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    How to help out in the shop when you know absolutely nothing about woodworking?

    Hi there!

    I'm going to be home for a few days next month and I really want to help my mom with her projects. Any tips for how I could be of assistance?

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    Stand out of arms reach and yell MOM ARE YOU SURE THAT"S THE RIGHT WAY TO DO THAT. Or just say NO WAIT right after she makes the cut.
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    Read her the instructions

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rachel Louise Grillot View Post
    Hi there!

    I'm going to be home for a few days next month and I really want to help my mom with her projects. Any tips for how I could be of assistance?
    help her keep the shop cleaned up... I find I spend about 1 ++ hour a day just sweeping up and picking up. and if she's working with power tools, don't distract her when one is running...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck Ellis View Post
    help her keep the shop cleaned up... I find I spend about 1 ++ hour a day just sweeping up and picking up. and if she's working with power tools, don't distract her when one is running...
    +1 on that....nothing worse then to have to clean up after a hard days work

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    Rachel, you can sit on the cot with Tbo and keep me company. and I'll teach you the names of all the tools to start with. I can't wait! When are you coming? oh wait, I know when you're coming--I forgot. ;o)
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    Stand around, Say things like
    • Measure once, Cut twice
    • Let me go get you the board stretcher
    • I'm sure no one will notice that
    • Are you sure you'r supposed to be doing that?
    • Remember, There's no more important safety rule than to wear these, safety glasses...

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    Hahaha I cracked up reading these replies!!! Thanks everyone!

    LOL I can't wait to say "Measure once, cut twice" and "I'm sure no one will notice that".

    I'll be sure to stay out of the way of those machines!

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    Ha Rachel there's only one thing you need to do. That's tell her just get a good lathe and you woun't have anything to worrie about.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rachel Louise Grillot View Post
    ...LOL I can't wait to say "Measure once, cut twice" and "I'm sure no one will notice that"...
    Similarly, "You've cut that board three times and it's still too short" is always helpful.

    When I was a construction inspector, I always liked to just stand there with a scowl on my face and my arms folded across my chest. Then every once in a while I'd just say "You're doing it wrong" as I shook my head slowly from side to side.

    Seriously, some of the best help for your mom would be experience. Urge her to dive into a couple of small projects (like boxes or tabletop plant stands or cutting boards or recipe book stands or...you get the idea). Little practice projects like that can help someone get familiar with the tools and the techniques, as well as gain a ton of confidence, before diving into hundreds of dollars worth of materials for the "real" project. Even that Michelangelo fella did a few paint-by-number kits and pencil sketches before he tackled that ceiling over there at the church.
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