Oh Why? From Sawmill Creek
suspect that eZine readers may be able to relate to this thread about
shop supplies “gone missing” – at least until you don't need
them anymore. The title of the discussion thread comes from the first
poster, who wondered, why, oh why such shop quandaries keep happening
to him. - Editor
oh why] “When you are looking for two screws
in that miscellaneous box of a thousand screws, you can only find
one? That is, until you go buy some and then, later, looking for
something else, you find five of them, just like you wanted last
you need a small board that only needs to be 14 and 1/8 inches long,
the only scrap you have is 13 and 7/8? If you just need a 1/2 pint of
finish, you will find you only have 1/4 of a pint?
the biggie is, every time you go to the lumberyard or big box store,
when you get home you find that you forgot the main thing you were
going to get. Is this just because I am getting old?” - Bill H.
respondents chose to address the “aging” question in Bill's
query. - Editor
Bill, uncle Murphy doesn't discriminate on the basis of age. His law
applies to all of us.” - Peter Q.
are two signs that one is growing old. The first is memory loss . . .
and I just can't remember what the other one is.” - David H.
you get old, you get forgetful. You forget that you've forgotten
stuff like that all your life.” - Alan S.
others shared how the disappearing shop tools impact their shop life.
method for finding a Phillips screwdriver is to first pick up five
slotted screwdrivers from various tool boxes. To find a slotted
screwdriver, I do the reverse.- Stephen T.
is the excuse I use for having several half done projects lying
around. When I go looking for those screws, I will not only not find
what I need, I will find the very thing that stalled me out on one of
the other projects.” - John M.
was in the middle of a project and needed a special size Forstner bit
– a bit I knew I had in my shop, but could not find. I looked for
over an hour. So the next day I waste two hours driving to Rockler to
get another bit. Get back to my shop, pull my Shopsmith drill chuck
out of its holder to use. Guess what was mounted in the chuck?”-
wife doesn't work in my shop at all, but she can find 'missing'
things a lot faster than I can. Just this morning, she found the wood
putty that I was looking for. Of course, it was just where I left it
about four months ago.” - Don B.
my shop is very clean. I promised myself that when I finally got it
rebuilt I would put things away, and have an actual place for each
thing that would always be the same. My problem is, I can have a tool
in my hand and be using it. I'll put it down for a minute (maybe get
a cup of coffee), and it will have disappeared. The next twenty
minutes are spent searching for the tool I just had!” - David H.
lost my Makita cordless drill. Looked for over an hour, tore the shop
apart. Finally decided to wait till the wife got home and ask her if
she used it. When she drove up, I saw it. Lying on the step bumper
under the tailgate of the pickup she had taken shopping. Right where
I'd left it. Thirty-four
miles, and it didn't fall off or get stolen. The tool gods were with
me.” - Gene H.
Woman is Not a 'Mortise'
from Women in Woodworking
stated in the thread, this discussion is a bit of an unusual one for
a woodworking forum – but, as also stated, it demonstrates the
influence such forums can have. It began with the first posting. -
week, I went into the Seattle Woodcraft store. The women's restroom
was labeled with the sign 'mortises.' I have worked in several
male-dominated professions; it is never easy to escape the
pseudosexual name calling women face when doing that. How do you all
feel about using a restroom where the store manager is calling you 'a
slot, a groove, a recess or a cavity that receives a male member'? Do
you think it necessary to refer to a woman's sex organs to direct her
to the correct restroom to use?” - Karin C.
post brought forth a suggestion, and a reply from the original poster
letting others know of the resolution of the issue. - Editor
at the least is in bad taste and reflects poorly on the whole
organization. I also have a feeling that the city and state have some
sort of way to handle with this type of incident.” - Barbara G.
you for the reply and suggestion, Barbara. I did indeed contact the
national office of the store before I posted this problem on the
Forum. Before the posting, I received a phone call from the store
owner during which not once, but three times, he stated they would
not be taking down the sign. I sent a second email to the national
office, and it did no good.
I posted on this forum asking peoples' opinion of the matter and sent
a copy of my posting to the national office and the local store. That
was what did the trick: the signs are being changed to simply say Men
doubt the power of these forums to help make needed changes in
policy. We are no longer one voice that is easy to ignore, we are the
power of one individual multiplied by three thousand other members.
It might not be the normal kind of everyday conversation on this
forum, but having a Women in Woodworking Forum in which to post this
kind of problem is what made the difference.” - Karin C.