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What has migrated from elsewhere in your house to your shop?

by Sandra
posted 12-18-2012 03:26 AM


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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 12-18-2012 03:41 AM

Can’t sat there is much out there. A couple drinking glasses that were the perfect size circle for some project.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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MT_Stringer

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#2 posted 12-18-2012 04:51 AM

Iron for heating veneer. My wife gave up and went out and bought me a new one! :-)

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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David Craig

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#3 posted 12-18-2012 09:10 AM

I was working on a copper embossing and had a solution handy to create a patina for it. I needed a bowl and couldn’t find a disposable one I could use. My kids were too old for the Blues Clues bowls they ate out of when young, so I used them. It raises a few eyebrows when folks see the bowls in my work area :)

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

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TCCcabinetmaker

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#4 posted 12-18-2012 09:13 AM

The iron….
removing dents, peeling old veneers and bending thin woods.
Steel wool, however without the detergent in it, you know the stuff intended for wood and metal working

-- The mark of a good carpenter is not how few mistakes he makes, but rather how well he fixes them.

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Tigarman

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#5 posted 12-18-2012 09:18 AM

I use a lot of foam in my projects. As such, I needed the best way to cut it to shape. I found that the electric carving knife has permanently been moved to the shop.

-- Think Twice, Decide Once - Still cut three times

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ellen35

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#6 posted 12-18-2012 11:33 AM

All the wax paper in the house!

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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WillAdams

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#7 posted 12-18-2012 11:42 AM

compass and protractor from my h.s.geometry set.

I’ve borrowed the microplane rasp my sister got my wife as a present.

paper towel roll holder serves as a tape dispenser

regret not keeping the broken spatula to use as a card scraper.

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DIYaholic

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#8 posted 12-18-2012 12:55 PM

ME!!!
I used to be a “permanent fixture”, in front of the idiot box or laptop. Now that my basement shop is “fuctional”, I spend much less time in “the house”!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?

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Don W

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#9 posted 12-18-2012 01:06 PM

pencils. Lots of pencils. I can have 100 pencils in the shop and not be able to find one.

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

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William

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#10 posted 12-18-2012 01:08 PM

+1 for wax paper. Gotta have it for messy glueups.
Silicone spatulas for spreading glue.
Cupcake pans for seperating small parts.
Any scotch tape my wife happens to bring in. I use a lot of oversized patterns. My wife never understands why she can’t lay a roll down anywhere.
Steele wool.
Clothes that were meant for the Salvation Army. Made great rags.
Coffee pot. Finally bought another one for the house.
Old TV and game system from the kids room. No I am not a gamer, but it keeps the kids occupied when they are there with me and get bored.
Just about every marker, protractor, compass and similar art supplies my wife dares leave unattended.
And last but not least, I often have several food cans there that were the right size circle to trace. When my wife complains about that one, I bring them home. I always tell her that I thought I might get hungry. She doesn’t buy that one either though.

-- http://wddsrfinewoodworks.blogspot.com/

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Gene Howe

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#11 posted 12-18-2012 01:25 PM

measuring cups.
Postal scale.
Grease splatter screen.
Scissors.
And, thanks to Tigarman, the electric knife the next time I need to cut foam.

-- 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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Sandra

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#12 posted 12-19-2012 02:31 AM

I like the silicone spatula idea….

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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gfadvm

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#13 posted 12-19-2012 02:59 AM

A really good pair of scissors, one of those white erasers, and I stole some of my granddaughter’s chalk. I also took my wife’s old iron when she upgraded (great for lifting dents).

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

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lumberjoe

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#14 posted 12-19-2012 01:11 PM

Small crock pot (before I got a double boiler) and candy thermometer for hot hide glue (my wife LOVED me for that)

Virtually every tupperware container in the house
Small scale
A few old butter knives for stirring finish
Wax paper, plastic wrap, and tin foil
Packing tape
One of my wife’s self healing cutting mats (shhhh, don’t tell her)
Any old T-shirts laying around
Paper towels
Spray bottles
When I am turning acrylics, the dish soap
The iron
My wife’s hair dryer (heating joints to release HHG)

And whenever he can make it out, my dog.

-- www.etsy.com/shop/KandJWoodCrafts

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Fishinbo

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#15 posted 12-19-2012 01:20 PM

Scissors. Pencils. Ruler. Plastic mixing bowls.
It’s never returned.

http://www.sawblade.com

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Cosmicsniper

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#16 posted 12-19-2012 02:19 PM

Hot glue gun and label maker often get brought into the shop. Various pots, pans, cups, etc. will see shop time as well…I keep that stuff secret from my wife, however. :)

-- jay, www.allaboutastro.com

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Brent Golden

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#17 posted 12-19-2012 02:24 PM

Boy! You guys sure tattle on yourselves a lot. I hope no wives get a load of this. I always seem to find an array of missing coffee cups scattered hither and yon in my shop. I still say its wood-ghosts. One of the best things I have “borrowed” is my older surround sound system, and have it hooked up to Sirius satellite radio. No commercials and I can play it as loud as I want. I only have the speakers in the shop, and amplifier, CD player and such in utility room. Also, vinegar and wax paper, and sometimes steel wool seem to disappear. very mysterious goings-on….....

-- Brent Golden www.intarsiaonthebay.com

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Sandra

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#18 posted 12-19-2012 02:27 PM

Ah yes, I’m a wife, and since I’m also the main cook in my house, I’m stealing from my own inventory…
And I promise, I won’t send out the bat-signal to the non-woodworking wives.

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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MikeinSC

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#19 posted 12-19-2012 04:12 PM

I’m only a month into my woodworking hobby phase and I’ve stolen a rare two holed sock and a salsa container from myself. I’ve used neither but figure that they should be in the garage just in case.

-- I am what they call a "rookie".

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Christophret

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#20 posted 12-19-2012 05:05 PM

I am the Q-Tip bandit.

-- I cut it twice and it's still too short!

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TCCcabinetmaker

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#21 posted 12-19-2012 05:07 PM

In the carpentry world the compass becomes dividers, and it’s supposed to be in yer shop :P Same for the protractor…

-- The mark of a good carpenter is not how few mistakes he makes, but rather how well he fixes them.

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Sandra

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#22 posted 12-19-2012 05:21 PM

Dragons- Doug Stowe’s book BASIC BOX MAKING has a plan for a fold out jewelry box. I’ve been eyeing it because it would make a great sewing box if made larger. Might be a starting point for your search.

Brent – what’s the vinegar for??

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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hairy

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#23 posted 12-19-2012 05:53 PM

Old microwave oven for drying wood.

-- the last of Barret's Privateers...

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Cosmicsniper

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#24 posted 12-19-2012 06:00 PM

Dave, I use those triangle-shaped makeup sponges too, but I don’t raid my wife’s inventory…I walk into the store and buy them myself. Hell, if I can nut-it-up enough to buy my wife’s tampons, I can certainly buy those. ;)

-- jay, www.allaboutastro.com

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lumberjoe

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#25 posted 12-19-2012 06:01 PM

Dragons, check this one out:

http://lumberjocks.com/projects/68313

You aren’t going to find anything like that in target

-- www.etsy.com/shop/KandJWoodCrafts

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lumberjoe

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#26 posted 12-19-2012 06:04 PM

Thanks for the tip on the triangles! I am stealing those next. Also nail files – the good metal ones with the hook at the end are really good at getting glue out of corner joints and mortise and tenons.

I really hope my wife doesn’t read this

-- www.etsy.com/shop/KandJWoodCrafts

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