Quandry- Do I stop the glue up and take the call from my wife??

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Blog entry by robert triplett posted 1510 days ago 1393 reads 0 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was in my shop and halfway through doing the glue up for a cutting board when my wife calls on her cell. She is on a trip to see her sister in Berkeley, Ca. Prudence says I answer and risk the glue drying!! LOML was in Berkeley and had discovered McBearth(sp) Hardwoods. She saw the place, stopped, and she is calling to ask me which of the woods I would like! Lacewood or some of the others she described. One more reason to have been married to her for 30 years. I said Lacewood would be nice. She said it had nice grain! Ran the cutting board wood through my table saw to scrap the glue off and it looked fine. I was halfway through the next glue up on another board and she called again She had bought the Lacewood and something else. She has just trained me to always answer when she calls. Robert

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and so little time!

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#1 posted 1510 days ago

LOL… if it were me, I guess I would end up with no new wood….

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#2 posted 1510 days ago

SWBMT should always be answered…
My wife actually bought me a pair of saw horses once and then just yesterday after chatting with A1Jim about shrimps on the BBQ.. LOML turns up with some fresh cooked prawns… and she has put up with me for nearly 24 years… will be 24 next Monday… when we fly out to New Zealand..nice anniversary gift to us both…

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ For lovers of all things timber...

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#3 posted 1510 days ago

Well i would answer but would say i’ve got it in glue, i call you back.
I’ve learnd at least that after 35 years of marriage to be considerate. the first ten i wouldn’t have picked up.
yeah,i’m slow learner
MacBeath is where i shop too,great choices

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#4 posted 1510 days ago

Rule #1 Always answer your wives calls #2 always offer a1jim fresh pawns even when you live thousands of miles away. #3 Anniversaries cancel rule #2

-- Custom furniture

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#5 posted 1510 days ago

Two words – Speakerphone feature!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#6 posted 1510 days ago

I can go for days and get no calls at all, But if I get out the clamps and glue…..... everyone in Southwest Ohio calls me

-- Dennis Trenton Ohio And life is worth the living just because He lives!

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#7 posted 1510 days ago

I wouldn’t have answered in the middle of a glue-up, personally. But then the phone is in the house where I can’t hear it, especially with hearing protection on. The one project I have posted so far is made of mahogany purchased at MacBeath’s. They’re still around, 36 years later…huh, no surprise there, they had good quality then, too.

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#8 posted 1509 days ago

sounds like she’s a keeper have fun with the new wood

-- gagewestern

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#9 posted 1509 days ago

Most of the time I don’t hear the phone ring so not a problem.

-- RTB. stray animals are just looking for love

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#10 posted 1509 days ago

always answer the phone when it is her. SOunds like she is a keeper. Mine does the same to me somtimess, but tells me she wont do it all the time, doesnt want me to get used to it

-- Gary, Little River,SC I've Learned that the Lord didn't do it all in one day and neither can I

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#11 posted 1353 days ago

I never answer the phone during a glue-up. Not even for my wife. I don’t even check to see who it is, I simply ignore it until I’m done. She can leave a message and I’ll call her back a few minutes later. There’s never a reason she can’t wait a few minutes for a callback. And if she can’t then she should be dialing 911 first. The same is true if she walks into the shop while I’m gluing up. Unless it requires a call to 911 then she waits and she knows it. And I lover her dearly because she understands this.

-- Don - I wood work if I could. Redmond WA.

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#12 posted 1352 days ago

what a wonderful story!!

still chuckling.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#13 posted 1352 days ago

My shop’s equipped with one of those, you can’t ignore me things.. Dual purpose flashing light and or loud ringer.
But there’s also the digital recorder… That light’s flashed in the midst of a tricky turn on the bandsaw and other inopportune
times and just keeps flashing til the voicemail kicks in..

-- Glen, Vernon B.C. Canada

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Jamie Speirs

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#14 posted 1352 days ago


Tough call. :)


A1 Jim
Wise wisdom.


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#15 posted 1352 days ago

Ultimately, the choice to answer the phone during a glueup is yours, but if you decide to, you should answer it, “You better be dying.” ;D

-- "Sorry I'm late. Somebody tampered with my brakes." "You should have been early, then."

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