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Forum topic by mbs posted 01-18-2015 03:52 AM 1633 views 0 times favorited 44 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-18-2015 03:52 AM

My wife wants to replace a 40” round table top in the house. I had some pretty hard, rough wood on-hand that we both like but I don’t know what the name of it is. I believe it’s an exotic of some type.

After flattening one face and squaring up the edges I glued all the piece together using domino’s. The faced side was pretty flat but the backside had a 7” wide board that was 3/16” proud.

I had planned on taking the entire glue up to a local company to run through their wide belt sander. My wife suggested we hand plane the table. I handed her a plane thinking she would get tired after a few minutes but she kept with it while I watched. I realized she was going to stick with it so I got a plane out and we both planed the backside. We finished it after about 2.5 hours of non-stop planing. We’re both tired but the back looks good. The front wont take nearly as long.

-- Sorry the reply is so long. I didn't have time to write a short reply.

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#1 posted 01-18-2015 04:28 AM

Yep, my wife works in the shop. She worked in the shop today with me. Actually she works in the shop everyday the shop has work. She DA sands, she conditions, stains, lacquers. She builds some, glues up panels, runs trim, rips stock, runs our shop CNC, runs our edgebander, our shapers, the blum minipress. Well, she basically does everything in the shop and uses all of the machines. She also organizes our records for our bookeeper. She probably spends 2 hours for every 1 hour I spend in the shop building. I have a few strengths she does not have, and she has strenghts I dont have, and we share many strengths together, along with some similar weaknesses.

So yes, my wife works the wood between 40 and 60 hours per week.

I tried to turn her onto this site, but she spends too much time wood working and caring for our family and never has time to get on this site.

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#2 posted 01-18-2015 04:35 AM

Hell no. But I wish.

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#3 posted 01-18-2015 04:47 AM

For some strange reason I suggested it once. She didn’t bit and that was the end of it.

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#4 posted 01-18-2015 04:53 AM

She has damn near taken over my shop. She is slowly getting over her fear of the machinery but she still mostly uses non powered hand tools. Hide your planes because she is addicted to them and will own them if given half an opportunity. Both her work tables are so cluttered with unfinished projects that she can’t find room to work on them. So guesse whos work table she crowds her stuff onto. ( “Oh, Am I in your way? Well, I’ll only be here a few minutes.”) Three days later she might move the project, then I get to clean the shavings, sawdust and tools off my table and floor. I am torn between loving having her there and wanting to totaly lock her out of the shop. That’s called being married.

-- Still trying to master kindling making

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#5 posted 01-18-2015 04:57 AM

Jerry – You have a well trained wife! You’re a lucky man.

Mud – At least you have some company hanging out with you.

I think I need to train my wife to sharpen the plane irons. That’s a job I don’t like to do very often.

-- Sorry the reply is so long. I didn't have time to write a short reply.

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#6 posted 01-18-2015 05:07 AM

Mine does when she has time. She runs our store in the local mall, and has for the last 11 years, so she puts in long hours there. I don’t try to manage the store, she doesn’t try to run the shop, and everyone is happy. She once left me a TO DO LIST….in MY own shop! We laugh now but I told her, in no uncertain terms, I’d wipe my A%$ on the next one and give it back to her! Haven’t seen one since!

She loves to turn, and is good at it too I might add, so we get out there and make “bumpy sticks” when we have a free Sunday evening. If I’m really pressed to get an order out, she will put in some 3AM shifts right beside me. On top of that, she and Santa brought me a Domino and a Festool track saw this Christmas so I guess she’s a keeper!

-- Lyall & Sons Woodsmiths...Custom handcrafted woodwork since 1989

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#7 posted 01-18-2015 05:57 AM

Yup. She spends a few evenings and a Saturday on a regular basis. She is willing to learn almost anything with the exception of the table saw and bookwork. I enjoy her company and am grateful for her contribution.

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#8 posted 01-18-2015 06:02 AM

My wife for the most part comes into my shop to borrow tools for uses that are not intended. Wire cutters used to cut hangers. Dozuki saw used for pruning. Band saw to cut doggy rawhides. Cabinet screwdrivers as prybars. She’s banned from the shop without supervision.

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#9 posted 01-18-2015 06:03 AM

Nope…..We made a deal a long time ago…She doesn’t come in my shop to “try to help”, and I don’t go in her sewing and quilting room “to help”....I built all her sewing tables , quiting frame, cabinets…everything she wanted ..but that’s the extent of my allowence…..She stays out of mine…I stay out of hers…..!!!!!

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#10 posted 01-18-2015 07:53 AM

Yes my wife helps in my shop but not with the woodworking. We have been building Shadowboxes for retiring military members for over 18 years. I do all the woodworking and she installs all the memorabilia inside. It is a lot harder to do than most people think. She does an amazing job and I appreciate her hard work.

-- Tim Haenisch, San Diego Ca.

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#11 posted 01-18-2015 12:29 PM

Still working on getting my wife to help in the shop. She does help with a lot of the design process for commissioned pieces.
I bought a new Veritas L/A smoother a couple weeks ago and saw a little sparkle in her eye though. I think she may want to take it for a test run.

-- "Man Plans and God Laughs"

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#12 posted 01-18-2015 03:51 PM

She will come in and help with big glue ups and moving heavy pieces around but only when asked… she never comes of her own accord but I wish she would.

-- If someone tells you you have enough tools and don't need any more, stop talking to them, you don't need that kind of negativity in your life.

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#13 posted 01-18-2015 03:55 PM

NO my wife will not help in my shop at all but my girlfriend loves to help

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#14 posted 01-18-2015 04:21 PM

My wife came in to the shop while I was running the multi-router with fresh 3/8 bit. I finished the mortise and she grabbed the vac to clean up the mess. We both had our hearing protection on. I turned off the router but she didn’t see it was still spinning and ran her hand into it. It cuts flesh better than wood! She is scared of routers now.

The ironic part of the story is one of reasons i bought the multi router is it would be much safer since the controls are a long way from the bit.

-- Sorry the reply is so long. I didn't have time to write a short reply.

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#15 posted 01-18-2015 06:35 PM

She come out there to work on driving me crazy.

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