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Funny Moments in Woodworking – Table Saw at 4am

December 2nd, 2008 Comments off

I was looking through my stats for this site this morning and saw that someone came to my site from the term “table saw craigslist”. I did a quick search on Google to see where I came up and stumbled upon the following Craigstlist post in the Best of Cragslist section.

This particular post struck me because I was up at 1am last night running my table saw to see if I had put it back together correctly after the accident. Currently my closest neighbor is accross the street but I am going to have to keep my late night woodwoorking adventures to a minimum once they finish building the house next door. Also, I am known to run in the house and yell at the kids to be quite when I can hear them out in the garage. 

Enjoy.

Dear Neighbor, 

When I went to sleep last night at 11pm. Nay, when I went to bed last night at 11pm I heard, very clearly, the intermittent hammering coming from your basement, 15 feet and a privacy fence away. Can’t say that I was pleased, but I had no idea the Black & Decker nightmare you had in store for me. 

I managed to drown out the sound of the hammer long enough to drift off to sleep, alas I was awakened at 4 am by the sound of a… what’s that? No, it can’t be. A table saw? 

Sir, I am a general contractor’s daughter and know, make no mistake about it, what a table saw sounds like. I was also able to identify a high-powered (bordering on a dentist’s wet dream) drill you insisted on using when you weren’t busy with the aforementioned hammer or table saw. 

And while I am certain it’s not your fault that I left a shoe in the middle of my own floor, I place the blame squarely on your shoulders, fair neighbor, for the gaping head wound (thank you window sill corner) and concussion I suffered when I went ass over apple carts across my bedroom in an effort to find out just what the hell was going on over there. Maybe it’s the concussion, could be the sleep deprivation, but here are the thoughts that went through my mind over the course of the next THREE HOURS (I didn’t call the police because I fear, above all else, turning into my mother): 

1. You’re building a dungeon. 

Power tools in the middle of the night? Creepy old house? Basement? Tell me did you already have your victim chloroformed in the corner, or are you still just stalking her? And for the record, I will not be putting any lotion on myself or in any basket. And I will eat Precious just as soon as look at her. Period. 

2. You’re building a better mousetrap. 

Or maybe just the biggest mousetrap EVER. Or quite possibly 9,000 better mousetraps, at the regular size. 

3. You’re building a popsicle stick Taj Mahal. 

Gentle neighbor (I saw your sensitive ponytail), I think we can all sympathize with the panic that ensues when one has completely spaced a school project due first thing the next morning. But I have to admit that I think using a table saw for balsa wood is overkill. What? Your index fingers and thumbs weren’t strong enough to break the sticks in half? Then I don’t think you have the dexterity necessary to safely use a table saw, drill, hammer or, for that matter, a remote control. 

4.You’re building a Y2K bunker. 

It’s 2005, I think you’re safe. 

But the strangest thing you did was this morning at 8 am. While in the shower I heard you yell at your dog to be quiet. Huh? My conclusions are as follows: You’re a hearing-impaired, insomniac, do-it-yourself imbecile with no concept of irony. This does not bode well for the life of our neighborly arrangement. However, if that dungeon has my name on it, I may have bigger hurdles in front of me than a few bags under my eyes.

Here’s the link to the original Craigslist post – Seriously? Operating a table saw at 4am?