I can think of at least one (there are others) good reason to "keep a
w oman around." As much as I like woodworking and tools, they don't
take care of that something special I/we like.
Wifey has used my Sorby chisels to open paint cans and dropped the
aforementioned project, but after those experiences, we're still
together and she doesn't do those things anymore.
BTW, a Tormek fixes up a chisels edge very nicely.
She's been told where the paint can openers are, where there's a
conveniently available screwdriver set and her arthritis doesn't allow
her to lift anything like that anymore.
So we're staying together. I wouldn't have it any other way.
Never buy anything that is:
You only get to use occasionally
When you can:
Rent a better one
For less money
When you'll actually get to use it
And not deal with any maintenance
If you think about it, there is little this rule doesn't apply to.
I studied the woman issue and concluded there were four possible reasons
to keep one around and none of those reasons were applicable.
Think lock on shop door and / or his and hers shops.
Smile. Very logical. And in some places entirely legal for the
Not possible to lock up the shop/tools. But we have an understanding.
I've also pointed out the Craftsman chisels that can be used for
anything at all. Including opening paint cans if need be.
BTW, speaking of paint cans, have you noticed that paint manufacturers
are switching the packaging of their product to large plastic jugs
with a screw on lid? I like that. And it doesn't rust and seals as
good as new (if you keep it clean), so the leftovers stay better
Too late, the damage is done.
It does. Everyone that want's a partner should be as lucky as I am to
have met that special someone.
I've learned long long ago to not use things like "!#*#$%" on my wife.
It's actually pointless and only leads to problems.
In the end, the tools are repairable and replaceable, she is not.
BTW, wifey doesn't go in my shop, er, studio anymore unless I've asked
her to look at something.
I understand about the difference between organizational and
cleanliness needs. We're actually not too far apart. I find I work
better and faster when things are in their assigned place rather than
set down in the last place I used it.
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