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Blog entry by natenaaron posted 261 days ago 998 reads 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I bought a Freud Diablo Dado set. Took it to the shop, took all the pieces out and…..no instructions. Who the hell makes something out of metal, meant to rotate at monster speeds, has MANY sharp edges, and does not include instructions? Apparently Freud does. Oh, sure they have a chart, but that chart is not a set of instructions. So, I leave my shop and go ask the guy down the way if he knows how to use it. Nope. Never fear, we’re men. Between the two of us we believe we can figure it out. After about 15 minutes it was clear that neither of had a clue what we were doing and the needles on our MAN-O-METERs were falling. Men should not need instructions, or to stop to ask for directions, no matter what our wives and girl friends tell us.

As we stared at the dado set a light bulb flicked on above the other guy’s head and he called his father in law. Leroy to the rescue! Which, by the way, is the perfect old guy name.

Leroy flew in with his camo tights, Cape, and blazing L on his chest. (not really but you get the point) He showed me in two minutes how to use the blade, supervised my first cuts, explained the difference between shims and spacers, and did not once point out how low my MAN-O-METER had fallen. Just said he was happy to help.

This has not been the first time Leroy swooped in and taught me something. When I have asked he has helped. When he has seen me bumbling around about to screw something up, he has helped. If you are reading this Leroy, thanks.



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Don W

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#1 posted 261 days ago

you need to post Leroys number!

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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JustJoe

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#2 posted 261 days ago

While I’m not sure I’d go on an international woodworking forum to admit I couldn’t figure out a dado set, it is heartwarming to hear there are still a few old geezers out there willing to step up in times of trouble. Just be forewarned – they’re not all as friendly or knowledgeable as Leroy. For every one of him there are a dozen like me – hiding behind the front bushes with a water cannon yelling “get off my lawn” or standing in the street in my underwear yelling into the mailbox for the kid to hurry up and take my lunch order.

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Don W

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#3 posted 261 days ago

that’s true Joe, but even amateur woodworkers know not to call guys who hang out by the mailbox in their underwear. Camo tights, Cape, and blazing L on his chest IS perfectly fine however.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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JustJoe

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#4 posted 261 days ago

Camo tights, Cape, and blazing L on his chest IS perfectly fine however.

Well sure, everyone looks smarter in their underoos.

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GrandpaLen

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#5 posted 261 days ago

...yep, old geezers ‘Paying it Forward’ out of R-E-S-P-E-C-T for the old geezers that brought us up to speed, back in the day. :-)

Best Regards. – Grandpa Len.

An old Geezer, Workin’ Safely and havin’ Fun.

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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OldRick

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#6 posted 261 days ago

As one who has now officially received his DoctorateDuOldePhartz, I am reminded of my own youth when I was informed by a senior that he was more than happy to enlighten me in the trials of the world either with kindness or treachery. It mattered not to him. What was important was that I learned. That man just turned 80. We have been friends for 40 years. And I use his teaching methods to inspire my daughter to also master her destiny. And while she prefers the “kind old man” approach…she also has learned the value of the dark side. And, lo, though I do not have camo tights and a cape, wearing Santa Claus boxers, wing tip shoes and a cat on my head makes quite a statement of “we’re going to school… now that I have your attention”. And as a pro tip for here…do not use duct tape to make an L on a hairy chest. Just found that out. God bless you, Leroy!

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gfadvm

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#7 posted 261 days ago

Joe, Keep it up! You have once again made my night!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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Don W

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#8 posted 261 days ago

Note to self. Shave chest before applying duct tape.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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Bogeyguy

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#9 posted 261 days ago

Hmmmm, you wanted an instruction sheet showing how to use a dado set. Did one come with your table saw blade?? Just asking.

-- Art, Pittsburgh.

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firefighterontheside

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#10 posted 261 days ago

I’m always happy to have my dad around to ask questions. He doesn’t wear camo, capes, tights or duct tape anywhere on his body.

-- Bill M. I love my job as a firefighter, but nothing gives me the satisfaction of running my hand over a project that I have built and just finished sanding.

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Gene Howe

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#11 posted 261 days ago

Anticipating a 14 page manual in 4 languages with my next chisel buy.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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canadianchips

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#12 posted 260 days ago

The BEST knowledge I got was from “OLD Geezers” who politely took the time and explained how they would do it. NEVER TOLD me how, just suggested how THEY would do things.
Funny thing is, they were only in theiir “40’s” .......I was 20’ish.

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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Greg

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#13 posted 260 days ago

Great story Nate. As a 42 y/o, I hang out with a lot of older guys. I am a on the boards of a fly fishing club and a woodworking club. If you really want to see “Leroy’s” in action, just join your local woodworking club. More free knowledge available than you can shake a stick at. Just Joe, the opposite is true in a club. For every one of the guys who is secretive, there are a dozen just itching to help out “youngsters.”
We have a mentor program where different members volunteer to be contacted by any other members with help in their area of WW expertise. It’s a great perk, and I can’t say enough about it. I, in turn, try and help out when I can by teaching apprentices who want to learn. It’s a great WW world we live in.

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dbray45

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#14 posted 260 days ago

Being one of those “old guys”, it is fun to help the kids – before they get hurt. Since our schools no longer teach shop, many things are lost to these kids.

-- David in Damascus, MD

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