Popular Woodworking Ideas
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Thoughts come and go but we have many popular woodworking ideas and some downright ridiculous ones. For instance :

I once had an idea to save on transportation costs so I tied 6 sheets of plywood to my roofrack. As I drove down the freeway/motorway the wind took hold and for a moment I sensed that I was acqua plying, until the pressure of the wind unleashed the plywood, which took flight and flew across the road.

I spent an hour or so dodging traffic to recover all the bits and pieces and dump them at the side of the road.

Fortunately and at this point I didn't need any further misfortune, a truck driver pulled over, loaded the remnants and delivered them for me.

The customer didn't pay for them !

A less catastrofic idea happened when I first started carpentry on a building site and my first job was to cut and fit the window boards. I had two tape measures at the time but I had shortened one of them by 2" because the end of the tape had cracked. Unfortunately I made all the boards at the same time measuring with the wrong tape. They were all 2" too small.

I was first fixing on another building site, door casings at the time and as it approached mid morning break, the brew lad ( general dogsbody ) came to ask what I would like from the shop. I asked for a ham sandwich but added that if there was no ham to bring back something I liked. He had shopped for me for quite a while and knew my tastes were varied.

When he returned he told me there was no ham but he had brought me something I liked.
10 cigarettes!!

You Must Be Embarrassed
You're Blushing

My comments here today might not fit in with the overall topic of popular woodworking ideas you might have expected but I wanted to write this page lightheartedly. I don't have this chance on the hundred or so other pages you will find on this site. It's also to put into print stories that now take a while to remember and do them before I forget. I also don't mind being embarrassed by things I have done, I controlled blushing a long time ago.

One Of Andy's Not So Popular Woodworking Ideas

Around 20 years ago I was working with one of my apprentices repairing roof spars and perished ridge. I had climbed down from the roof via the scaffolding and ladder and was talking to a Health and Safety officer who just happened, as they do, to be in the area and had spotted us.

He advised me that our ladder didn't project high enough above the scaffolding and told me to stop the job until a longer ladder was obtained.

I shouted to Andy on the roof to come down.

Andy, who at the time was the national 'kick boxing' champion and very fit as you can imagine, ran down the roof, jumped onto the scaffolding, vaulted over it and shimmied down to the ground. Completely ignoring the ladders.

"Andy, I think this man would like a word with you."


I will be re-living moments as and when I remember them in the Invitation below and if you fancy creating your own page or popular woodworking ideas with your tale, please feel free to do so. As long as woodwork is the central theme, use the page for anything that crosses your mind. It may be a poem, a one liner, a joke. It could be an accident or someone famous you have worked for. It's your page so make the most out of it.

Jack was admiring John's grandfather clock when John said to him " Even if this clock stopped working or was smashed to pieces you would still Know the time"

John replied " Rubbish," or words to that effect. So John told Jack to smash it to pieces giving him a woodwork hammer.

As Jack was smashing it to tiny fragments there was a 'knock' at the door and the neighbour bellowed " What the hell are you doing at this time of the morning. Don't you know it's quarter past 3."

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