Most Useless Thing I've Made

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My ingenious idea came about because of my little dog Daisy. While working in my garage shop i found her spending a lot of time scratching at the kitchen/garage door to be with me, her loving owner, in my shop. Problem was, I like the garage door open for the fresh air and that provided a way for little Daisy to run away from home and get into general mischief which shes very good at.

So out of 2×2’s and hardware cloth i built this labor of love gate system i could conveiniently put in place to keep Miss Daisy in my shop where she longed to be anyway….Right? Well…... While having my new gate system employed less than an hour and little Daisy lying comfortably close by in sawdust chips, i happened to turn on my table saw. Which directed Miss Daisy to quickly bolt to that same kitchen/garage door…except this time, to frantically get back in the house.

That was the one and only day my ingenious gate was ever used, which was also the day i happened to snap this photo (look closely you can see the little spoiled rotten Daisy). Now it leans against the side of my house and everyone that comes over says “What da hell is that?”. To save time and embarrassment, i usually tell em its a really big compost bin that i just haven’t finished yet. :)

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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#1 posted 01-01-2010 03:51 PM

My dog is the same way. She wants to be in my shop too. The longer thaey are exposed to the tools coming on and going off, they will soon get used to the sounds. She did the same for a while, wanted to get out but has got used to it somewhat now. She’ll get used to it. Don’t throw it away yet….......................LOL

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

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#2 posted 01-01-2010 04:07 PM

I could check and see if Bose makes noise cancelling headphones for dogs. Probably could get em for just pennies more than i paid for the dog! :)

Barry, i thought about the doggie door. Maybe when i get over my dogs apparent unnappreciativeness of my bending over backwards trying to accomodate her…I’ll give it a try. Hehe

Plus Daisy has mysteriously stopped pleading to be in my shop :)

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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#3 posted 01-01-2010 04:10 PM

Neat work, even thou your dog dont like it :)

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Dan Hux

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#4 posted 01-01-2010 04:14 PM

Put your fence back up,, turn on the machines let them run while she comes in the garage, she’ll get used to it. I wish I could put a fence for my dog,,she sits in the house,,barking, whinning,,drives me nuts..

-- Dan Hux,,,,Raleigh, NC

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#5 posted 01-01-2010 04:27 PM

my 3 dogs follow me where ever I go including the shop, as soon as any machinery comes on they are gone after I miss them and start looking for them , they are laying on the deck waiting for someone to open the door or Suzie will be Bug Hunting, no lizard frog or bug is safe from that little Black Cocker Luckly my house and shop are on 7 acres int the middle of a lot more acres so I dont have to worry about them getting in the road.

-- Randy I have the right to remain silent, just not the ability ; )

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#6 posted 01-01-2010 04:29 PM

I had to move the gate for the chainlink fence so our dog has easy access thru the garages people door in the summer. In the winter she comes in and curls up under the heater vent and I have to let her out every 20 to 30 minutes because she has gotten too warm. She is more expensive than a new table saw. The only thing in our house more spoiled than the dog is it’s owners. I am so glad that she allows us to wait on her – LOL.

-- Jim, Richmond Virginia - Plan your work - Work your plan.

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#7 posted 01-01-2010 05:02 PM

I have two dogs (sisters/litter mates). The one will always be as far away from the noise as possible and the other will be right next to you. The one when I am mowing will make sure she is on the opposite side of the house as me, while the other one would almost prefer to walk beside you. Silly dogs!

-- Jim, Michigan

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#8 posted 01-01-2010 05:33 PM

With minimal training, most anyone could become a dogs best friend

With enough effort, select people can be a member of a cats staff

I expect to see “noise cancelling headphones for dogs” in Lee Valley, Woodcraft and Rockler within the year. That isn’t like a fixture or jig that you can shop make.


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#9 posted 01-01-2010 06:36 PM

that’s a cue story – made me chuckle!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#10 posted 01-01-2010 06:41 PM

haha…. good one.

on the positive side – you have an inexpensive conversation piece. some people spend much much more to get something like that.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#11 posted 01-01-2010 06:43 PM

Great idea. They sell screens here that slide like by-pass doors so you can fullu inclose the garage from flies.

I had a sweet collie that loved being in the shop with me. The noise didn’t bother her, in fact she liked being under the out feed of my tablesaw on the chips, noise or not. And no she wasn’t deaf, tone deaf maybe, she did like to sing along with the machinery at times.

-- ~Just A Guy With A Hammer~

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Douglas Bordner

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#12 posted 01-01-2010 07:15 PM

Cute story Miles. After reading the comments I now know that I am actually my cat’s aide-de-camp.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#13 posted 01-01-2010 07:23 PM

I made one to keep my wife out LOL Just kidding love

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#14 posted 01-01-2010 07:29 PM

”I am so glad that she allows us to wait on her – LOL”
Recut , you really hit the nail on the head with that statement…...Little Bella allows me to serve her as well : )
Miles125 , thank you for sharing your project with us and the story is so very familiar and made me laugh ..: )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#15 posted 01-01-2010 09:54 PM

My overhead door is 9’ wide, I put up 3, 3’ screen doors, the one in the middle is hinged. Keeps the skeeters out and my girl in. LOL

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