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08-07-2008 12:31 PM

During a brief encounter with a self-appointed freedom of information publisher, Karson suggested (I assume in jest) a poll about hair in the workshop. Now based on his picture and what I’ve seen of myself in the mirror, we share the same impairment; follicle expatriation. So, the idea of hair and anything causes me a certain amusement.

Then I took a break from the thread of the day and went to my non-air conditioned shop. With both temp and humidity in the upper 80s, there was a noticable amount of moisture accumulating on my head as I was busy sanding some parts. As time went on, this moisture started to roll down my forehead and eventually started droppin on the piece I was sanding (naturally raising the grain of course). It was then I thought that maybe it was a bit warm.

Personally, I don’t like to wear hats so that is not a good solution to this problem. I’ve taken to tying a rag around my head which causes the wife to walk in and say something like “Wax on, Wax off.” That’s how I’ve handled my situation for the moment.

I know there are other follicly challenged individuals here so do you all wear hats? Or are there other ways to keep your work dry? And, does a full head of hair make a difference?

-- Working at Woodworking

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#1 posted 08-07-2008 12:43 PM

As a non-follicle challenged member, I still have the sweat problem. Though I would imagine you have more drip than a follicle imbued person. Is imbued the correct word to use there?

I do not wear hats in my own house, other’s people houses yes, in the shop I go the kilt route and usually go with a full bandana, this helps both to keep the dust out of the hair and the sweat from dripping. The right bandana makes you look bad-a$$, the wrong one and you look like a girl scout troop leader…not that there is anything wrong with being a girl scout troop leader…

-- Rich, anybody want a peanut?

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#2 posted 08-07-2008 01:30 PM

I like the bandana for keeping sweat out of my eyes and off my project and sawdust off my head. My wife did the same “wax on, wax off!”, once. I decided to not wear the bandana and went upstairs into the living room (where she was watching TV) and ran my hands over my sawdust laden head and dust went everywhere. She yelled something like “What the $%&@ are you doing?”, to which I replied Sawdust on, Sawdust off! She no longer makes snide comments on my attire.

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#3 posted 08-07-2008 01:46 PM

I achieve the same response just by sitting on the sofa and watching it turn white from the saw-dust off of my clothes.

-- Rich, anybody want a peanut?

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#4 posted 08-07-2008 02:10 PM

I have all my hair, and @ 46 I guess I am lucky! As far a sweating goes…I get sweaty watching other people work! I have had that problem, where I am working on a piece and I sweat on it! I hate when that happens, and I don’t go for the Mr Miyagi look, so I just keep a towel handy and try and towel down occasionally to keep from sweating on my work..


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#5 posted 08-07-2008 02:27 PM

I wear a hat outside to keep the sun off my hea, the hair I have is thin, inside the shop I have towels handy to wipe the sweat off.

I was a Girl Scout troop leader when my daughter was in 5th grade, to be a leader you needed to be a girl scout so I joined (what we will do for our kids, go figure). Rich, you may look like a troop leader and not even know it. If I knew how to post my picture in that little box I would do it.

-- Ron Central, CA

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#6 posted 08-07-2008 02:29 PM

My mother was a girl scout troop leader, it was always fun to bring home 100s of cases of cookies.

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#7 posted 08-07-2008 02:54 PM

As a follicly-impaired individual, I too suffer from this problem. I suppose a headband would be a good solution, although I’ve never tried one. My standard work-around is to keep a clean shop towel in my pocket, and wipe frequently.

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

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#8 posted 08-07-2008 04:53 PM

Look at my pic, I’m covered in hair.

Seriously, I have a full head of hair, and I can work up a good sweat just sipping a beer outside…and it gets everywhere! When I’m working, I go the bandana route, and fancy myself a cool biker-dude. I even put on my oldest, nastiest pair of jeans, and an eaten up old T-shirt to really pull off the look.

-- Living on the square...

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#9 posted 08-07-2008 04:53 PM

I got hair…maybe too much. I like wearing headbands as they keep the sweat from running into my eyes, but the wife says I look like Tommy Chong. What is it with wives?

-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!

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#10 posted 08-07-2008 05:26 PM

As you can see I still have most of my hair @ 64 (65 in Oct.) and it contributes to my sweating. I sweat just thinking about work. I have this sweat band (for Jogging NOT) that I wear when I work in the shop and it helps a lot. I do get this weird form of hat hair when I wear it, kind of bushy on the top and flat on the sides. Once I put it on it has to stay for the rest of the day.

-- waroland, Mount Juliet, TN

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#11 posted 08-07-2008 07:51 PM

Come on, admit it.

We (if I can presume to use the words we and our) just pull up the front of our shirt tails and wipe our face. Drives my wife nuts!


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#12 posted 08-07-2008 09:14 PM

Okay this has been fun so far. It’s nice to know mine isn’t the only wife who has comments for my attire. Now the whole girl scout diversion was unexpected. I did have to catch myself from laughing too loud at some of the responses.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#13 posted 08-07-2008 10:06 PM

God only made a few perfect heads: the others He put hair on.

I wear a hat over my bald spots.

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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#14 posted 08-07-2008 10:17 PM

sorry what does WAX ON WAX OFF MEAN????Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#15 posted 08-07-2008 10:33 PM

I employ a crack team of young ladies to use large bamboo fans to gently waft a breeze to keep my head dry.

What? Huh? Coffee, dear? Thanks. Oh, yeah. I wear a hat.

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