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poopiekat

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12-19-2009 08:31 PM

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From time to time, while organizing my piles of junque, I come across this really dopey quartz clock made from a 10”saw blade. It was a gift from my Mother, probably 20-25 years ago. I don’t have the heart to toss it, and the single AA battery within is corroded beyond belief. Now, my mother is closing in on 80 years old, and there’s that twinge of guilt that zings through me for not ever hanging the damn thing in my shop.
Question for all LJ’s: What’s the dumbest gift you ever got, that is woodworking-related? Maybe two categories, the dumbest gift you ever got, OR, the dumbest gift you could think of for a Woodworker?

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!


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Rick Dennington

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#1 posted 12-19-2009 08:57 PM

Greetings: I also have a 10” sawblade clock( It says Skil on it) that runs on a single AA battery. My 2 nephews gave it to me one year for Christmas. The oldest brother was about 8, and the youngest was 6. Now they are 31, and 29. That’s how long I’ve had mine. I’ve hung it in two different shops(hanging in mine now), keeps perfect time, and I always know when to knock off for dinner, or for the day. It’s made from a steel blade. I wouldn’t take any amount of money for it, cause they are my 2 favorite nephews…..... keep on keeping on.

-- At my age, an "all--nighter" is not having to get up and pee...!!!

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poopiekat

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#2 posted 12-19-2009 09:31 PM

Thanks for the sentiment, Rick!
There was a question in there, did you miss it?

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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#3 posted 12-19-2009 09:53 PM

I have not received a bad woodworking gift. I would love to have a saw blade clock that was made by a family member

-- www.carvingandturningsbyrick.com, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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GMman

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#4 posted 12-19-2009 10:01 PM

I have a saw blade clock and it works and looks good, it would be stupid of me to throw it away, every shop should have one.
I also never had any bad woodworking gifts, any woodworking gift I get I enjoy and use them.

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cabinetmaster

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#5 posted 12-19-2009 10:01 PM

I can’t think of a bad gift I have ever received either. Buy I’d like to see what others post too.

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

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papadan

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#6 posted 12-19-2009 10:02 PM

I’ve got one of those saw blade clocks that Grizzly gave me some years ago as a thank you for an order. Battery ran down about 5 years ago and I never did get round to replacing it. I also got a hat from a friend that says “Worlds Greatest Carpenter” on it, he don’t know the difference, he’s a computer geek.

-- Carpenter assembles with hands, Designer builds with brains, Artist creates with heart!

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Mark

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#7 posted 12-19-2009 10:41 PM

my dad has a mastercraft brand blade clock but never took care of it and now its rusted etc. I wish I had it. I think he threw it out by now. Bad gift? Seeing someone else get a tool you wanted.

-- M.K.

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#8 posted 12-19-2009 11:20 PM

my x wife gave me one clamp a few years back – what do you do with one clamp? buy 3 more

-- -erik & christy-

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#9 posted 12-19-2009 11:27 PM

I agree that there is not a lot of bad christmas gifts but two things, We draw names at Christmas for brother-in-laws and I am the only one that uses his hands in a craft, the others are computer people and their hobbies are computer stuff and reading. Every year I get a screw driver with the interchangable tips. I have about ten of them throughout the house and a couple in the shop and one in each of the vehicles..

The other one is a classic. My previous Mother-in-Law overheard me telling my ex that I need some casters(wheels) to put on different things so that I could move things around the shop. We always went to their house on Christmas day for dinner and open gifts with her family. My Mother-in-law was joyful and handed me a gift and I opened it to find four little plastic caster wheels like the ones that come on a toy baby crib. They were clear about the size of a 50 cent piece with a silver caster. I told her she was the best and they would be very useful, Thank you. My ex talked about those wheels every year after that. I still have them in my junk hardware tub and may use them someday. I will have to buy the inserts first!! LOL

-- Humble Wood Servant

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Heidi Neely

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#10 posted 12-19-2009 11:32 PM

I was brought up to be greatful to receive a gift. It REALLY is the thought that counts…and I would never complain if it’s not my IDEAL gift. Complaining about someone thinking enough of you to give you something doesn’t make sense to me.
The truth is that most people not involved in woodworking have no idea what to give to someone who is. The fact that they paid attention to ATTEMPT to get something in a field related to your interests is gift enough. It just means that you’re lucky enough to have people in your life that care. That’s just the way I feel about it.

Happy Holidays to ALL Lumberjocks…..and to ALL a good night! : )

-- Heidi :) “The only source of knowledge is experience”

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GMman

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#11 posted 12-19-2009 11:33 PM

pete make her a gift so you can use those wheels, she will love that.

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#12 posted 12-19-2009 11:38 PM

k girl you are so right “It REALLY is the thought that counts” what I do I will give a hint like I will look at something and say that, boy that is nice I should get one of those, works all the time with my wife and kids.

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#13 posted 12-19-2009 11:47 PM

Webwood said”my x wife gave me one clamp a few years back – what do you do with one clamp? buy 3 more”
—-erik & christy-
Giving only 1 clamp is like giving someone a gun for Christmas and not giving them any shells. Its useless

-- My job is to give my kids things to discuss with their therapist....medic20447@gmail.com

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webwood

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#14 posted 12-19-2009 11:54 PM

i certainly didn’t mean to disrespect anyone – we both laughed about it after she understood – i just thought it was funny

-- -erik & christy-

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papadan

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#15 posted 12-20-2009 12:58 AM

This thread got me to remembering. One time I got a tape measure. It was 6’ with a post it pad on the side, a little pencil in a hole on the end, and a bubble level mounted on top. The level was glued on crooked, and the first time I let it go, the tape snapped off at the 3/4” mark. LOL Not wood related, but there is a salesman at work who is always looking for favors from the techs. Last year he gave all of us a Christmas gift. He bought a set of wrenches from HF, and put a little bow on each one, and handed them out to each of us. Not a set, just the individual pieces of the set. LOL

-- Carpenter assembles with hands, Designer builds with brains, Artist creates with heart!

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