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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Butte Montana which is 1/2 way between Purgatory and Heaven


    I don't know if this is something that I should post, or if anyone would even find it interesting, but after yesterday I have to share it with someone.

    About a year and a half ago I made my son a poker table. I'm in Montana and he's in Denver. So I delivered it to him, he smiled, hugged me and told me how proud he was.

    That night my wife told me how much he liked it, but said the the holes for the cup holders were smaller than he wanted and thought if he said anything I may be offended. My answer was to bad i can't enlarge them.

    When we returned to Montana, my wife asked me if i ever read all the wood working magazines I subscribe to. Then she produced a magazine that had an advertisement for the Starret Oops Arbor. A hole saw arbor that allows you to use two different size hole saws at the same time. I returned to Colorado and enlarged the cup holders

    Two weeks ago she was in my shop as I was cleaning up and throwing trash in the trash can. She noticed several sleeves from my spindel sander. She questioned why I was throwing them away when 1/3 of the spindle was not used , the section in the center. I explained why and she goes in the house, brings out another magazine
    and shows me an article on how to take MDF or plywood piece the size of the sander table, cut a center hole for the spindle and raise the stock to the unused area of the spindel.

    Yesterday we went to Home Depot to buy a new battery for my drill. It was 7 years old and would no longer hold a charge. I took the old battery with me, found a replacement. I asked the clerk how much, he said 89.00, he went to get one from the stockroom.

    My wife than and pointed at a sign that said " Lifetime replacement on all batteries" I tried to explain that mine was 7 years old and that it didn't apply when I bought mine. She pointed it out to the clerk, his answer was "Your right" NO CHARGE!

    Believe me, from this point, I have a question or a problem I'm going to my wife and ask if she's seen anything in my magazines that will help me.

    Jiggs Elphison

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    London, Ontario
    I was a firm believer in marrying someone smarter than me.

    Of course she's not totally perfect, after all I pulled the wool over her eyes long enough to get the ring on her finger.
    There's usually more than one way to do it... ........

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    ABQ NM
    You're a fortunate man.

    My wife wouldn't know a hole saw from a spindle sander sleeve, let alone read an article about either of 'em.
    When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro. - Hunter S. Thompson
    When the weird get going, they start their own forum. - Vaughn McMillan

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Apr 2009

    EVERY DAY!!!!!!!!! been there, done that.

    we are working on 22 years, i stopped thinking 20 years ago. If its important she will let me know.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    Portland, Oregon
    Quote Originally Posted by Art Mulder View Post
    I was a firm believer in marrying someone smarter than me.
    I'm not as dumb as I look, My wife says I couldn't be!
    Jesus was a Woodworker

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Tokyo Japan
    Jiggs, thanks for sharing that, made me laugh out loud!

    Like my lovely wife Emiko, when I was explaining about how great the SawStop is, and the capital I'd built up in the first Aparto reno, she said "Well then, why not just buy the SawStop and be done with it....?"

    Yep, you just got to love them!
    The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.
    William Arthur Ward

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    GTA Ontario Canada
    Great story Jiggs. There is no fooling them is there. Thanks for sharing it like Stu said it put a great smile on the dial for a Monday.

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Billings Missouri near Springfield Mo
    Quote Originally Posted by Dan Mooney View Post
    I'm not as dumb as I look, My wife says I couldn't be!
    I resemble that remark

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Delton, Michigan
    excellent jiggs,, i firmly believe that behind all great men are the women that made them that way, either in support or know more than they did.. yup she is standing over my shoulder actually though mine has made some pretty good choices and made me rethink my thoughts in the nick of time.
    If in Doubt, Build it Stout!
    One hand washes the other!
    Don't put off today till tomorrow!

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    East Freeetown, Massachusetts
    Gee Jiggs,

    WOW - what an AWESOME wife you have.

    Sometimes my wife looks through my magazines, but she doesn't recognise the stuff like that.

    I like the one about the spindle sander thing - boy does that make sense.

    Does your wife do any woodworking with you? She should.

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