Weekend Wonders: Funniest Work Shop Story

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I wonder … what is the funniest story “from your work shop”?

-- Toxins Out, Nature In - body/mind/spirit

About 10 years ago, I was learning how to turn pens, I had a “mentor” that was rather “bumbling”. He really knew what he was doing, but I always wondered as clumsy as he was how he had all his digits still. I was there that day to learn how to do a CA finish….(superglue) he took the cap off the CA and put it in his mouth on a regular basis, so I asked him if he had ever glued his lips to it and he said no…..well about 10 minutes later he did. He kind of got mad at me saying I jinxed him…..he just pulled them apart with his fingers, then pulled the cap off. It turns out….. lips bleed….. a lot…but he wasn’t seriously hurt, just lost some skin.
Needless to say, I don’t use his method.

-- Mike

lol, I kept my destroyed SS cartridge too and hung it up as a reminder. Also wrote in black sharpie on my Incra gauge “Check blade gap!!!”

-- Rob, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario

It’s funny you wrote that Manitario.

I had the same accident with the same saw, the same miter gauge. My heart dropped too and I inspected my finger.
In my case I made a dry run then decided to change my cutting angle a bit more…

I got trophies:

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

So, Debbie, would you like to sell me your greenhouse? LOL I’ve always wanted one . . . at least before reading your escapades.

I was with you all the way. . . been there, done that. Well, not with a greenhouse but with a screen tent. Don’t you wonder who engineers those things? ;-)

The instruction should read:
1. Count the total number of parts.
2. Be sure to enlist at least one person for each part!


-- “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” Benjamin Franklin

thanks for the support Mike40 lol

oh Manitario .. I’m laughing out loud here — imagining the moment when the blade suddenly just disappears… what???!!!! that would be so bizarre.

-- Toxins Out, Nature In - body/mind/spirit

I was using my Sawstop tablesaw with my Incra mitre gauge and suddenly heard a “bang” and the blade disappeared…I just stood there for a minute staring stupidly at the TS trying to understand where the blade went…then I realized that the TS safety mechanism had tripped and I started checking all my fingers for wounds…when I didn’t find any I stared at the TS some more and finally realized that I’d set the mitre gauge up too close and it had touched the blade and triggered the safety mech on the Saw Stop. Wasn’t funny at the time but pretty funny how confused I was in retrospect…

-- Rob, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario

I read your amusing experience to my wife and we were keeping our fingers crossed for you the whole way! Your experience testifies to the truth of the first working rule ‘nothing is ever as simple as it seems’.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway

I don’t have a woodworking shop story but this one does include a log from the wood pile so it should count, yes?

The Greenhouse

-- Toxins Out, Nature In - body/mind/spirit

Brilliant Mike!
The funniest thing I can think of so far was what the neighbours must have seen when I was gluing up the bathroom cabinet in my carport. set up left side, run over and set up right side. Left side falls over…run over to left side…right side falls…..you get the picture.

It was like a comedy routine except I was about ready to go all Basil Fawlty and start beating it with a stick.

-- -- Alec (Friends call me Wolf, no idea why)

The funniest thing that I can think of is that I am trying to do woodworking and I even have a shop to facilitate my embarrassment.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway

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