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When you know you're commited (or perhaps need to be).

June 23rd, 2008

I’ve recently encountered a few situations that have given me pause with the realization of the fact that I’m clearly in an obsessive state with regards to woodworking. I will list some of the signs to look for as a PSA (Public Service Announcement) for others out there to detect this condition:

  • spending ridiculous amounts of money on tools (including tools that you are not completely sure are even for woodworking)
  • selling all of your furniture to make room for tools. I’ve recently sold my coffee table and living room chair on craigslist and currently have my recliner listed. All that is left is my couch! Dedicated woodworking rooms now include garage, dining room, one bedroom, and part of the kitchen (conveniently enough, a hand plane slices roast beef like butta).
  • always having wood on the brain (this is ok if you are a prostitute)
  • constantly making childish wood/penis jokes (this just might be me)
  • you randomly grab wood and smell it (this is sooo not a penis joke… I’m truly addicted to the sweet smell of my walnut… in fact I would go so far as to say that you haven’t lived until you’ve huffed freshly planed walnut)

I should probably keep this as a “live” list and add to it as these realizations occur. Submissions from family, friends, and therapists welcomed.

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  1. July 2nd, 2008 at 13:25 | #1

    So the inside of your house is starting to look like a wood shop? What are you going to do with all of that saw dust?

  2. July 2nd, 2008 at 15:54 | #2

    That’s right Ed… no kitchen table, dining table, coffee table to be found. Other than my computer desk where I eat and the couch there is no other traditional furniture to sit down at. Can’t wait to have people over and watch them try to figure out what to do. In coming weeks I’ll take a bunch of pics and get a shop tour post up.

    As for saw dust… I’m not worried about it. In fact, every morning I snort a couple lines of the stuff to get my system used to it. Actually, any process that produces significant dust is done in the garage where I have dust collection and air filtration units. The only processes that I perform in the house generate small amounts of dust that I control by working on a downdraft table (basically a table with a huge fan that pulls the dust down into a filter) and shopvacs. If it does get bad I’ll just add an air filtration unit.

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