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Forum topic by MaroonGoon posted 07-31-2013 01:29 PM 2194 views 0 times favorited 64 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-31-2013 01:29 PM

I have been keeping a few pieces of Red Oak indoors to help it dry out more and will eventually be putting some Walnut and Cherry indoors for a bit after I dry it out. Anyways, I am about to get married in 4 months or so and I wonder if my future wife realizes that she might be looking at stacks of lumber scattered throughout the house!

how do ya’lls wives feel about having part of the living space used as a small lumber yard?? haha

-- "Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone." -- Pablo Picasso

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#1 posted 07-31-2013 01:31 PM

I have a half built play table that has been acclimatizing in our dining room now for a month or so. The wife is good with stuff so long as projects keep moving forward and she gets new furniture. But, she’s a pretty cool wife – she does some wood working too.

-- Chris S., North Atlanta, GA - woodworker,DBA, cook, photographer

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#2 posted 07-31-2013 01:31 PM

My wife allows me to put in a few bowl blanks off the lathe from greenwood in the house, but she draws the line at planks. No planks!

-- Tsunami Guitars and Custom Woodworking, Cleveland, TN

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#3 posted 07-31-2013 01:38 PM

Establish your space early and over exaggerate it. This way when she becomes the boss (if shes not all ready), you can give back a little and look like a hero. Its kinda like doing a terrible job at washing the dishes. You do a bad job long enough and eventually they wont as you to do it any more lol.

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#4 posted 07-31-2013 01:56 PM

haha good points. My fiance keeps texting and showing me all these images of furniture she sees on Pinterest and wants me to make for her so I’m sure she will be willing to deal with it if I can keep the furniture rolling in.

chrisstef I’m afraid shes already got me under her thumb :-/ She has a way of making me do what she wants haha blame the puppy love

-- "Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone." -- Pablo Picasso

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#5 posted 07-31-2013 02:01 PM

Just show her this when she sends you a pic of some furniture she wants…

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#6 posted 07-31-2013 03:00 PM


Joyce and I have been married forever, according to her records we celebrated our 32nd anniversary this past June.

We do share our 3 bedroom home 50/50. My half consistist of approximately 1/3 of our walk-in closet, enough real estate to park my coffee maker on the kitchen counter (begrudgingly, as she doesn’t drink coffee) and space in the fridge for a gallon of milk, 1/2 gallon of orange juice and a quart of coffee creamer.

I insist on the most recent copies of the 2 woodworking magazines I recieve, be on the coffee table (unless we are expecting guests). I hang my shop hat on the coat rack inside the front door to the house (providing all traces of sawdust have been vacuumed off and it does not remain there more than 2 days if not used).

Yes, marriage can be a comedy of compromise, but a good marriage is a work in progress and most of what I have shared with you today may just be in my mind, but for the sake of harmony I will leave you with this ‘age old adage’ “If Momma’s happy, everybody’s happy.”

Things of the House should stay in the House.
Things of the Shop should stay in the Shop.

Best Regards. – Grandpa Len :-)

Work Safely and have Fun.

-- 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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#7 posted 07-31-2013 03:08 PM

I don’t store that much wood in the house but I do commandeer the dining room table when I have to finish something. My wife is good about it. I have a project on the table now that’s been there for a few weeks (finish and flocking) and I haven’t gotten attitude about it yet.

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#8 posted 07-31-2013 03:12 PM

My wife snickers at me, but puts up with it. I usually just make things for her anyway.

-- Power tools put us ahead of the monkeys

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#9 posted 07-31-2013 03:19 PM

+1 Chrisstef – quite possibly the most intelligent answer I have seen on this forum.

-- Randy -- Austin, TX by way of Northwest (Woodville), OH

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#10 posted 07-31-2013 03:36 PM

My wife has tolerated lumber in the utility room, spare bathroom, and even once in the bonus room.
Now I dry my lumber in the shop.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#11 posted 07-31-2013 03:37 PM

Our entire house, garage (wood shop) and out building (art studio) is one large storage area. There are finished and unfinished wood projects and paintings EVERYWHERE. Oh did I mention my son is a musician? Currently in the living room are five paintings, at least six finished boxes, a Baritone Sax, French Horn, Alto Sax and an Acoustic Guitar. In one of the bedrooms there is a stickered stack of maple, recently cut, drying.
We dont get many visitors.

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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#12 posted 07-31-2013 04:58 PM

Chrisstef – Sorry, but the dishes trick is already well known. I call it calculated incompetence. When we women get together to boil our caldron of bat wings, we discuss all that stuff….;)

Since I am the wife and the woodworker, it’s a bit dicey. I’m trying to gradually edge all of the garage stuff and sports stuff out of the garage but it’s a long term strategy. Lumber in the house would be counter productive.

In all seriousness, I agree completely with Grandpa Len. It’s all about compromise and choosing your battles. If leaving your towel on the floor annoys her, pick it up. If she hates your friends, then that’s something worth standing your ground over. In my humble opinion many men fear being viewed as ‘whipped’ even worse than actually being ‘whipped’.

Good luck!

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

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#13 posted 07-31-2013 05:26 PM

Thanks Grandpa that’s some great advice from an experienced husband! I highly doubt she will have a problem with it as long as shes not tripping over it during the night after she gets home from her night shift (nursing). I’m slowly getting her into woodworking (she turned a pen on my lathe a few weeks ago) so maybe I will be lucky enough to have a woodworking wife like rfusca has :)

Sandra thats funny. I have actually had that discussion with my fiance before and so we have already made a rule that who ever doesn’t cook, does the dishes. So basically I’m going to be cooking as often as I can ;)

-- "Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone." -- Pablo Picasso

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#14 posted 07-31-2013 05:33 PM

Sandra – youre a smart gal. My wife didn’t fall for that move either. She made me install a new dishwasher and definitely had the last laugh as I crawled around under the counter for a few hours.

Marriage with a woodworker is full of compromise. Like leaving your shoes and shop coat in the shop, not making too much noise late at night or when the baby is sleeping and not tracking gossamer shavings into the kitchen.

As long as you hold true to your word of building whatever she wants when she wants, you’re good to go.

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#15 posted 07-31-2013 06:43 PM

Granpa Len, we old timers need to stick together, we’ve been married 42 + yrs. and your comments ring true!

Sandra, was it really bat wings or just tar and feathers? Whipped is just a male urban myth that grows proportionally with the number of beers consumed.

Stef, I’m still learning about your last sentence.

Maroon, my wood starts out in he garage, and winds up in my half of the basement. I MUST have the garage emptied by winter so my beloved can put HER car in the one car garage. (compromise)

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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