Ironing or Sanding

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Blog entry by Jamie Speirs posted 07-12-2011 11:20 PM 1949 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well it is a strange auld world.
I came fae a generation of Child birth was left to the women folk.
Now there is 3 months Paternity Leave.
I cant figure that one out.
When my first one was born in 1976, my contribution was as much overtime as I could get. Expensive wee buggers.
When they started eating solids was the time for Pop to step in. The solids make the cleanup easier both ends.
The first 3 months I was to scared I’d break him. Like working with walnut burl veneer. Not a rush or rough job.

So what do the young fathers do for those first 3 months?

I can finally reveal this for the first time.

They do ironing,


One of my jolly rouges just returned after an e-x-t-e-n-d-e-d paternity leave.

This is how he has been busy for the past few months.

I think it shows up in his new sanding technique.

What ya think?


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#1 posted 07-12-2011 11:51 PM

Talk about irony.

-- Thomas - Pondering the inclusion of woodworking into physics and chemistry classes...

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Hal Taylor

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#2 posted 07-12-2011 11:51 PM

sounds like the truth to me my friend!

-- Hal, VA,

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#3 posted 07-13-2011 06:02 AM

what do you know! that’s the excat pose I take when it’s time to iron, I mean sand.
Get the wip out.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#4 posted 07-13-2011 01:39 PM

Is that your son? If so, he and my son seem to have a lot in common.
Last time my next to the oldest decided he wanted to “help” in my shop, I put him to sanding. What harm could he do? He did a pretty good job I thought at the moment.Till the next day when I tried staining the part.
“What did you spill on that piece of wood I had you sand?”
“Beer I think”.
“You know I don’t allow drinks in the back of the shop around ongoing projects”.
“I thought that only applied to cokes and coffee.”


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#5 posted 07-13-2011 03:21 PM

@ William: LOL!

-- Thomas - Pondering the inclusion of woodworking into physics and chemistry classes...

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#6 posted 07-13-2011 04:31 PM

Looking at the dust everywhere, I would hate to see the baby!

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#7 posted 07-14-2011 04:40 PM

I am somewhat in your generation, and no longer is the birth process left to the women. The father was
unable to make it for the birth of my great-grandaughter a few weeks ago, so my granddaughter asked if
I would step in, having done this for one daughter, the military is great for having fathers elsewhere, and
being familiar with the Lamaze method, I agreed. No more setting in the waiting room, you are right up
front and center, but holding my new great grand-daughter within 15 minutes of her birth (mother and
grand mother come first donchaknow) was something else. And I am sure all fathers can relate to that
lack of sleep look, even nursing mothers require someone to rock the fed baby when they are cranky.
All will agree that they are expensive wee buggers, but as my sister said, “I would not give you 2 cents
for another one, or take 2 million dollars for one of mine.” Thank you for sharing.

-- As ever, Gus-the 79 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#8 posted 07-14-2011 04:48 PM

Give the dude some credit. The holes in his jeans are patched! That’s better than I do and I don’t have kids! He’s just hiding out in the shop, trying to catch a few zzzz’s. I’m lol’g with William, too!

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#9 posted 07-17-2011 05:41 PM

It’s the only kind of ironing done in this household! I’m just glad to see it is no longer held in a gender bias!

-- ~christine @ used2btrees

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#10 posted 07-26-2011 04:10 PM

Yes it is amazing what they can figure out these days…

Big smile to you from me, and a warm thought.
All the best,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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