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Forum topic by jimmyb posted 09-18-2013 05:54 PM 1358 views 0 times favorited 20 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-18-2013 05:54 PM

Did you ever have one of those days where you know you need to stay out of the workshop … or get hurt!

For the past 2 hours I have cut myself (minor), tripped, lost things, dropped stuff at least 6 times, broke glass and finally dropped the same pile of wood that I just straightened out 30 minutes ago.

That’s it, I am done for today, don’t trust myself anymore.

-- Jim, Tinley Park, IL

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Arlin Eastman

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#1 posted 09-18-2013 06:00 PM

I always have that feeling Before I go out there. Or when I am turning and start feeling different I just shut everything off and go inside.


-- Please help me help other Vets click..> is always the right time, to do the right thing.

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#2 posted 09-18-2013 06:15 PM

Most days I really look forward to being in my shop. Sometimes, when I am building something for a customer and it has been tough, or has not cooperated, I get a little antsy about going down there, but usually I look forward to it. If things start to go wrong, my usual solution is to pop open a beer or two and just slow down…turn up the rock music, maybe even take a break and clean something up or put something away, maybe do a little maintenance on a tool. Of course, if you do not partake of the malt beverages, you might want to leave to get rid of the duress!
Even if you make money in your shop, it should be fun! Sometimes it takes a little loud music and a cold beer, but somehow I’m gonna have fun!!

-- Tsunami Guitars and Custom Woodworking, Cleveland, TN

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Rick Dennington

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#3 posted 09-18-2013 06:31 PM

Some days are diamonds, and some days are stones…...!!!......Sometimes you feel like a nut…sometimes you don’t….....!!!!!!!!!!!!

-- " At my age, happy hour is a crap and a nap".....

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#4 posted 09-18-2013 06:33 PM

Some times it is just “one of those days” (a sign from above I think but that’s just me). When I decide to ignore the signs I usually end-up ruining something that I have already spent a lot of time on. It’s like golf…one bad shot leads to frustration that only results in more bad shots.

Years ago somebody I worked for used a software program that had an error message “shut ‘er down Clancy, she’s pumping mud”.

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#5 posted 09-18-2013 06:48 PM

Yep, have had those days and won’t trust myself to do anything important or run power tools/machinery at those times. I used to force it and try to do something “productive”—it never turned out well. Now if I know it is “one of those days”, I clean, organize, maybe re-wax some planes or find something else to piddle around with. My first business card holder was the result of “one of those days” and now have a marking knife to finish because yesterday was one, as well.

-- In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock. Thomas Jefferson

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#6 posted 09-18-2013 06:49 PM

yep all summer

-- Staining killed the wood<<<<<>>>>>Dyeing gave it life

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#7 posted 09-18-2013 06:52 PM

Well at least I don’t feel alone now LOL. Thanks fo rthe support

-- Jim, Tinley Park, IL

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#8 posted 09-18-2013 07:24 PM

If I hit 3 mishaps in the shop I call it a day and go pout in front of my ps3.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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Kaleb the Swede

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#9 posted 09-18-2013 07:34 PM

It happens. I have learned to calm myself and go inside, or just start sweeping up. I clean everything so at least it feels like I did something productive

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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#10 posted 09-18-2013 07:58 PM

Not sure I remember what the other kind of day is like….

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#11 posted 09-18-2013 09:43 PM

I have a reminder of what happening when you don’t quit. Stuck my finger in a running router so now have a numb end that is really inconvenient when holding screws, etc.

-- Kepy

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#12 posted 09-18-2013 09:51 PM

Maybe one of the funniest posts ever! At least you can remember what you are trying to do while in your shop!

-- What Is The Matrix? The Matrix Is All Around Us...It Is Your Table Saw Connected To The Internet.

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#13 posted 09-19-2013 10:30 PM

Kaleb has it figured out…keep a list of stuff you need to do but can wait for those “one of those days” days. Sweeping/cleaning/re-arranging/laying out the next project…

I don’t do it for a living and have a pile of other stuff to think about besides wood (old tractors. etc.). Maybe that’s good…maybe not (starting to lean towards the not so good). But I seem to somehow know when it is going to be “one of those days”. I stay away from any tool that could send me to the emergency room.

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Rob Drown

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#14 posted 09-19-2013 11:16 PM

Especially if your are upset about something. If your mind isn’t 100% on that 15000 rpm router bit, power down and lights off.

-- The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools. Confucius, 经过艰苦的努力的梦想可以成真

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#15 posted 09-20-2013 06:38 AM

You are not alone, it happens to all of us at one time or another.

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

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