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Blog entry by mike85215 posted 01-09-2010 12:31 AM 1621 reads 0 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is Mike’s wife. I have a plea for you all… Mike want’s to sell the shop because of time/money… This is his passion in life… Please, convince him to NOT sell the shop!!!! I thank you all in advance. Dionna

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#1 posted 01-09-2010 12:47 AM

don’t do it mike you need the shop for your sanity

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#2 posted 01-09-2010 12:49 AM

wow… if i told my wife I was going to sell my shop, she would start picking out stuff to buy with the money :/

-- San Diego, CA

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#3 posted 01-09-2010 12:54 AM

if its a woodworking shop DONT do it if not think of all the new TOYS you can buy

-- cut it saw it scrap it SKPE: ANDREW.CARTER69

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#4 posted 01-09-2010 12:58 AM

Don’t do it. man donate the tools to me. HaHaHa. Okay seriously, you have the full support of your wife, if she has gone to this legnth to post this for you, then she either really loves you or wants you to spend more time in the shop. The shop is where you go to spend time watching to make sure you have enough fingers left to pick your nose. Its the place you can measure in CH’s, and get away with it. It is a haven of serenity, infact, if time and money are a concern, buy a lathe, and a couple of tools, then just hunt down green wood, and go to town. Turning is cheap(ish) ( don’t let your wife tell this to my wife) once you get started. Its fast, and fun, part of the fun is making a mess, a 1 cubic foot peice of wood yeilds 100 cubic feet of mess, and in about 20 minutes. Just don’t track lathe shaving into the house, then your wife will post a different blog reversing this and donating your tools to me.
I hope you make the right decision.
P.S. Selling the shop is silly you will only get a fraction of the money you put into it. You will not find another hobby as rewarding as woodworking, unless it’s “freelance good samaratainship”.
Good Luck, stay with us man.
and when you make the right decision build your wife that ”?” she has always wanted for being so supportive.

-- Even a broken clock is right twice a day, unless, it moves at half speed like ....-As the Saw Turns

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#5 posted 01-09-2010 01:04 AM

Sell the shop Mike.

You can use the money to buy everything you would ever have built for half price from china. And the bonus is you get to keep your fingers. You’ll have room to park the wifes car in the garage and your weekends to yourself watching sports and drinking beer.

So sell the shop Mike. Oh and you wouldn’t by chance have any Festools your selling cheap, would ya?

-- ~Just A Guy With A Hammer~

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#6 posted 01-09-2010 01:05 AM

hi mike money is not every thing but we need it to pay the bills and put food on the table but the workshop is part off what we are do not sell there is always another way to work this out listen to your good wife she is the boss

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#7 posted 01-09-2010 01:08 AM

I kick myself in the ass all the time for selling mine. Unles it is a last resort…...............DON”T DO IT!!!!!!!!!!

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#8 posted 01-09-2010 01:10 AM

Sell the shop. Keep the wife.

-- Measure twice, cut once, buy extra stock.

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#9 posted 01-09-2010 01:14 AM

Rileysdad, I don’t think you even read this thread through or you don’t understand. Open mouth insert foot.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#10 posted 01-09-2010 01:15 AM

Hi Mike,

Wow, what a wonderful gesture on the part of your wife. You are a lucky man. I have to echo Andrew’s comments. Well, not the gross part about nose picking, but I digress. Seriously, you obviously love the hobby and will regret every day that passes and you are not at it. Find some other area to “tighten the belt” or do whatever you must to keep the shop. If you want to stop woodworking for awhile to save money that way, that’s fine but don’t give it up completely nor sell your tools. As mentioned above, you probably won’t get what they are worth. Best wishes in this tough decision. I applaud you for your willingness to sacrifice on behalf of your loved ones. This world sure needs more of that.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#11 posted 01-09-2010 01:34 AM

I sold mine and it was the best thing to happen to me! I moved out here to Iowa and decided that the winters are WAAAAAY too cold and I hate being cold. So I stay inside except to go to work and the grocery. So what to do? Build a new shop and this time by good tools. Not those POS crappy things that I had. Granted, the shop isn’t complete, but I do have mostly quality (not necessarily top of the line, but good quality) tools now.

Sell Sell Sell! Then buy all new better tools! :))

-- Chunk's Workshop pictures:

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#12 posted 01-09-2010 01:41 AM

your wife said it don´t sell
I have only been here short but I do now when it´s thrown in my head with a sledgehammer
that she loves you for what you are and not for what you will be if you sell ( a pain in the as )

now go to the shop and make her proud of you and what you are
make something beautiful and go aut and give her an evening in the town with all the love she deserve


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#13 posted 01-09-2010 01:58 AM

If it is really your passion, don’t sell it. You will resent everyone around you even though you are making the decision to sell on your own, and you will never be able to set up shop again for the same money that you get for selling. There must be another way to spend less or earn more that doesn’t have such long term negative implications.

-- PaulMayer,

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#14 posted 01-09-2010 02:09 AM

Mike if you sell the shop, Will your wife be available? Is she young and beautiful? LOL Don’t sell Mike. You have the best treasures a man can have, Your tools and your wife.

-- Dudley Young USN Retired. Sebastian, Fl.

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#15 posted 01-09-2010 02:23 AM

If you have a shop that you passionate about and a wife who stands behind your passion you would be nuts to sell it.
When my shop was destroyed several years ago by flooding it took me 2 years to finally build a new shop and furnish it with tools. Those 2 years of not being able to do any woodworking and not being able to fondle my tools were two of the longest amd most boring times of my life.
I also have a wife who is completely and totally supportive of my woodworking and she knows how much I am passionate about it. It doesn’t get any better than this !

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