Sunday, November 4, 2007

Santa's Shop Part II

3 other members of my woodworking club and I finished up the toys today for underpriveleged kids. 102 cars and trucks in all. Since most of the work today was hand sanding and adding axels and wheels, the four of us were able to chat for the four hours we were together. Anyone who claims that men don't talk much should meet the guys in my club. The type of conversation between groups of men and groups of women, however, is very different. Woodworking guys tell funny stories about things that happened to them or "this guy I know", or talk about woodworking in general or places they've visited or just topical "things". Women talk about people and relationships.

While we were working, an older man came into the woodshop with his very young grandson, about 4 years old, and of course walks right over to the only woman (me) to tell me that when he goes to flea markets, he tells his grandson to ask the vendor for some Hustler magazines, upon which he laughed raucously. Not sure why he felt compelled to tell ME, but I obliged with a chuckle. After he left, the guys started telling jokes about a certain county nearby that is known for its not-so-sophisticated residents.

16 comments:

Wyldth1ng said...

The Cars and Trucks look awesome! I bet the test run was great!

(Yes, I never have grown up.)

The Village Carpenter said...

They were all put through a test run. Had to make sure the wheels would spin! : )

Presbyfruit said...

Why the hell did that guy mention "Hustler" to you? WTF?

The Village Carpenter said...

I just chalked it up to "old guy humor".

Shazza said...

I love the cars and trucks! I want one!

My ex-husband was a mechanic, and I was the bookkeeper for his business for many years. The "guys" used to come in and talk about stuff like that alllll of the time. They used to show me their "Snap on Tools Girls" calendar every year.

I had to pretend that I didn't like them.

The Village Carpenter said...

HA! That's awesome!! LOL

Anonymous said...

Does that county begin with a "P" and end in "Y"? I really think you should share those stories.

The Village Carpenter said...

Yes, it does! I'd share 'em if I could remember them. I think I was still recovering from the "hustler" comment.

LadyBurg said...

I don't really get that type of humor. Guess I'm not a guy. Well, I know I'm not a guy.

Anyway, those trucks are really cool. I think it fantastic you all have made so many. Some little guy (and probably his sisters too) will be thrilled! (I played with my brother's toy cars too.)

Wyldth1ng said...

Back to cars and trucks, I am assuming you used a basic jig for all of the bodies right?
That isn't my question, my question is: did you use teflon on the axles or is it wood on wood? Or did you do something else altogether?

The Village Carpenter said...

Wyldth1ng, we used hardboard templates to trace the shapes onto the wood, then cut the shapes out on the bandsaw and cleaned them up on the stationery belt sander and oscillating spindle sander.

We used wooden axels and wooden wheels. The axel holes were drilled first, then the wheel wells, then we applied glue only to the axels and didn't put them in super tight, so the wheels would spin.

We didn't need that much glue because the axels fit pretty snugly in the holes. Thanks for asking!

The Village Carpenter said...

I forgot: we also rounded the edges on a router table...

Shazza said...

heh, heh, heh...she said ocillating spindle sander!

The Village Carpenter said...

Gosh, good thing I didn't say Ball Peen Hammer!

Wyldth1ng said...

That is not quite what I meant, but my question was answered.

Gye Greene said...

Male and female conversations: I can dig it.

Most of my "friends" at work are female. Probably for the above reason (I don't "do" sports or cars -- so not much to talk about with the men...).


--GG