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Forum topic by RedMac posted 08-25-2011 04:45 PM 1465 views 0 times favorited 43 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-25-2011 04:45 PM

First of all, thanks to those of you that sent a note welcoming me to the site. I don’t spend much time posting stuff on the web, but I enjoy the discussions on here so much that I am changing my ways.

That said, I think I may have a problem.

Six months ago I didn’t even know what a router was used for.

Although my father is an avid woodworker, I never took a serious interest until recently. Apparently woodworking is a genetic trait of some sort that can lie dormant for 35 years and then take over your life.

I rebuilt my kids sandbox using a cheap chop saw and some 2 by 4s and ever since I can think of nothing other than jigs, wood grains, power tools, etc.

When I go to bed at night – and I am 100% serious – I fall asleep thinking about how I want to join the pieces of wood for the shop benches I am building. I am utterly obsessed.

I currently work from home which allows me far too much time to spend in the garage I am rapidly converting to a wood shop. I started out with a low end drill press and chop saw. I recently found a great deal on a discontinued router table system at WoodCraft and have added that along with a Delta dust vac and some jigs I got from the aforementioned parent. I have built, taken apart, rebuilt and replaced benches for equipment I don’t even own yet. I have drawings and projects in mind that will occupy me for the rest of my natural life and I can’t stop thinking of unnecessary built ins to install in my house. I check Craigslist every 90 minutes to find the table saw I’ve realized I cant live without and I now own enough scrap wood to ensure I never need firewood again.

I’m looking forward to posting some shop pics and swapping info on here but what I really may need is a support group for this particular brand of OCD.

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#1 posted 08-25-2011 04:57 PM

RedMac, welcome to the club. I think you’ll find a few people just like you on LJs.

And if you have a bent for designing things to make, just wait till you get to know sketchup or some other CAD program …

-- I may have lost my marbles, but I still have my love of woodworking

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#2 posted 08-25-2011 05:08 PM

You are among your own here….

-- StevieP ~ Micheal Tompkins - you were not here on earth long but left a giant mark on us. RIP Brother

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#3 posted 08-25-2011 05:14 PM

yes….you’re one of US now…....!

-- I did measure it twice, it's still too short.

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#4 posted 08-25-2011 05:30 PM

Yeppers. You’ve definitely got the bug. Just like the rest of us! :D
I have the tools and wood but am lacking on time right now to do what I’d like.

Have fun and enjoy the ride!

-- Chris ~~Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past."

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#5 posted 08-25-2011 05:41 PM

Welcome to LJA (LumberJocks Anonymous). My name is Matt and I haven’t made sawdust in almost a week. Thanks for letting me share. Seriously though, this place will help. Your addiction to woodworking will be limited by the amount of time you spend on here. Not sure if that really helps though. lol.

-- Matt -

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#6 posted 08-25-2011 06:14 PM

When I was shopping for a Jointer, my wife says I was talking about it in my sleep.

-- I'm just learning how to cut the stuff with some other stuff...

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#7 posted 08-25-2011 06:29 PM

So, what do you need help with. Sounds to me like you have found the right path – grasshopper

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#8 posted 08-25-2011 06:31 PM

We all do it. The voices get more articulate over time but they never go away:)

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

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Don W

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#9 posted 08-25-2011 08:11 PM

Welcome to the club. Whatever you do, never ever buy a used handplane and restore it. If you do…..just remember you were warned.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#10 posted 08-25-2011 08:14 PM

didn’t anyone warn you? cheap chop saws are a gateway drug!

-- StevieP ~ Micheal Tompkins - you were not here on earth long but left a giant mark on us. RIP Brother

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#11 posted 08-25-2011 08:32 PM

LOL! Like Don says, forget you saw this:

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

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#12 posted 08-25-2011 08:34 PM

Sounds to me like you are eat plum up with it…..whatever “it” is….Noone on here can help you with your addicition, ‘cause we all went through it at one time or another. You”ll just have to work it out yourself. That means: have lots of $$$$, have room for the new toys, spend hours away from the wife and kids(?), and just become a loner until it eventually wears off…..NOT…I’ve been in this game for 26 years, and it is still in my blood…..will be in yours, too….Trust me on this….I know, as we all do…..Happy hunting..

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

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#13 posted 08-25-2011 09:19 PM

there’s no cure for WW madness…I used to go to bed and read real books, now WW mags have a permanent place on the nightstand…my waking moments are either doing WW or thinking about it. It started innocently, kind of like snorting coke at a party…I had some basement renos to do…then I bought a cheap TS for the renos…and realized that I needed a workbench…and then bought my first handplane…then a better TS…then a dust collector…now I’m just a small step away from turning tricks for my next Stanley #4 off of Ebay… Seriously, welcome to the club. Enjoy the ride!

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

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#14 posted 08-26-2011 01:05 AM

Following Al’’s lead….. Take another puff…. lol

Stanley Bedrock 605 Handplane - After Side

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

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#15 posted 08-26-2011 01:14 AM

the waters warm … cmon in. Stop bogarting all of it Wayne …

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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