The ABCs of woodworking: A woodworking hoedown!

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Blog entry by Stevinmarin posted 11-27-2010 01:29 AM 5747 reads 1 time favorited 37 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Just wanted to see if I could make a video in a single take. Well, it took some effort.

Here are the lyrics I wrote and was trying to sing…in case you want to follow along!

A is for adhesive
Bandsaw starts with B.
Its blades are tipped with carbide
And that begins with C.

D is for my dovetail jig
I thought it was a must,
But mostly what it does
Is gather lots of dust.

End grain and face grain,
There’s your E and F.
Good god Gorilla Glue
It really makes a mess

H is for my hacksaw
Hanging on my hutch
Having it is handy
But I don’t use it very much

Should I attempt intarsia
‘cause it begins with I?
If I get some fancy wood
I may give it a try.

J is for my jointer
Its knives begin with K
But so does kerf and kickback
And they’re more fun to say

Linseed oil begins with L
And don’t leave out the lacquer
Both of them dry super fast
Perfect for this slacker.

Now I’m halfway through this song
My miter saw’s an M
Maybe I can mercifully
Make this madness end.

N is for my nail gun
It sure beats pounding nails
Often times I overlook
Outfitting it with oil

Poplar, pine and purpleheart
And plywood start with P.
Q is for the question,
What’s it gonna cost to me?

R is for my router
Sandpaper starts with S.
And I use my ShopVac
To sweep up all the mess.

Tuning up my tablesaw
Takes a lot of time
And U is for the underside
I think I’ll let it slide

My vice is good for holding things
It lets my hands be free.
But Velcro is my favorite
Vord that starts with V.

Naturally W
Is for my scraps of wood
I could make a xylophone
X it ain’t no good.

Y is for my yellow glue
I use it constantly.
Not only does it stick to wood
But it sticks to me.

Now it’s time to end this song
And it’s really plain to me…
I seem to have no tools
That begin with letter Z.

-- Entertainment for mere mortal woodworkers.

37 comments so far

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#1 posted 11-27-2010 01:49 AM

At once, absolutely brilliant and absolutely moronic! :D :D :D

Are you a fan of Tom Lehrer?

-- "A man may conduct himself well in both adversity and good fortune, but if you want to test his character, give him power." - Abraham Lincoln

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#2 posted 11-27-2010 01:51 AM

Super job Steve. Thanks for sharing.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#3 posted 11-27-2010 02:00 AM

never thought I’d see a sombrero in a hoedown.

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#4 posted 11-27-2010 02:01 AM

Very Cool Steve!!!

Now you only need a Zyliss vice to make your tool collection complete.

-- Oldworld, Fair Oaks, Ca

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#5 posted 11-27-2010 02:30 AM

Steve this was hilarious ….My toddlers are learning their ABCs on your song. They asked me to play it twice. Maybe you found a new target audience.

good job

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#6 posted 11-27-2010 02:40 AM

Steve that was great. How many takes did that take?

-- - Eric Noblesville, IN

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#7 posted 11-27-2010 02:48 AM

Fantastic and very Funny Steve
now you only have to make the last Æ Ø Å in the Danish
and the 2800 in the chinice and the Japanese and not to forget
the russian , greeke , ETC. ETC. ABCs so you have alot of studiotime infront of you
the next cupple of years….LOL

have a great weekend

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#8 posted 11-27-2010 02:58 AM

Love it Steve, you mean to tell me that you have no Zebra Wood stashed in that handy little bin of yours.

Was that really take 37?

-- I am responsible for how I respond to everything in my life - - Deadwood SD

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#9 posted 11-27-2010 03:11 AM

haha, you are definitely having too much fun :)

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#10 posted 11-27-2010 03:29 AM

A to Z hilarious…... Norm ahould try it! “R” for Router was too easy…. should’a used…. “rattle cans!”

Take care and again… funniest man on the planet!

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#11 posted 11-27-2010 05:32 AM

Doesn’t matter what sort of mood i’m in when i arrive at your site,I allways leave laughing and wondering whats next. Keep up the great work. THANKS Alf

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#12 posted 11-27-2010 07:36 AM

A+++++++ for memory.

D+ for singing voice.

A+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ for BRAVERY!!!!!

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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#13 posted 11-27-2010 08:05 AM

as usual…..a cinematic treasure…....left me smiling!!!

maybe you can call the white house and borrow one of the presidents’ teleprompters!!!!

-- Doug, New Mexico.......the only stupid question is one that is never asked!........don't fix it, if it ain't broke!

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#14 posted 11-27-2010 09:06 AM

Z is for zebrawood.

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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#15 posted 11-27-2010 12:14 PM

Thanks, Steve. This was pretty good. It definitely got my day started off with a laugh. :)

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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