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Greg In Maryland

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09-22-2011 01:05 AM

Topic tags/keywords: lee-valley

My wife busted me last night looking at forbidden material. I innocently told her that I was reading the articles and she somewhat pointedly told me that the new Lee-Valley/Veritas catalog does not have articles and that I was up to something with all the the dogeared pages. I guess that any mystery packages that show up at our door will only make it worse …I guess I better stop digging the whole I am in before I get completely buried.

Oh well, I can always fantasize, can’t I?

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#1 posted 09-22-2011 01:09 AM

make stuff for her and the kids

then the tools
and the catalogs
will have some respect

but don’t be surprised

when they come to you
with their own catalogs

and ask you to build things from them

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#2 posted 09-22-2011 01:38 AM

+1 to what Patron said. When my wife found out she could have a nice bed frame, I was surprised to found out how much money she allotted for my upcoming tool and wood purchases

-- Dan, Rochester, NY

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#3 posted 09-22-2011 01:44 AM

man Greg, you made me laugh out loud with this. I’ve spent the last week reading the new LV catalogue in bed by headlight…haven’t dogeared the pages but made several mental lists!

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

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#4 posted 09-22-2011 01:50 AM

Next time hide it in the middle of a playboy.

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#5 posted 09-22-2011 01:56 AM

Lee Valley is one of the best Dream Catalogs around! Start sharing the Gardening catalog, too, maybe then she’ll understand you better!


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#6 posted 09-22-2011 02:01 AM

I’m a straight man who likes to cook and garden. Go figure. That LV gardening catalog is as sinful as the tool catalog.

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

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#7 posted 09-22-2011 02:42 AM

Laughing here, big time.
For me it is Ebay, if I look there I am in trouble with the GF.

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#8 posted 09-22-2011 03:41 AM

oh, great!!! I’ve never heard of it…now i have…I’m too broke to find out about goodie magazines!

-- ~christine @ used2btrees

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Greg In Maryland

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#9 posted 09-22-2011 04:08 AM

@Patron and Dan—I’ll have to give that a try. I did install trim in a room once and needed a new nail gun. Perhaps, I should be more creative in my thinking.

@Rob—I really envy Canadians because of Lee Valley. Unfortunately, my wife won’t consider a move north. She does not handle the cold very well.

@Pat—It would be easier for me to survive the delivery of a brand new Unisaw than one peek at at Playboy. I’ll just stick with Lee Valley.

@Barb—I am not sure that a gardening catalog would help my wife understand me. I think that she gave up years ago. However, our two little boys are doing more on that front than any book or expert.

@Al—I like to cook and garden as well, but I am a bit off center. Do I still get to keep my man card?

@ Mads—I am in the same boat with ebay. Fortunately, my last purchase was only $10.50 for a nearly complete Stanley 78 so I didn’t get too much grief. I haven’t told my wife that I just have to have a fence a fence …

@ Christine—lee valley has great products and I really enjoy flipping though their catalogs.

Thanks for all the suggestions and support. I knew I could count on Lumberjocks to understand!

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#10 posted 09-22-2011 04:18 AM

haha always the same here with me and the wife too. :P No matter what the catalog I get scolded and told I don’t need anything. She really flips when I go to CL or eBay. lol Oh well, gotta have something to annoy them with. At least we don’t look at Prada, Gucci, Coach, and Luis Vuitton. :D

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

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#11 posted 09-22-2011 04:23 AM

You guys crack me up. You have to hide the catalogs inside a comic book. Yes, you’ll get a high brow sneer about the reading material, but that’s about it.

I personally don’t read comic books though, it’s just a suggestion. I have no worries about getting caught looking through a woodworking catalog. My wife easily spends 5X on her quilting than I spend on woodworking including what I spend on the tools. I’ve seen the receipts. You may not believe what that cloth costs. It’s up there with rosewood! And most of my wood working ends up used in the house, anyway. Even so, she has the nerve to call my tools toys. Her sewing machine alone cost more than every mechanic tool I own, including the tool boxes, and I used to earn a living at it.

-- Random Orbital Nailer

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#12 posted 09-22-2011 04:51 AM

Tool porn. Oh, the shame.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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Greg In Maryland

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#13 posted 09-22-2011 05:30 AM

@ Atom, can you have your wife send me quilt? That might mollify my wife ….

@ Charlie, acceptance is the first step. Yes Lumberjocks, I like to look at tool porn. Lots of it. Big tools, little tools, power tools, hand tools, everything. I really can’t stop. I really don’t want to.

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#14 posted 09-22-2011 05:38 AM

After decades of reading”unauthorized material” I have tried to quit-something about old
Yes I still read,but now my eyes don’t cloud over thinking about things I don’t have-so there is hope!
Not to mention that my list of”gotta haves” is pretty small-take comfort the disease does diminish.

-- "certified sawdust maker"

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#15 posted 09-22-2011 06:42 AM

I would work on my memory and quit dog earing those pages ;-))

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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