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Blog entry by David Craig posted 05-13-2010 09:02 PM 1371 reads 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Sorry folks for my little hiatus from the LJ community. I had one week with an extremely busy work schedule followed by a week where my wife and I decided to make our separation permanent. Took a little bit of time to mull things over and have come to the conclusion it is best for both parties. I have a buddy who likes to jokingly remind me that I don’t know enough about women yet, that I was one marriage shy of being educated. On this, I will have to agree with him :)

One good thing about having an interest in woodworking is that you can take the “When life hands you lemons…” approach and take your frustrations out by buying new tools and investing your energy in the shop. Much more healthy and cheaper than resorting to alcoholism :) So, tomorrow, I am going to order a set of Narex bench chisels, along with a couple of their mortise chisels. I heard good things about the company and I can get a good set of 4 bench and 2 mortise (going with 6 and 10mm) for under 80 bucks delivered. On top of that, Woodcraft has a special for the WorkSharp 3000 where it comes with a free leather hone and free shipping right now. I don’t currently have a good sharpening system and any approach I take would require a decent investment, whether it be stones, grinder jigs, or this one. Based on reviews and the fact that I have turning and carving tools, as well as the new chisels coming, I decided to get both cart and horse and try to leave the frustrations of not having the right accessory behind.

One thing about building up experience, you pretty much start looking at the whole picture of whatever you are considering purchasing… the nails for the gun, the bits for the drill/driver, the blades for the saw, the attachments, jigs, bits, etc. So with the 300 I have to invest, I think this will be the best bang for the buck for right now. I am taking off a week from work the week after next and try to get a good shop routine going.

I missed you all and am glad the little fender bender is behind me. LJs is like family to me and it felt really strange to not be up on the happenings here. I hope you are all well and that sawdust is just a pouring out of everyone’s shops.


-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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#1 posted 05-13-2010 09:22 PM

welcome back David
you are right about buying new juwlry it´s such a pleasure
to figure out wich one fits you right now for the upcoming party
in the shop with all the freinds



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#2 posted 05-13-2010 09:28 PM

David, as a fellow member of the “Been through the big D” club, I would recommend not making any large purchases until after everything is final… But yeah, workshop time, and other constructive activities are a GREAT way to get, and keep the brain on the right track…

And building a workshop is a BUNCH cheaper than building a hot rodded 4×4 pickup!

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#3 posted 05-13-2010 09:51 PM

I’m not saying don’t spend cash, just don’t make big purchases. No new table saws or the like… I’m pretty sure a hand plane, or chisels is okay though…

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#4 posted 05-13-2010 09:52 PM

Well this would actually be my second journey through the big D. Neither one of us want to fight over anything so when she moved out almost two years ago, she took with her the things she wanted. There really isn’t much to fight for as the home is modest as well as the possessions. One of the niceties about being on the poor side. Michigan is a no fault divorce state and we have not been together long enough for the real legal hassles. I definitely understand your point dbhost, but am fairly safe this time around.

One thing I see has changed is that Dennis has a pic now of him in a really cool hat. Sharper than the King of Wales my friend. If I ever needed a sight to cheer me up, you can through with flying colors :)

Thanks for the welcome back Christopher, I agree that being in the shop is a very good feeling.

-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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#5 posted 05-13-2010 09:56 PM

You’ll do OK! I’m sure of it. You have a good head on your shoulders and two wonderful sons that worship you. A boat load of friends here, what more does a man need, that and a good lathe that is. You are in my prayers Pal and if you keep on the road you’re on, good things will happen for you eventually.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#6 posted 05-13-2010 10:42 PM

It varies by state… Some states, pretty much everything is fair game until the judge signs off on the final decree… Some states, the line is drawn the day one person or another leaves… Just wanting you to protect your back side is all… From the been there done that camp, there are things I wish I hadn’t done. Mostly I wish I hadn’t waited so long to get away from my ex…

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#7 posted 05-14-2010 12:40 AM

Thanks Mike, the friendship is appreciated as always :)

and I appreciate you covering my back dbhost. I know that some people have had some real battles in divorce court. Fortunately,I have not had complications that reached the extreme. Good thing I work with wood, because I have a lot of it to knock on.


-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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#8 posted 05-14-2010 12:41 AM

David, I just (this week) got my ws 3000 and cannot believe how well it works, First thing I di was to flatten and sharpen my 2 latest Narex chisels. they end up looking like they are chrome plated. this is one pair that was made in heaven.

-- RTB. stray animals are just looking for love

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#9 posted 05-14-2010 12:42 AM

Back to the fold great news

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#10 posted 05-14-2010 03:27 AM

Sorry to hear about your bad news, but it sounds like you’ll be fine. It doesnt sound like you want to celebrate your divorce, but you might as well by something to celebrate your new beginning. Good luck to you!

-- Janice

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#11 posted 05-14-2010 03:51 AM

Sorry to hear that David. Been through it once myself Lean on your friends here at lumberjocks and you will get through it.

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#12 posted 05-14-2010 07:26 AM

Hey, hey, hey!!!!!! You’re a little quick to discard alcoholism, don’t ya think? Just kiddin’! Everything happens for a reason. If there is one thing that I have to believe in, it is that He has a plan for us, each and every one of us. We may not understand it, we may not always like it, but it is there.

We hope to see you on Saturday. Maybe it’ll get your mind off of all of the shite goin’ on. If nothing else, you can just watch me and my fiance and think to yourself….. “Yeah, maybe I’ll be better off.” ;-)

-- Cheers and God Bless

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#13 posted 05-14-2010 03:46 PM

Thanks for the kind comments and support all. Things will be ok, of that I am certain :)

I pulled the trigger on the Work Sharp and the Narex chisels. I should be very familiar with sharpening at the end of next week ;)

Thanks for the affirmation of your own experience rtb

Janice – Great perspective, celebrating the beginning, not the end, of a chapter. I like that.

Autumn – Woodworking is the ultimate striving for “close to perfection” as one can get in this world. Not to get all religiousy but if one ever wants to know how God can both love (and seem to hate) a creation at the same time, spend five minutes on a project and it starts to become pretty crystal…

Rick and Jim – LJs is definitely the place to be for support.

Kristopher – Definitely will be there tomorrow. I promise not to start trouble between you and the fiance to get that “grass is not always greener” perspective :)

Happy woodworking all,


-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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#14 posted 05-14-2010 04:55 PM

.........back from vacation. I think Janice has the right idea…..........and yes, you are one marriage shy…......(-:

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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