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Forum topic by Russel posted 03-06-2008 07:43 PM 894 views 0 times favorited 15 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-06-2008 07:43 PM

In an email from Woodcraft there was this interesting little advertisement.


Every woodworker has a mishap story involving safety, a poor construction practice, or a bad project design or finish. Here’s your chance to help fellow woodworkers work smarter, safer, and better. Tell us your story in one page or less. If we publish it in Woodcraft Magazine, you’ll receive a new Leigh Super 12”Dovetail Jig.

I understand that they are attempting to publish stories to scare woodworkers into safer practices, but this just struck me a little odd. To my way of thinking, they’re saying “If you messed up bad enough, we’ll reward you with a free tool.” I don’t know about you folks, but when I did something silly and broke something or hurt myself, my mother (after providing first aid) simply said, “Serves you right for doing something silly.”

So while I’m interested in mistakes and how to avoid them, I’m not sure that a reward is appropriate. What’cha think?

-- Working at Woodworking

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#1 posted 03-06-2008 07:48 PM

Does seem kind of funny, huh?

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#2 posted 03-06-2008 07:55 PM

It would make a great book for the bathroom “the things I messed up in my life and I lived to tell about” <laugh>
Or better yet a pod cast.

-- "so much to learn and so little time"..

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#3 posted 03-06-2008 07:56 PM

that is kind of funny. so in some peoples situations doing something dumb will get them a brand new tool. hopefully it doesn’t give some people incentive to try to do something dumb hoping that they’ll win a free tool.

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#4 posted 03-06-2008 08:39 PM

Maybe it’s a ploy by the insurance industry to identify high-risk inidividuals.

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#5 posted 03-06-2008 08:49 PM

i could see that

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#6 posted 03-06-2008 10:37 PM

I’m kinda wondering what limbs I have to endanger to get me a nice bandsaw …

-- Working at Woodworking

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#7 posted 03-06-2008 11:13 PM

I find this oddly coincidental. Last week I was trying to cut a dovetail in a piece of nicely figured cherry, and the dovetail jig slipped and ruined the joint. So, as we were trying to figure out how to solve this problem, my sweety insisted that we go get a new Leigh dovetail jig so that the problem didn’t happen again.

I don’t know if that counts, but I think I’ll try to write it up to be entertaining enough for publication…

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California,

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#8 posted 03-06-2008 11:39 PM

It does seem to be rather convoluted. Being rewarded for doing something careless or stupid? Go figure.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#9 posted 03-06-2008 11:42 PM

I think it is a good idea to ask about the outcome of someone making a mistake, if it turned out good. But to offer a reward of a free tool to someone because of a mistake they made that caused an injury? Not a good idea. To think that if someone would hurt themselves on purpose to receive a reward is hard to belive, but then I guess there is that person out there someplace.

-- "Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life" Solomon

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#10 posted 03-07-2008 03:11 PM

Ahh, a new tag line:
“You cannot fix stupid, but you can reward it!”

-- Jim

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#11 posted 03-07-2008 03:25 PM

“You cannot fix stupid, but you can reward it!””

Too late , the govt already has that one.


-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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#12 posted 03-07-2008 11:09 PM

well if thier rewarding for stupid mistakes they better get one heck of a large truck , cause i got a huge load of tools comeing to me ! lol

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#13 posted 03-08-2008 03:06 AM

They should be rewarding you with a first aid kit!

-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!

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#14 posted 03-08-2008 12:24 PM

I think it is a dumb idea. The worst horror story gets rewarded…?

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#15 posted 03-08-2008 03:12 PM

Yea rikkor but I’ve sure had a lot of dumb things happen to me. In other words I would’nt have to think up anything new I’ve made so many blunders that I’ve escaped serious harm from it’s not funny. But yea dumb idea to make profit off someones misery. mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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