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Blog entry by mkrok posted 03-27-2010 10:08 PM 1535 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

If #1 on your list is “Apply first coat of finishe”, make sure #2 on your list is not ; “Turn on the leaf blower in the garage”

I found this out today the hard way.

-- Michael, South Florida,

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#1 posted 03-27-2010 10:55 PM

A friend of mine has a garage workshop also. This winter he was finishing up a gun cabinet and just finished applying green flocking where the barral of the gun touches. He came back later and turned on the torpedo heater to warm things up and forgot the large bag of flock was right in front of the heater. There was the biggest mess you could imagine. He will be finding green flock for years to come. I bet everyone has a I can’t believe I did that story to tell.

-- Ron, Michigan

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#2 posted 03-27-2010 11:17 PM

sorry for you but …..LOL
I think we all have been there once or twice
here in Denmark there is a commercial running
with two garden gnomes where the one of them
is qeit unlucky all the time when he is going to
see some soccer
he say every time in the ends Det sker så bare ikke det der
............................................that just not happen


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#3 posted 03-28-2010 01:17 AM

ha ha. Good tip. I will try to remember that.

-- A thing of beauty is a joy forever...

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#4 posted 03-28-2010 02:04 AM

Worst case I ever saw was a Boatswain’s Mate who had just sanded and varnished the deck on the Captain’s Gig when someone emptied a paper punch out a porthole. Of course all the little pink and white paper dots immediately gravitated to the varnish. First time I ever saw a grown man break down and cry…they go looking for someone to Kill.

-- Larry "Work like a Captain but Play like a Pirate!"

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#5 posted 03-28-2010 02:54 AM

glad I am not the only one that does this sort of thing.

-- Every neighborhood has an eccentric neighbor. I wondered for years "who was ours?" Then I realized it was me.

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#6 posted 03-28-2010 08:33 AM

I knew I wasn’t alone. Its only here where I an find true empathy.
The real stupid thing is, I don’t do any finishing in my shop at all (except for jigs and such). I rent a commercial warehouse for my shop and do all my finishing at home in the garage. It’s just easier that trying to finish in a dusty enviornment. So this sort of thing should not happen by design.

Thanks for all your kind comments.

-- Michael, South Florida,

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#7 posted 03-28-2010 09:05 AM

When I was first starting woodwork I had just finished putting my last coat of finish on a project when I decided it would be smart to clean up while it was drying. I don’t know why but I used the “exhaust port” (not sure what you call the thing that blows air out from in the motor) on my orbital to clear away all the fine sawdust on the bench. Where do you think it ended up?
all over my freshly applyed finish….

-- BRODY. NSW AUSTRALIA -arguments with turnings are rarely productive-

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#8 posted 03-28-2010 11:44 AM

I know oh to well. I had just got done rubbing a coat of finish on a project. I went up stairs to get another cup of joe in my Rockler joe cup. Came back the door to the shop wasn’t closed all the way. The dog decided to chase the cat, well you can figure out the rest. Right on to the floor into the sawdust..

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#9 posted 03-29-2010 03:10 AM

I had a run out an buy a lotto ticket day a few weekends ago… but along the same lines…

I had put some 3 1/2” x 1/4 T/G and was tacking it down on the back of a Cabinet I am making. Everything went well and I was in pre-finishing mode so I grabbed my can of zenzer Shellac and was ready to brush and remembered that I wanted to flush cut the top and bottom… I placed the cover back on the can not taped down just sitting on top so it not get dust in it.

SO I set up my router with a flush cut bit and then turned the cabinet so as to stand right to its top.

I totally forgot the open can of Shellac I heard a WHUMP.. and was like “HOLY S&^t”!!!!

I ran around the table and low and behold the can FLIPED off the TABLE and somehow landed
EXACTLY TOP down… the impact sealed the top back on and NOTHING leaked out!

This is like droping buttered bread and having it land right side up IT DONT HAPPEN!

So I ran out and bought a lotto ticket…...

Needless to say I am still commuting to work…


-- Duct Tape is the Force! It has a light side and a dark side and it Binds the Universe together!

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Sam Shakouri

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#10 posted 03-31-2010 08:28 PM

Australia, generally, is dry country. BUT the sky above my place pours heavy rain only when I leave some valuables outside, and they suppose to be kept dry. The lesson I’ve leaned is” Dont trust weather forecast”

-- Sam Shakouri / CREATING WONDERS WITH WOOD.....Sydney,Australia....

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#11 posted 04-08-2012 12:52 PM

Enjoyed your tip of the day.

-- Rodman

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