sarit

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#15 posted 08-10-2011 07:46 PM

This is the perfect time to convince your wife that a 5hp cyclone dust collector w/ 6” piping is the only way to ensure his fragile lungs aren’t going to be affected by all that dust you’re creating.

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