I’ve said it before — and I have no compunction about saying it again: I want the eZine to be fun. Plus…well, maybe I haven’t said this before, but I think you’ve figured it out: I occasionally need to be a bit goofy. To wit, my official list of the Top Nine Reasons to Keep on Woodworking Through the Summer Months:
9. Big blades scare away mosquitoes … I hope.
8. If they don’t, the whine of the table saw drones out the mosquitoes’ annoying buzz.
7. Gives me a better shot at completing my Christmas list on time. (I haven’t actually succeeded at this for the past couple of years, but it’s the thought that counts, right?)
6. A good excuse to put off summertime chores like mowing, painting the house, etc.
5. Adds to neighborhood ambience of other people’s mowers, chainsaws, leaf blowers, etc.
4. More room for project calculations: sidewalk chalk!
3. Handling tools actually slows down their tendency to rust during the summer humidity.
2. Working in the shop prevents countless cases of sunbaked, tequila-soaked brain drain.
1. Why 9? Why not 10? Exactly the question the rusty woodworker who lost a digit the first day of fall asks himself all the time!
Stay safe, stay in the shop!
– Rob Johnstone, Woodworker’s Journal
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n the last issue, we printed a letter from someone who was irked by Norm saying “my table saw” instead of “the table saw,” and we asked our readers for comments.