View Full Version : Are you in this boat?

G.A. Ewen
10-03-2003, 04:55 PM
I received an e-mail yesterday from one of the members of this BBS. This is part of what he said;

"I look forward to meeting you and showing you my little shop. Afraid I don't have much to show in the way of HSM type projects though as most of my shop time is devoted to repairing the farm machinery... lots of projects on 'the list' just not enough time!"

BOY DO I KNOW THE FEELING!!! I have wanted for a long time to build an I.C. engine, I have drawings that are two years old for a small lathe of my own design, I would like to build a grinding attachment for my shaper..... the list goes on and on. http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//frown.gif

'Not enough time'... the bane of the home shop machinist. http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//mad.gif

10-03-2003, 05:09 PM
My current to-do list would require two lifetimes to complete. I think it is the bane of anyone with varied interests. I try not to say I don't have the time, but it IS often difficult to take or make the time.

10-03-2003, 06:29 PM
Mmen Brothers. My buddy and I were discusing the length of life and I said that judging by my projects list I will live to be 223 years old. He informed me that he didn't think that I would live that long.

10-03-2003, 06:56 PM
I could get more done in the project dept. if the wifes list didn't come first!


Herb W
10-03-2003, 07:10 PM
hmmm...seems vaguely familiar somehow...

G.A. Ewen
10-03-2003, 07:20 PM
You've got it. http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif

10-03-2003, 08:12 PM
I guess I shouldn't complain.

A friend was grumbling to me today about his wife. Apparently she had the day off one day recently. She has several animals (horse, pony, cats, dog etc.). Well my friend gets home around 9:00 PM after a hard day working. He finds on the kitchen table a note saying he needed to feed the animals, (which are hers by the way). Did I say it was her day off? She went to a dog show that evening. I suggested to my friend that maybe he should find a way to tell his wife his feelings on the subject. His reply was its easier to feed the animals.
His list of projects is longer than mine because he never gets to do any on his list.


G.A. Ewen
10-03-2003, 09:20 PM
I'm not really complaining ether, those "honey-do" jobs have there own rewards. http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//wink.gif http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//eek.gif http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif

10-03-2003, 10:06 PM

I decided, no matter whose animals they were originally, they are "ours" now...makes it easier.

Of course I like (most) animals, makes a difference. I could think of some I might not want in the "our" category.......

Same with other things, the principle works for most of that stuff...as your friend said, its easier to "feed the animals".....

10-03-2003, 10:28 PM
I saw this on a teeshirt... "God put me on this earth to do a certain number of things. At this rate I'll never die!"
Thanks for reminding me. I have to work on my boat trailer.
I was going to list my projects but there isn't enough room here.

[This message has been edited by PolskiFran (edited 10-03-2003).]

10-03-2003, 10:39 PM
I thought repairing Farm machinery was what we all did?

It is machine work. welding, machining fabricating..

I remember a post on a Power chicken plucker that I thought was really interesting..

One day I will be working on a mount for nitrous oxide solonoids for a harley, next a tractor switch plate, etc.. I am not really prejudiced.


10-04-2003, 12:15 AM
I'm in the same boat. I often find myself in a situation where I have enough money, but not enough time. If I have lots of time, then I don't have enough money.
If you gain a new skill, then you've also gained new chores. I've started lots of projects that required new skills or new tools. Sometimes I move on before I finish the project. I loose interest, or get even more interested in a new project, or need to put it away while I try to stay afloat. One time my little brother made a comment to me that just rang true. He said " You are more interested in the process, than you are in the project."
I do finish quite a few projects, and I generally like my results but I have to tear myself away from my own diversions to focus on the work that puts bread on the table. Oh I do long for the day when they are both the same thing.
Sometimes I resent things that obligate me to spend time away from my projects. Even explaining it to someone can be a chore.

I should live on an island that has three phase power and lots of materials. Naked natives would be a plus too.


10-04-2003, 05:04 AM
What burns my arse is I have nothing but "free" time on my hands. Between feeling like a dog turd and my back trying to kill me I never seem to get anything done these days. I still have 50Lbs of fasteners to sort out (from 000-180 screws to 1/4" bolts), boxes of parts to sort, places to put the parts, finding tools I forgot about, and vaguely remember why and for what I made them for. I can actually see some floor now, but I hate throwing out anything (packratitis) so the piles just seem to move around a bit. The worst part about this is I have always been anal rententive about everything being sorted and in its place. Nice & neat. Oh, how the mighty have fallen... http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif

G.A. Ewen
10-04-2003, 09:25 AM
Poor health is a thing that I am familiar with. In the last three years mine has been not to bad but I didn't get one project done last winter due to the fact that now my wife is in poor health. http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//frown.gif She cared for me like I was a baby when I was flat on my back so now it's my turn.

Packratitis; a highly contagious condition that is common amoung home shop metal workers. The symptoms include; sleepless nights trying to remember where an item is stored, the delusion that anything made of metal must be aquired and put in storage, an obsessive compulsion to go to every auction and yard sale and the inability to return from the dump with less than was taken. When driving those with this affliction will more often take more notice of a yard full of junk than a pretty girl jogging on the roadside. There is (thank god) no cure for this condition. http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//tongue.gif http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif

[This message has been edited by G.A. Ewen (edited 10-04-2003).]

10-04-2003, 10:21 AM
The enemies of clean shops are:

"That thing is perfectly good"

"Looks like it might come in handy sometime"

"That looks like it might fit my _____"

There's plenty more of the same.......

10-04-2003, 06:10 PM
what i want to do-

make lots things on the long to do list

make a few dollars at it

what i have to do-

pay taxes,insurance,feed the cats,cut the grass bushes ,fix delapidated house ,car , boat ,fix lots of junky machines ,spend lots of money ,earn a little ,pay more taxes,find more broken things............................................ .......................

C. Tate
10-04-2003, 10:23 PM

My justification for the messy shop... sweeping chips never makes as much money as making them. I thank God ever day that I have too much work to do and not enough time to clean. This is even more true at this time with the slow down in manufacturing.

Messy shop good

10-05-2003, 03:34 AM

I completely agree. It is a blessing to be too busy to even fart - even though we often do not appreciate it while we can.

Sorry to hear your better half is ill. I pray she will be better soon.

10-05-2003, 11:00 AM
I have said it before.I'll have to live to be 300 to get everyhing done!

I have been goig to build a new shop for 10+years now,everytime I start something else comes up,I don't know what I would do if I were married,I don't think I would have enough time to devote to a wife,maybe thats why I'm still single,hmmmm....nah!I'm just ugly http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif

10-05-2003, 11:42 AM
There is never enough time to get everything done that you want to. Also not enough money but thats another story. When I retired 5 years ago I thought I would have the time to get everything done. Really don't know how I had time to work in the first place. Have more projects on the want to do list than I had before and still don't have the time to get them done.

I look around and see other retired people that have nothing to do at all. If I could only train them to help me with my project so I could get more done and give them something to do. With most of the people that is not possible because they have no skill in the hands on work arena and also have no interest. If they got their hands dirty it would be the first time. Why retire if you have nothing to do?????

Anyway I will have to live at least 200 more years to complete the list and started projects I have now. If I could figure out how to have the energy I had when I was 20 and have the knowledge that I have now I could probably get everything done in about 100 years. Maybe I need to work on an age reversal process, will share it for free with the members of this board when I get it done. One more thing on the list now.


Ragarsed Raglan
10-06-2003, 03:39 PM
Hey BF,

Get your friend to leave his wife a note that she needs to tram the vertical head on the mill!!!


10-06-2003, 04:51 PM
While attending a marriage seminar on communication,

Wally and his wife Carolyn listened to the instructor declare, "It is essential that husbands and wives know the things that are important to each other."

He addressed the men, "Can you describe your wife's favorite flower?"

Wally leaned over, touched Carolyn's arm gently and whispered,"Robin Hood, All-Purpose, isn't it?"

And thus began Wally's life of celibacy.

10-06-2003, 05:36 PM

My friend likes sleeping in the bedroom lots better than downstairs on the couch.