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Forum topic by RussellAP posted 11-20-2012 01:22 PM 1216 views 0 times favorited 26 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-20-2012 01:22 PM

I think we all have some habits brought on by experience and some OCD. Some of them are good, like waiting for the saw blade to come to a complete stop before removing the wood, and some of them are not so good.

What bad habit do you have when working with wood and tools.

Here is mine;
Even if I’m confident that I measured it right, I still cut it a little bit long and rely on my sander to do the fit.

What is yours?

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

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#1 posted 11-20-2012 01:42 PM

Not putting stuff away when I get it out.

The wife sometimes comes in and try’s to straighten up for me, but then I can’t find anything for another reason.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#2 posted 11-20-2012 01:45 PM

Dallas, +1000!!!!
I must try to remember that hunting for tools is NOT productive.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#3 posted 11-20-2012 01:47 PM

Hey Gene, have you ever found your favorite chisel under a pile of sawdust next to your lathe? I’ve had my lathe for a week and already found out just how fast stuff gets covered up.

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#4 posted 11-20-2012 01:50 PM

I never give glue enough time to dry. I then wind up re-gluing and leaving the shop so I don’t do it again.

Oh, and what Dallas said. A tool not put away is on thing, but put in the wrong spot can take years to find in my shop.

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#5 posted 11-20-2012 01:51 PM

Don, you just disqualified yourself from glue up forum questions, lol.

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#6 posted 11-20-2012 01:56 PM

That bring us to another. I know how, I just ignore my best advice. I can tell myself its not dry, I just don’t listen. Just like I know I should clean my shop before I leave at night. I just chose not to.

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#7 posted 11-20-2012 02:01 PM

I definately let too much stuff lay around. Should clean up way more than I do. I should wear a mask when making “big dust” but I often don’t.

-- atta boy Clarence!

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#8 posted 11-20-2012 02:51 PM

Putting up tools is a good one.

I also tend to work on too many projects simultaneously. My neighbor came over the other day and asked what I was working on. When I told him it was a humidor, he told me that I had ADHD. So, even my neighbors know that I’d rather start new projects rather than finish old ones. Now, with the mallet exchange, I’m up to 7 concurrent projects.

My other bad habit is that I’m too lazy to use my splitter on the TS.

-- jay,

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#9 posted 11-20-2012 03:02 PM

I try to eyeball things way too much. It’s the same reason I’m a good cook, but a terrible baker. I don’t like to measure. Too much tendency to freelance instead of following the formula.


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#10 posted 11-20-2012 03:20 PM

I would have to say, all of the above. lol

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#11 posted 11-20-2012 11:26 PM

I sometimes spend too much time on this forum when I should be sanding…. Money for downdraft table build, come to papa…..:)

-- Who is John Galt?

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#12 posted 11-21-2012 02:31 PM

I work until I get so tired. Then, I have no time to clean it up.

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#13 posted 11-21-2012 03:47 PM

I clean up the shop the next day and my wife hates it . I don’t put the blades, some of my hand tools etc etc on their place after working.

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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#14 posted 11-21-2012 03:59 PM

Bearing my sole – I grew up in a family where I could never do anything right. If I mowed the lawn in east – west stripes then it should have been mowed north – south or in a square. So, my worst habit is that whenever I tackle anything new I freeze and spend way too much time debating what to do. I can spend hours on a simple new problem to months on how to wrap hand rail around a circular stair.

-- Jesse, Saint Louis, Missouri

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#15 posted 11-21-2012 07:39 PM

I’ve been known to pick my nose from time to time :^)

And my dog has a bad habbit of sitting under the bench and letting them rip ….

and never an apology :^O

-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!

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