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Forum topic by Tim Kindrick posted 07-27-2011 09:19 PM 1425 views 0 times favorited 35 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Tim Kindrick

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07-27-2011 09:19 PM

Topic tags/keywords: finishing humor

I love the company of my shop cats and also the fact that they keep rodents and snakes under control. BUT I hate it when I’m finishing a project (especially with poly) and find cat hairs in the finish.

Does anyone else have this problem or any good stories about their shop cats?

My cats used to bolt out of the shop every time I started a piece of equipment but now they just sleep right thru all the noise.

Another problem I had recently is when I painted some shop tables and later found that my cats had paint on their sides from rubbing against everything before it was dry. Not to mention the paw tracks across the tops :-(

-- I have metal in my neck but wood in my blood!!


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Richard

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#1 posted 07-27-2011 09:47 PM

A good shop dog will solve the shop cat problem. :)

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Mickey Cassiba

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#2 posted 07-27-2011 10:15 PM

My bench dog, Sparkie is not much better. And he won’t even bother with mice or snakes. I mostly turn pens and use CA as a finish. Ever try to get dog hair out of super glue???:-0

-- One of these hammers oughta fix that...

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Bertha

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#3 posted 07-27-2011 10:21 PM

I don’t have a problem with shopcats. I have other problems.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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Mickey Cassiba

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#4 posted 07-27-2011 10:26 PM

He’s(she’s?) cute! And trained to run a sander! How cool is that?

-- One of these hammers oughta fix that...

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#5 posted 07-27-2011 10:33 PM

I didn’t mind my cats in my shop that is until I started smelling cat piss. I don’t mind so much if I am in there but I make sure the cats are out when I leave the shop. Cat pee is a harsh smell.

-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"

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Tim Kindrick

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#6 posted 07-27-2011 10:48 PM

I have a “dog door” in my shop so the cats come and go at will. I’ve never had a problem with cat pee but one of my male cats will “spray” everything in the shop when the females are “in heat”. Dan, that’s probably what you’re smelling, it horrible!!!

The only time that I run the cats out of the shop is when I’m spraying on the finish because the shop fills up with fine particles (I haven’t tried my HVLP sprayer yet). AND my cats keep pulling off their little cat respirators. LOL

-- I have metal in my neck but wood in my blood!!

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Cosmicsniper

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#7 posted 07-27-2011 10:56 PM

I have three cats. The only cat that really spends time in my shop is my neighbor’s cat! They are peculiar little things!

-- jay, www.allaboutastro.com

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#8 posted 07-27-2011 11:16 PM

My cat moved to the shop when the bird entered the house. He passed away at 15 a few years ago. Sometimes my mind tricks me and I think I see him hanging out there. (yes, I know it was a mess)

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The bird that caused him to move in to the shop in disgust (just so you do not think is was a wimp)...

Pheobe

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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Tim Kindrick

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#9 posted 07-28-2011 12:51 AM

Here is my male cat giving me advice after reading some of my woodworking mags. LOL

-- I have metal in my neck but wood in my blood!!

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#10 posted 07-28-2011 02:52 AM

I used to let my dog in the shop but not anymore. I got tired of picking dog hair out of the finish. Plus I was afraid that the noise might hurt her hearing.

No animals in my shop except me, ants and the mice. Mice a controlled by traps. Ants controlled by ant traps. Any other flying critters get in, it’s between my can of bug spray and them.

-- Don, Diamond Lake Custom Woodworks - http://www.dlwoodworks.com - "If you make something idiot proof, all they do is make a better idiot"

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WayneC

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#11 posted 07-28-2011 03:00 AM

Any ideas what to do with peacocks? (look at my shop photos to see what I am talking about if you do not already know)

I find the junk that migrates out of the house to be worse than any pet that make’s way into the shop.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#12 posted 07-28-2011 03:24 AM

Here is Ma-roww doing some internal quality inspection of my Highboy!!

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Here is Ma-roww doing a comfort inspection!!

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-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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Tim Kindrick

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#13 posted 07-28-2011 04:48 AM

Thanks for all the photos guys! I guess everyone that has shop pets has the same hair problem. Anyone have any tips on keeping pet hair under control? OR in Wayne’s case, feathers?

Matt, I love the “Oh crap, I’m busted” look on your calico in the highboy. I’m very partial to calico cats! I have around 5?. It’s hard to count them because they come and go as they please. Btw, I live way out in the country so most of them actually live in the barns or under the house. I still think people look at me as “that Crazy Cat Dude” because I have around 10-12 cats in total.

-- I have metal in my neck but wood in my blood!!

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Tim Kindrick

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#14 posted 07-28-2011 04:57 AM

One of my rat catching calico cat’s doing her job.

-- I have metal in my neck but wood in my blood!!

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#15 posted 07-28-2011 05:04 AM

Now that my cat is gone, the rat population has gone way up. When he was a young cat he brought a young jack rabbit into the house and chased him into my son’s (1 year old or so ) bedroom at 2:30 AM. Nothing like waking up to pure chaos. If you have not heard a rabbit scream, it is a very distinctive sound.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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