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Thread: Hand tool truisms – what say you?

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    My uncle said “Never let a day go by without learning something. You will need that someday.” At the end of the day I still review just to check if I learned something. Not always about hand tool work but many times it is.

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    Perfection is the enemy of good enough.

    From a former military operations planner "Always plan the scapegoat first"

    From my good fishing buddy (a general contractor and superb finish carpenter) "Pound to fit and paint to match"

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    The longest road to take is from your head to your heart to your hands.
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    "A job well planned is half done."
    (A different variation of one Stew posted.)
    "All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing."
    - Sir Edmund Burke

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    Yep, well..you'll have that on the bigger jobs...

    "Can't see from my house"

    Close enough, for the Girls we run around with.....

    Looks good from my house....

    Hmmm, someone get me the Boardstretcher out of the Tool Trailer.....

    " Need a box of holes, and a METRIC Crescent wrench, from the Tool Trailer!"

    "Hurry up! Yer burning daylight!"

    Never send a Welder's Apprentice to do a Carpenter's Job. Someone is liable to get hurt ( they try to pull nails with a ball pean hammer)

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    My first encounter with this was attributed to Saint Francis of Assisi:

    “He who works with his hands is a laborer.
    He who works with his hands and his head is a craftsman.
    He who works with his hands and his head and his heart is an artist.”

    ― Saint Francis of Assisi (1182 to October 4, 1226

    A variation is attributed to Lous Nizer

    “A man who works with his hands is a laborer; a man who works with his hands and his brain is a craftsman; but a man who works with his hands and his brain and his heart is an artist.”

    ― Louis Nizer (February 6, 1902 – November 10, 1994)

    Given there times if both said it, Saint Francis was likely to have said it first though in a different language.

    jtk
    "A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty."
    - Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965)

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    Said about sharpening:

    ”What you lack in skill you make up for with enthusiasm.”

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    Quote Originally Posted by Curt Putnam View Post
    Perfection is the enemy of good enough.

    From a former military operations planner "Always plan the scapegoat first"

    From my good fishing buddy (a general contractor and superb finish carpenter) "Pound to fit and paint to match"
    Oooooh, those are good- definitely have the ring of authenticity!!

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    Putty and paint make her what she ain’t. Often said about boat work.
    Jim
    Ancora Yacht Service

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    A carpenter working on my house reno a few years ago informed me he would do his best and caulk the rest.

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    My motto is never make more than two mistakes in a shop session.

    It is wise to quit after two because the third one will either be a dandy or an injury.

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    Dad always said.." A good painter can cover a bad Carpenter's mistakes, while an Undertaker will have to bury a Doctor's mistakes".....


    Ever find yourself " Working way too hard, for a Friday"?......Then slow down...".there is nothing we have to do so fast, that we have to think of Safety LAST!"
    A Planer? I'm the Planer, and this is what I use

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    Maybe not an exact fit for the call, but these are ones this thread reminded me of from when I was growing up.

    "I cut it twice and its still too short"

    "I see said the blind man as he picked up his hammer and saw"

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    These are great thanks for posting. A couple from my framing days
    putty n paint makes the carpenter what he ain’t
    looks good from far but it’s far from good
    how much money should I sand into it?

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    “If you didn’t do it right the first time, when are you going to find the time to do it over” - attributed to Dale Nish, as told by Rob Cosman

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