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653 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: humor random thoughts before after

I am sure we all have been there. We all have thoughts on how something will go and the reality…well…is a little different…

Before – “I am glad I got these tools, it will be cool to make my own furniture…”
After – “Why did I get these tools? I can’t wait to make a board that is square…”

Before – “I am going to make my son a model train for Christmas…”
After – “My kid is still only 12, maybe he will still think it is cool to play with wooden blocks…”

Before – “I think I am going to try my hand at a few hand cut dovetails…”
After – “Do they sell wood filler by the quart?”

Before “I won’t need to mark out the center of these drill holes, I will use dead reckoning…”
After “I think I have an article somewhere on how to make wood plugs…”

Anyone care to add to the list?

-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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4282 posts in 708 days

#1 posted 653 days ago

Before – “this is so much fun, I’m going to make a kajillion of them and give them all as gifts”
After – “I’m never making another one of these $#^% things!”

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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2833 posts in 881 days

#2 posted 653 days ago

Before: Sure honey, you can try turning a pen and see if you like it”
After: “Sure honey, I’ll stop what I am doing, change blades on the table saw, get the cross cut sled and cut up and drill a dozen blanks for you. I wasn’t doing anything important anyway.”


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2898 posts in 2135 days

#3 posted 653 days ago

Before: Dang, it still doesn’t fit… I’ll give the table saw fence one more tap…
After: Hmmm… I wonder if anyone on Lumberjocks has ever had to fill-in those kind of gaps?!

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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Craftsman on the lake

2382 posts in 2070 days

#4 posted 653 days ago

Before: I’ve thought about this design for a month. It WILL work.
After: Okay, the full size mattress doesn’t fit in the bed…. How do I expand a bed.. hmmm….

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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4666 posts in 2526 days

#5 posted 653 days ago

Before: 30 years old and knew everything
After: 52 and know nothing

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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Don W

14880 posts in 1200 days

#6 posted 653 days ago

Before: a 24×40 shop will be plenty big enough
After: where the heck did all this ’’stuff’’ come from

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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13018 posts in 1974 days

#7 posted 653 days ago

today : finally i can get that project started

today after coffee : i better go lay down
my back is killing me

-- 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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David Craig

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#8 posted 653 days ago

Before – “This is the last tool I need to buy…”
After – “This is the last tool I need to buy…”
After – “This is the last tool I need to buy…”
After – “This is the last tool I need to buy…”

-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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2950 posts in 919 days

#9 posted 653 days ago

I’ll make a blanket chest using only biscuits and glue. I could have glued up four sides of this thing without those $%&#$%#$ biscuits and made it better three weeks ago.

Or my favorite quandary…All the saws are square, I measured four times with Grissly machine tools and still the damn thing has a gap, only to realize the board cupped a bit after I planed it.

A clamp a chisel and a sander will fix most anything.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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7270 posts in 1247 days

#10 posted 653 days ago

before …. i think i got this
after …....i wasnt thinking

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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1577 posts in 1924 days

#11 posted 653 days ago

For me, it’s “after and before”, not “before and after” :

After: Christ, I’m glad that’s out of my shop. NO MORE COMMISSIONS!
Before: Could you make me a [.......]? Yeah, I suppose so.

-- "Sorry I'm late. Somebody tampered with my brakes." "You should have been early, then."

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1787 posts in 1907 days

#12 posted 653 days ago

before: “high gloss poly! 2 coats?! Great!”
after:…create new forum…title: HELP ME!!! HOW DO YOU GET A GLOSSY FINISH???

-- My purpose in life: Making sawdust

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1494 posts in 905 days

#13 posted 653 days ago

before: ”...yes Dear, I can make Rocking Horses for each of those 2 darling Grandchildren”.

...9 Grandchildren [and horses] later…

after: ” ...yes Dear, I could make Rocking Horses for those 2 darling Great-Grandchildren, but it seems like their parents could share theirs”.

Work Safely and have Fun. – Great-Grandpa Len

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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#14 posted 653 days ago

I have been there, all of these posts! I guess that human nature and the facts of life.

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#15 posted 653 days ago

b4 and after

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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