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  • Are you in this boat?

    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.

    'Not enough time'... the bane of the home shop machinist.
    To invent, you need a good imagination - and a pile of junk. Thomas A. Edison

  • #2
    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.
    Location: North Central Texas


    • #3
      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.


      • #4
        I could get more done in the project dept. if the wifes list didn't come first!



        • #5
          hmmm...seems vaguely familiar somehow...


          • #6
            You've got it.
            To invent, you need a good imagination - and a pile of junk. Thomas A. Edison


            • #7
              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.



              • #8
                I'm not really complaining ether, those "honey-do" jobs have there own rewards.
                To invent, you need a good imagination - and a pile of junk. Thomas A. Edison


                • #9

                  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 your friend said, its easier to "feed the animals".....


                  • #10
                    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).]


                    • #11
                      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.



                      • #12
                        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.



                        • #13
                          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...


                          • #14
                            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. 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.

                            [This message has been edited by G.A. Ewen (edited 10-04-2003).]
                            To invent, you need a good imagination - and a pile of junk. Thomas A. Edison


                            • #15
                              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.......