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Forum topic by redryder posted 10-30-2014 05:14 PM 1206 views 0 times favorited 13 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-30-2014 05:14 PM

Topic tags/keywords: workshop family projects question

I love it when the family and friends stop in to “shoot the breeze” or want to see what I am making or just head to the shop fridge for a beverage. But this time of year I am starting to work on some Holiday gifts. Many of the projects may be for the family members.

Am I the only one who now has to go into stealth mode to try to figure out how to conceal my projects while making them and also after they are done?? Now, for the first time all year when I can remember to lock the shop while I’m in there and the large towels covering some items in the shop is a sure sign that I am up to something. And of course this means the grandkids and kids and spouse are more curious than ever as to what’s going on.

Are there any good methods of concealment we can use to keep the “looky-loos” at bay this time of year??

-- mike...............

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#1 posted 10-30-2014 05:21 PM

Sorry, can’t help you… They’re way out of the area… and don’t drop in very much here anymore…

I’m glad you have such a Problem! :) <smile>

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#2 posted 10-30-2014 05:24 PM

Get a very NOISY dust system and run it constantly!

Double benefit!

Discourages—- visitors helps keep a cleaner shop!

I also explain that “Please wait until the machines are not running before entering as startling me can ruin pieces or cause injuries! Put a sign on the door

“If machines are running DO NOT ENTER!”

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#3 posted 10-30-2014 05:24 PM

My dad was always in my shop before he retired and moved where the salt depth didn’t have to equal the snow depth on the street. He was really the only one who was near by and interested. Most of the time too much crap spread everywhere kept others from venturing in.

-- "Lack of effort will result in failure with amazing predictability" - Me

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#4 posted 10-30-2014 05:53 PM

Turpentine! Pour a little into a small open dish. Most people can’t stand the smell. Just tell them you are finishing something and you need to keep the dust down?

-- Folly ever comes cloaked in opportunity!

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#5 posted 10-30-2014 06:53 PM

Hot Hide Glue. Keep some heating all the time and you’ll never have company. I should also mention that if you let it burn you are going to go without sex for about a month because the smell will sink deep into your pores.

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

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#6 posted 10-30-2014 08:07 PM

I like the smelly idea. They do seem to come and go quickly when I have the lacquer going.
What is sex?? Can you make it with wood…...................

-- mike...............

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#7 posted 10-30-2014 08:15 PM

Ah so that is why its called hot hide glue !

-- Regards Rob

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#8 posted 10-30-2014 08:39 PM

Then there’s the honest approach.

” I’m building xmas gifts is the shop right now. Lets go in the house an have a beer.

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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#9 posted 10-30-2014 08:41 PM

Honesty is the last resort of the unimaginative! Bwahahahahahahaha

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

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#10 posted 10-31-2014 02:08 AM

Just tell them that the gifts you are making are for someone else. It’s amazing how fast the interest disappears, except for maybe, “I’d really like one of those” comments, which tells you that they’ll like it later when you give it to them.

-- Random Orbital Nailer

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#11 posted 10-31-2014 02:59 AM

With all the shops I see posted that are all cluttered up, perhaps just “hide” the projects in the clutter, right in plain sight. If it’s in plain sight they may not even take notice.

The more you try to hide with sheets and towels, the more people will try to see what you are hiding.

-- There's two routers in my vocab, one that moves data and one that removes wood, the latter being more relevant on this forum.

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#12 posted 10-31-2014 10:44 AM

Honesty is the last resort of the unimaginative! Bwahahahahahahaha

- Dallas

Have you been coaching our politician? That sound just like most of them operate.

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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#13 posted 11-24-2014 01:51 AM

My youngest daughter was trying to sneak up on me the other day so she could see what I was working on. She even said you making something for us (her and her sister) right?

-- Do or do not, there is no try!

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