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  • How much does your spouse know about what you do ?

    I'm curious what your respective spouse/significant one understands what goes on and what's in your shop. A recent exchange between my wife and myself went as follows:

    While providing directions to find something in the garage,

    Me: "it's on the toolbox to the right of the lathe"

    Her: "what's the lathe ?"

    Pause..........

    Me: "you know the big machine I stand at all the time ?"

    Her: "oh, ok"

    So how does your wife/spouse measure up ? And how much time do you invest in explaining what's what in the shop and what it does ?
    Gary


    Appearance is Everything...

  • #2
    She knows I disappear into the building out behind the house, isn't that enough.
    The shortest distance between two points is a circle of infinite diameter.

    Bluewater Model Engineering Society at https://sites.google.com/site/bluewatermes/

    Southwestern Ontario. Canada

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    • #3
      Ha!... Similar conversation with my wife:

      Wife: Your drill thingy came today.

      Me: What drill thingy?

      Wife: you know, the drill bit for that drill looking thing that's not a drill, or so you say, that you are always working on.

      Me: you mean the end mill for the milling machine?

      Wife: Whatever....


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      • #4
        Co-Worker to wife: What is he building out in the shop?
        Wife: Not sure
        Co-Worker: I think he is building a robot army...

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        • #5
          My wife, I am proud to say, knows exactly what all my machinery is, and what it does. She has complicated sewing machines, and knows how to service them. If I am carefully following a drawing on my Deckel GK-21 pantograph and using both hands, she is great at raising and lowering the cutter spindle. She did a great job in teaching sixth grade science for years. We will celebrate 59 years of marriage next March.

          Jim

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          • #6
            I say a little now and then about significant events like getting the Quorn almost to completion but I don't think she has any idea what that means. I might as well say my turboencabulator is finally working.
            .
            "People will occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of the time they will pick themselves up and carry on" : Winston Churchill

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            • #7
              We had a couple visit for the first time a few weeks ago. The wife & I showed them around the house. When we entered my shop, she explained this is where I drill the holes in jar lids for our grandson's bug collection.
              Jim H.

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              • #8
                The Shop Wench has a Master's Degree in Mechanical Engineering. She makes all my Cad drawings, is my IT guy and a computer whiz. She helps make parts in the shop if I get overloaded. She also has a Bachelor's Degree in French and another in Psychology. She is a good cook and sometimes makes tasty dishes from her (written in) French cookbooks. We also shoot together in pistol matches. She's a pretty good shot, but I can hold my own. We both reload our own match ammo.

                I think I am pretty lucky to find her!
                Kansas City area

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                • #9
                  My wife knows everything - cost of things, what's going on with my machines, and is my "sounding board" for issues/concerns that I have with my machining or workshop purchases/disposals.

                  Why should she not know?

                  John.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Toolguy View Post
                    The Shop Wench has a Master's Degree in Mechanical Engineering. She makes all my Cad drawings, is my IT guy and a computer whiz. She helps make parts in the shop if I get overloaded. She also has a Bachelor's Degree in French and another in Psychology. She is a good cook and sometimes makes tasty dishes from her (written in) French cookbooks. We also shoot together in pistol matches. She's a pretty good shot, but I can hold my own. We both reload our own match ammo.

                    I think I am pretty lucky to find her!
                    You suck!

                    (Meant in the friendliest way possible, and does she have a sister?)

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                    • #11
                      She might qualify as a gloat, although not machinery or tools. Sorry, no sisters.
                      Kansas City area

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by JCHannum View Post
                        We had a couple visit for the first time a few weeks ago. The wife & I showed them around the house. When we entered my shop, she explained this is where I drill the holes in jar lids for our grandson's bug collection.
                        Glad I didn't have a mouth full of coffee when I read that, hilarious.
                        Location: Long Island, N.Y.

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                        • #13
                          Hey, no picture, no gloat. Them's the rules.



                          Originally posted by Toolguy View Post
                          She might qualify as a gloat, although not machinery or tools. Sorry, no sisters.
                          Paul A.
                          SE Texas

                          And if you look REAL close at an analog signal,
                          You will find that it has discrete steps.

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                          • #14
                            "I'm so happy! I finally got a milling machine."

                            "What does it do?"

                            "It mills."

                            "Fine, don't tell me."



                            "What's in that package?"

                            ""My new set of large drill bits."

                            "You already have drill bits."

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by loose nut View Post
                              She knows I disappear into the building out behind the house, isn't that enough.
                              Exactly! At least she thinks she knows what I'm doing. lol

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