What's the dumbest thing someone has said to you regarding woodworking?

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08-10-2015 02:03 AM

I have had a few people in my life that don’t seem to understand exactly what it is that we do in our shops. I am hoping to get a collection of the dumbest things that people say to woodworkers, mainly for laughs, or commiseration. I’ll get the ball rolling with a few good ones that have been tossed my way:

1. “Why wouldn’t you just buy one at IKEA?” – upon learning that the lumber I just bought costs significantly more than their version of whatever I was making.
2. “Can you make me a dresser just like that one? I’d love to have it by this Saturday.”
3. “Don’t you just need one saw? Why do you have all these?” – I think they were under the impression that a circular saw was the only kind of saw. Same thing has been said of and applies to my handsaw collection.

To be fair, none of these were said to me by my wife, who rarely says a dumb thing.

Let’s hear what you’ve got!!

-- Bailey F - Eastern Mass.

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#1 posted 08-10-2015 02:53 AM

“That looks just as good as store bought”

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#2 posted 08-10-2015 02:57 AM

Make it with Pine or Spruce it doesn’t matter , we are going to paint it!

-- Ken from Ontario, Canada

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#3 posted 08-10-2015 05:18 AM

I though you’d be much cheaper than the HD.

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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#4 posted 08-10-2015 11:35 AM

Hah! These are great. Keep em coming!

-- Bailey F - Eastern Mass.

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#5 posted 08-10-2015 01:20 PM

Might not be the dumbest but I sure get tired of hearing:
We would like it to be spectacular, we have caviar taste, but a beer budget.

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#6 posted 08-10-2015 01:22 PM

When you’re sitting in a booth selling your items and someone says “Wow, Did you MAKE this?”

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#7 posted 08-11-2015 02:35 AM

Or from that know it all woodworker who always seems to be a beloved family member, This is the only right and best way to do it!

-- Learn Relentlessly

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#8 posted 08-11-2015 01:47 PM

“You need to…” and then proceeds to tell me how to do something they know nothing about! Or tells everyone that my project was their idea and they told me how to do it.

“How come you don’t use nails when you build furniture?”

“Make it out of pine but make it look like oak”

“Why is your stuff so expensive? I can buy one just like it a Wal-Mart for $3.00”

-- Every day above ground is a good day!!!

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#9 posted 08-11-2015 06:44 PM

Fishing falls into the same catagory as woodworking…......

“Why do you need all them rods”.? You can only use one at a time..
“How come you have a different bait tied on each rod”?
“Why do you need all them plastic boxes full of lures and worms”?

Then the “essential” questions like:
“Why do you have two table saws back to back”?
“You don’t need 4 router thingies, do you.”?
“I see you don’t have such and such….I think you need one of those”...

So…I just hurry them out the door and lock it…..

-- " At my age, happy hour is a crap and a nap".....

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#10 posted 08-11-2015 07:32 PM

While working on a nice QS white oak monitor stand with hand cut dovetails for my wife, “What’s taking so long, all you needed to do was nail a couple boards together?”

-- In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock. Thomas Jefferson

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#11 posted 08-11-2015 07:36 PM

“I saw this flyer from Ikea or Ashley…. How much could you make it for?

-- “The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” Mark Twain

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#12 posted 08-11-2015 07:51 PM

I was making a cedar bench for my sister and my mother wanted to know what was taking so long it’s only four boards

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#13 posted 08-11-2015 08:10 PM

Me: “this will probably take me about 10 Hrs to finish. However, since we are neighbors I’m not looking to make a ton of money, how about I’ll do it for $100?”

Neighbor: “how about $25 and you keep the extra material…?”

Scrap plywood and $2.50/Hr is more than sufficient to feed myself and my loved ones, of course I took the job!

-- Hoopty scoop?

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#14 posted 08-11-2015 11:05 PM

We were at an “Arts and Craps” fair one day and I saw a sign in someone’s booth that made me laugh. It said…

”Sure, your husband / brother / father / uncle / probably COULD build you one. But WILL HE? ”

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#15 posted 08-12-2015 11:36 AM

On the other hand, I have a friend who taps maple trees and makes syrup. I love to ask him about this process. He is probably on posting some of my questions.

-- “Big man, pig man, ha ha, charade you are.” ― R. Waters

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