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post #21 of 55 Old 02-20-2009, 08:03 PM
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Here's another. Made a fireplace surround for an upstairs bedroom. Guess what the goof is yet?

Brought it into the house and couldn't get it upstairs. If it was a normal house it would have been no problem. But this was an 18th century home and the staircase was much steeper and narrower than what they are now. I had to cut the legs off of it and bring it up in 3 pcs. Put it back together in place. Still looks great.


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Had a friend measure the legs of a table I was building. He did everyone perfect except the last one.He measured it 2 inches too short.
I didnt have another 4x4 post so I screwed the2 inches back onto the remainder and put a piece of felt on the bottom to gain what I lost from the saw and voila. Cant even tell.
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I was not going to admit to this, but since I am
among friends(??) I will.

A few years ago it was building an RC airplane
and made two left wings for it!
This one made me laugh! I guess that plane was not a good dance partner.



I made a nice little pencil holder out of some scrap oak that holds about 30 pencils. This was about a week ago and I'm down to 10 pencils! If I end up selling any of my projects, it'll have to be used to support my pencil habit.
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Well as a newbie I make plenty of mistakes but this was the best so far...geesh........

I had just completed the last of 16 mortises I was cutting in four table legs. Now mind you this was my first EVER furniture project. I was putting off starting because being the totally anal person i am, i didn't want to make a mistake....LOL......how naive......anyway I measured and re-measured for days, analyzed layout lines a thousand times, procrastinated making the first cut because I didn't want to ruin the wood, was intimidated by the fact that this was the first EVER time using a router of any kind. You get the idea.

So after much practice on scraps I finally started. Set up my jig and everything went suprisingly smooth. The plunge router I was using (Bosch) worked wonderfully. It wasn't the beast I thought it would be at all. Cut the mortises like butter. Then it happened. I finsihed the last one....the LAST ONE mind you....and i had a funny feeling......i set my plunge router down carefully and went back to inspect my work..............ugh.........I cut that last darn mortise on the WRONG EDGE of the leg.....it was supposed to be on the outer half just like the one above it but I cut it on the inside edge....I don't think the apron would quite line up that way huh?........

I had to glue up a totally new blank for the 4th leg and start over from scratch............ugh.......
I think I would have put a plug or inlay over it and kept going, done well its hard to see it later. Dean
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need more space

I recently build a new shop. Added an extension to the horse stable. You know how it is when looking at an empty space, it looks like a lot. I paced it it off, set up my batter boards and went to work. By the time I had it set up with a bench on one wall, woodworking bench, TS, jointer, BS, router, lathe, cabinets, sharpening station, dust collector, shop vac, I hardly had room to turn around amongst them. Double whatever you think looks big enough in the first place. Wife won't let me shoot the horses and take their space.

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Start using black walnut a lot and the horses will mysteriously pass away on their own.

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dead horses

Egad, is there truth to blackwalnut and dead horses. A friend just gave me a pile of blackwalnut limbs. I wouldn't mind that old crowbait of hers croaking but not mine. Maybe I better keep it and the sawdust indoors. Dam, wife just read this thing over my shoulder, now I'm in trouble.
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Egad, is there truth to blackwalnut and dead horses. A friend just gave me a pile of blackwalnut limbs. I wouldn't mind that old crowbait of hers croaking but not mine. Maybe I better keep it and the sawdust indoors. Dam, wife just read this thing over my shoulder, now I'm in trouble.
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goof or just stupid?

while working on a bedroom and a year or more since i had worked with moulding, i chewed up an entire 7 foot piece of crown moulding making "test" cuts...i mean tests cuts of about 2" long a piece! creative novice
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while working on a bedroom and a year or more since i had worked with moulding, i chewed up an entire 7 foot piece of crown moulding making "test" cuts...i mean tests cuts of about 2" long a piece! creative novice
I have been there, done that, and have a closet full of t-shirts. I have been working with wood over 35 years and still have problem's cutting crown molding.

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crowm moulding

yea, well the rest of the story is that i had already chopped up another shorter piece that was scrap....then the good piece...had to go get more to finish the job! hate when that happens!
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One I will not soon forget. I was working with an engineer that I had heard of a few of his silly mistakes. Then one day he was bragging about a job he did. His boss said, You did better than the bathroom at least. We started questioning him about what happened until he gave up the rest of the story. The job was to design and bid out a new locker room with a shower and toilets. He did all the designs in 3-D only trouble was it was not ADD accessible, twice the lighting you need to suntan, fart fans that would pull off your hat, tile showers with no place to undress drain lines that did not connect to the sewer. To top it all he did NOT have the contractor to install copper tubing in the walls for water. This 25k project had 18k in repairs before use!
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There is'nt enough room here to start describing the fun I've had fixin' goofs.......rilly!
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My mooching BIL (carpenter by trade) came to live with us in CA in the late 70's. We only had a couch from him to sleep on. So he commenced to build himself a super sized water bed in my garage. You guessed it. Could not get it into the spare bedroom, too big! LMAO.

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Dyslexia gets me the most, on the tape, I read 34" when its 43", I have made my share of firewood.
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LOL....this is outstanding stuff........

I can't tell you how many times I have taken a measurement for something, then stared right at the darn ruler or tape in front of my nose and measured and cut the board wrong anyway.....
Just two days ago I measured a space for the length of a rail that would be going there, then measured it again to be sure. Then I measured the board and marked it. Then, just to be really sure, I checked both the space and the board again, and cut the board...an inch too short.

I had set the fence on the saw wrong and it never occurred to me to recheck that.
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I have been known to make 2 of each side of something. Of course this is always done when a rabbet for the back has been cut.
I've also been known to take a measurement...let's say 11 3/4"...make the cut and find I am exactly 1" short...10 3/4". Cuss, swear, stomp...get my thoughts together and go right back to the saw and do it again.
That's when it's time to shut the lights off and close up shop for the day.
My barrel stove in the shop comes in handy.

Probably the most common mistake is the " 1" mistake"". You know the measurement is 11" but you mark it at 10". I have done this more times than I care to admit. That is why the rule says " measure twice, cut once".
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In life I live by the "Rule of 3"


2 mistakes is fine, the 3rd is when you call it quits for the day and try it again on a new day. I find it works for most things, if the "Rule of 3" is ignored bad things happen.

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Just two days ago I measured a space for the length of a rail that would be going there, then measured it again to be sure. Then I measured the board and marked it. Then, just to be really sure, I checked both the space and the board again, and cut the board...an inch too short.

I had set the fence on the saw wrong and it never occurred to me to recheck that.
LOL....awesome....now THAT sounds like something i would do......lol
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so the other day i go to use my panel cutting sled.....i am using the same blade and ZCI that I used initially to make the sled....but for some reason the blade is now biting into the sled by about 1/8 of an inch........this drives me crazy.........so i take off the ZCI...inspect the blade, etc....this leads to literally 2.5 hours of recalibrating the table saw (blade 90 degrees to the table.....rip fence parallel, miter guage parallel to the blade.....yada, yada......you know the drill......) I mean I am going crazy trying to get this dialed in and it aint happening...then I put the square on the fence of my incra miter guage to check it for being 90 degrees to the blade and noticed something odd........the middle of the blade is touching the square but the front and rear of the blade are off the square by about 1/32.......is the blade warped?.....what's going on?...this leads to another hour of profanity and swearing........

Then i glance over at my workbench...........the last time used the saw I used a stacked dado.......the outside washer/stabilizer on the spindle would not fit back on with the bolt so i only used the outside bolt on the spindle to tighten the blade in place.......I took the stacked dado off when i was done cutting tenons and put my WWII blade back on and you guessed it....i forgot to put the outer washer/stabilizer back on........just using the bolt to tighten the blade on the spindle was making the blade flex and become concave as the force imparted by the outer bolt being tightened was not equal against the inner washer/stabilizer...........bottom line...it took 3 minutes to fix that and the TS was dialed in perfectly........nothing like wasting 3.5 hours on a wild goose chase.....

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