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Short Shavings #5: Wanted: Phychoanalysis.

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Blog entry by Div posted 08-07-2010 10:38 PM 1721 reads 1 time favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I work the wood for a living and that isn’t half bad. Lately though, strange things are happening in my shop and I find myself working with weird materials. Some self analysis revealed a few key questions that need immediate answers from people with more expertise than me.
In my short time here, I have seen that we have LJ’s from all walks of life, of all ages, of different backgrounds and countries. So, I want to tap this vast resource for intelligent answers on the following life altering questions:

1. Why do I take on commissions for MDF cabinets?
2. Why do I take on commissions for WHITE MDF cabinets?
3. Why do the bugs only land on the final coat of white paint?

I trust that a woodworking psychoanalyst or psychologist out there in Cyberspace can help enlighten the path back to mahogany!

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."



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patron

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#1 posted 08-07-2010 10:45 PM

#1 – so i can eat .

#2 – so i can eat .

#3 – so they can die in peace .

actually sometimes there is a time
when they are not around ,
it is usually when the wind
blows dust up !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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Div

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#2 posted 08-07-2010 10:56 PM

Hmm, choices,choices. Bugs or dust, what will it be?
Life ain’t fair David, why must I work MDF so YOU can eat?

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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patron

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#3 posted 08-07-2010 11:00 PM

well then how about so your kids can eat ?

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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pommy

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#4 posted 08-07-2010 11:37 PM

ok this is my view
1) your working for floppys
2) your floppys like white things
3) bugs or (floppys) always sh@t on the whites
Welcome to Sud Afrika

-- cut it saw it scrap it SKPE: ANDREW.CARTER69

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BertFlores58

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#5 posted 08-08-2010 12:36 AM

1. Material Does Fail. The MDF attitude goes for the simple life knowing that strenght and surface may be a failure.
2. White… Thinkin positive… select a brite or bright way of depending the failure. Since MDF has nothing to show among men then all the thought must be on the brighter side.
3. Ask yourself…. if you trust something (MDF – needs full attention) then NO MAINTENANCE.. BUT for MDF, It will be a continuous process for us to depend and realize that MDF needs a lifelong maintenance so the whites (prevention, TLCs, Achtung, pag-aalaga, amor, etc) will stay till somebody stays so others may not.

-- Bert

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#6 posted 08-08-2010 02:40 AM

becourse there is bill´s and food to be buoght and wife we needed to be happy
but she isn´t happy before the children ain´t hungry :-)
the only solution to this is to slow a little down on real wood projects
and enjoy it even more and recharge the batteries until there is enoff power
to overcome the sad days with MDF and its cuosins

Dennis

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canadianchips

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#7 posted 08-08-2010 04:35 AM

1.) Just think of MDF as “organized sawdust” (Sawdust has to come from real wood, therefore you are still working with real wood)
2.) White is a sign of purity, cleanliness
3.) From the bugs point of view: Why must they always paint this MDF right where I want to land ?
These may not be the right answers, but my way of thinking got ME OUT OF THERAPY long time ago !

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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PG_Zac

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#8 posted 08-08-2010 09:24 AM

I know I shouldn’t laugh (he says wiping the tears from his eyes)
Somedays you are the pigeon and somedays you are the statue

I feel for you cuz, but you answered your own question when you asked it – the key word is “commissions”
One day when you have too many orders you can refuse orders for white MDF items.

As for enlightening the path back to mahogany – It’s not us LJ’s that need the shrinks, but the masses with the spending money.

-- I may be schizophrenic, but at least I have each other.

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Don Butler

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#9 posted 08-08-2010 12:59 PM

No. no. no.

The correct psychological answer is that you are in a self destructive state and you are just torturing yourself because of your lack of self esteem.

Please pay your $250 to the receptionist on the way out.
We do not accept insurance or medicare.

Don “Dances with Ego” Butler

-- No trees were damaged in posting this message, but thousands of electrons were seriously inconvenienced.

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Monty

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#10 posted 08-08-2010 04:19 PM

AS you said to me some time ago. working with mdf is crap BUT??? money is also crap but you must have it to eat.and of course bugs are placed on earth to pester you.patinece boet patience!!!!

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JJohnston

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#11 posted 08-08-2010 04:28 PM

3. Don’t think of it as the final coat. After all, you’re going to fix it, right? Only when it’s right is it the final coat.

-- "A man may conduct himself well in both adversity and good fortune, but if you want to test his character, give him power." - Abraham Lincoln

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#12 posted 08-08-2010 09:06 PM

He,He.Thanks, you maniacs! Some good answers there. I like Canadianchips’s “Organized sawdust”.
Pommy, I can’t comment, this is a family site.
Monty, I have plenty patience, not so my clients!
If Don wasn’t so expensive, I’d pay him another visit too!
PG_Zak, can I quote you on the pigeon, statue thing? Excellent!
JJohnston, I get you. It is just, I never get to the frigging final coat!

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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PG_Zac

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#13 posted 08-08-2010 09:32 PM

Feel free to use the pigeon quote Div – Unfortunately, I can’t take credit for it. I’ve read it many times on a list of life lessons that periodically floats around the internet.

-- I may be schizophrenic, but at least I have each other.

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Div

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#14 posted 08-08-2010 09:35 PM

Zac, maybe I should look at the rest of the Internet too! I thought LJ’s was the only worthwhile thing in www space! ;^)

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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mafe

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#15 posted 08-08-2010 09:39 PM

My dear friend, you are falling apart!
Just like the MDF will one day, so do not worry, all you make from this wonder drug will be dissolved in the future, nothing will be left, so you can RIP even after MDF.

My fionce from Paris last name are Doridot, I’m planning to marry her!
Why are he telling me this, you might ask?
Because; my name is Mads Felding!
And so?
Yes if I marry her I will get her name also, and this will be in the middle!
-
So I desided that when I marry her, I’ll take my grandfathers middle name also, ‘Asger’, otherwise I will not be able to write my initials any more…

Smile and thoughts, the best I have,
Mads

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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