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Forum topic by DKV posted 03-11-2012 07:46 PM 801 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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03-11-2012 07:46 PM

I’m sure we have all experienced a trying bout or two with our shop pets. Mine happens to be a cat, two to be exact. With two whenever one does something I’m not sure who to blame and they get away with it…whatever it is at the time. Before I go into my tail (tale) I want everyone to know that a pet in the workshop makes everything better although at times very trying and challenging. Anyway, here’s what happened.

Sometime during the night one of my cats threwup on top of my tablesaw. Cats are known for throwing up. Not only did he throw up but he made sure that he was standing over the throat of the saw. I did not have my zero clearance plate in and most of the mess ended up on my blade, the arbor and nut and at the bottom of the dust chute. To make matters worse the mess was about half dried. I cleaned it all up and made a discovery. The acid in cat vomit has the ability to very slightly etch metal. I now have a puddle shaped outline on top of my saw.
Anyway, it’s all cleaned up. I had to yell at them for a minute to let them know who is boss of the shop and not to do it again. I’m sure we all have tales to tell about our shop pets. It would be interesting to hear a few.


PS- I don’t have mice or rats so they do earn their room and board.

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#1 posted 03-12-2012 04:48 AM

I have three dogs. They keep the cats from sneaking in and puking on my saw, but they do get in the way. The yorkie’s not too bad, she lays under the table saw, even while it’s running. She’ll come out covered in sawdust, then go roll in the grass. She’ll steal the offcuts and run out in the yard with them. The other day she grabbed a three foot strip I’d ripped off and ran with it. Mind you, this is a ten pound dog with three inch legs. Her head is smaller than my fist and she has 18 inches of board sticking out of each side, three inches off the ground. She hung up several times trying to run out from under the saw, finally got it turned right and ran to her woodpile. My wife asked why I kept throwing wood way out in the yard, and I said it wasn’t me, watch this, I threw the dog a little piece of walnut and she ran straight out to the same spot and chewed on it for thirty minutes. The one that really gets in the way is my 80 pound pit bull. Every time I move or make a noise, he runs up and stares at me until I scratch his head. If I have my hand down at my side he’ll nudge it with his nose until I have to run him off. I also have a Shepherd that’s usually laying in my chair. I have to tell her to move when I want to sit down. Then the other two want to jump up in my lap. It’s funny, Gypsy doesn’t know she’s just a rat, and Max doesn’t know he’s a moose. He wants to curl up and lay in my lap, just like she does. I can’t get too upset with him, he does keep the cat puke at bay.

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