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09-15-2014 12:10 AM

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this post is for everyone to share any sayings they know from carpentry. e.g.. its must be windy out here or I think this is a left handed hammer

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#1 posted 09-16-2014 01:06 AM

old one but so true, measure twice, cut once.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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Jay Nolet

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#2 posted 09-17-2014 10:42 PM

While I was doing carpentry for a living, one would need a “Sky hook” once in a while.

-- I think, therefore I think I am.

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Gene Howe

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#3 posted 09-17-2014 10:56 PM

Cut it large and kick it into place.
If it doesn’t fit, you’re not hitting it hard enough.
Don’t force it, get a bigger hammer.
If it jams, hit it harder. If it breaks, it needed replacing anyway.

-- 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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#4 posted 11-10-2016 05:07 PM

An old Mentor of mine use to tell me when I was trying to be very accurate, “You ain’t building a piano”. I seem to recall him also saying, ” there’s a reason they call it rough carpentry”.

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#5 posted 11-10-2016 08:26 PM

“I cut this piece three times and it is still too short!

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

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#6 posted 11-10-2016 08:28 PM

“Nothin a little brute force and ignorance wont cure.”

-- Something, something, something.

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#7 posted 11-10-2016 09:09 PM

Never underestimate the predictability of stupidity.

Carpentry is easy not as easy as plumbing since all they are is a carpenter with their brains beat in.

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#8 posted 11-10-2016 10:50 PM

Get the wood stretcher.

-- Paul, Las Vegas

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#9 posted 11-10-2016 11:33 PM

Rule #1 in my shop- “Stay out of my damn light!”

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#10 posted 11-11-2016 12:02 AM

Strive for perfection, settle for excellence.


Never fart in the workspace.


Good enough for who it’s for.
(yeah, there’s a bit of conflict between 1 and 3)

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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#11 posted 11-11-2016 12:48 AM

Measure once…cuss twice!

-- Carpenter assembles with hands, Designer builds with brains, Artist creates with heart!

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#12 posted 11-11-2016 11:54 AM

Screw it quick before it moves again. (this phrase can be used in various interesting situations).

-- A family man has photos in his wallet where his money used to be.

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#13 posted 11-11-2016 01:56 PM

If you are going to be stupid you need to be tough!

-- Chris K

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#14 posted 11-15-2016 10:04 PM

“You can have it good, quick or cheap; pick any two!”

-- "Never let your dogma get run over by your karma!"

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#15 posted 11-16-2016 01:32 AM

Measure with a broom handle, mark it with chalk, cut it with an axe, beat it to fit and paint it to match.

-- Jerry

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