Am I the only one who loves woodworking but hates carpentry?

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10-11-2010 12:20 AM

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I’ve had a missing strip of baseboard in the entry way since we installed the hardwood floors about 6 months ago. I’ve been procrastinating about getting it installed. Today, I decided, was the day. I already had the needed baseboard molding so I took some measurements went out to the shop and cut the wrong size, 3 times! Yes I did measure twice and cut once, problem is that I measured twice wrong … sigh! I finally got it cut to the right length and thought, I’m not going to drag out the nailer and run air hose all the way from the workshop to the front entry way, I will do the the old fashioned way with hammer and nails. Bad idea .. I’m sooo NOT a hand tool guy! 30 minutes with both the air and my thumb turning blue, I finally tossed the hammer aside, walked out to the workshop, returning with 75’ of air hose tailing behind and nailer in hand. Bam Bam Bam … the task was done.

I’m at a loss to understand why I love woodworking so much, yet I dislike carpentry jobs around the home. It makes no sense, it involves the same tools and many of the same techniques. Am I the only one like this?


-- Jim in Langley BC Canada ---

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#1 posted 10-11-2010 12:41 AM

I can relate to your feelings… and I think it has something to do with the baseboard being a chore, where the work in the shop is a pleasure.

I have three locksets to install on doors on our second floor, cannot get excited about putting them on, we’ve only built the house 8 years ago… :(

I always seem to find time to move things in the yard with the bobcat, work in the shop, drive tractor in the pastures, etc. but there is absolutely no time for lockset installation.

-- Randy "You are judged as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give..."

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#2 posted 10-11-2010 12:46 AM

It’s our shared cave.
I know the feeling.
Yet if I go to my sons I just love doing all his repairs.
Gives me a chance to share something with my son and he gets some new tools. :)

-- 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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#3 posted 10-11-2010 12:48 AM

Same bucket, built ours 5 years ago and still don’t have the transition molding between the hardwood and tile floors in two spots in the house. My wife reminds me all the time.

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#4 posted 10-11-2010 01:09 AM

~shrug~ I really enjoy working on my place.

-- Ohh mann...pancakes and boobies...I'll bet that's what Heaven is like! ♣ ♣ ♣ ♣

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#5 posted 10-11-2010 01:10 AM

I actually find that my woodworking skills tend to help me do better at carpentry projects. It also seems that carpentry doesnt seem to have the intense concentration that woodworking does…maybe thats why I enjoy it from time to time.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#6 posted 10-11-2010 01:12 AM

You guys would just love remodeling older houses then, they are never as planned. Some days I think I put in more time going back and forth to the truck to get a different tool than actually getting something acomplished

-- Doug...

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#7 posted 10-11-2010 01:25 AM

I know that routine Doug. I enjoy remodeling work because of the diversity.

Jim, I think it may be becuase shop time is relaxing and maintenance is work.

I dunno ~shrug~ :)

-- Ohh mann...pancakes and boobies...I'll bet that's what Heaven is like! ♣ ♣ ♣ ♣

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#8 posted 10-11-2010 01:37 AM

I definitely prefer woodworking over carpentry for several reasons. One reason is that I like to be in my workshop and not “on location”. However, when I do a carpentry project ( like building a closet for my church) I like to embed some woodworking features such as a sliding dovetail or some M&T joinery. That’s how I put my “touch” into the project.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#9 posted 10-11-2010 01:47 AM

I happen to be a carpenter and cabinetmaker, so both come second nature to me :)

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#10 posted 10-11-2010 01:50 AM

My basement renos have stalled significantly since I turned my interest to woodworking. Carpentry gave me an excuse to invest in better tools, but I still have a difficult time motivating myself to hang doors and put up trim.

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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#11 posted 10-11-2010 01:51 AM

I’m both also and have my good and bad days in either department.

-- Custom furniture

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#12 posted 10-11-2010 02:29 AM

I do both all the time so it,s all easy to me :-)

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#13 posted 10-11-2010 02:48 AM


You are singing my song. I took up the baseboards when I installed hardwood floors in my house with the intent to install new baseboards that would look nicer than the plain jane ones that were installed when the house was built. That was well over a year ago and still there aren’t any baseboards. There are still a few little touches needed to finish my basement (only 6 or 7 years in the works). Yet, I always find a few minutes to go to the shop. I generally prefer to work in my shop because then I don’t have to drag out my tools. I also don’t like to work somewhere other than my home because, invariably, there will be a tool that I need, that of course I forgot to bring.

-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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#14 posted 10-11-2010 04:39 AM

It’s the difference between what you “have” to do versus want you “want” to do.

-- A woman's work is never done-but power tools help!

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#15 posted 10-11-2010 05:01 AM

I hate working “in or on” my house , and doing a build or remodel job…That means I have to drag all my tools from the shop, work on the house project, go get more tools that I need, bring them in, and finally when I’m finished, I got to take them all back “out” to the shop and put them all up again….Too much wear and tear on my old bod, back, and knees…...I need to hire a carpenter….

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

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