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post #41 of 55 Old 03-05-2009, 12:46 PM
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I have a tendancy to reuse as many pieces of anything as possible. I was putting up some crown molding in my kitchen recently and was measuring for a length that would reuse some old molding. I measured the space three times, marked it on the molding, checked the wall measurement again, and rechecked the molding mark twice. Satisfied with the measurements, I took the piece to the garage and layed it on the saw and checked to make sure I had the angle right, checked the angle again, and finally cut it. Took the piece upstairs and it was 2 feet short! :O How the ____ !?!? I went to check the other piece and found my pencil mark and the remains of an old pencil mark where I made the cut.

Moral of the story, if you reuse materials, make sure there aren't any old pencil marks! :P
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I too, have made more than my share of goofs! But this one caused me to throw dang near every tool I had in sight towards whatever would receive them. I just completed my brand new workbench (31 1/2" X 81" top). it's completely made from about what ended up being $700 worth of hard maple. Man is that thing beautiful and strong (if I do say so myself).

Anxious to use it for the first time, I decided to make some storage shelves in my office with knock-down features and removable shelves so that I could adjust the shelves. This called for my trusty jig that I had used before wheareas the jig required drilling 1/4" holes at 2 inches apart down both the front and back of both of the side pieces. Sooooooo, I laid the side pieces up on the brand new bench and clamped the jig in place.

I got out the drill and placed the 1/4" bit in the jig and then wrapped a piece of masking tape around the bit to mark the depth of the combined jig thickness and the 3/8" depth of the intended holes. Evryone knows where I'm going with this.......right?

You guessed it! About 15 or 20 holes into the drilling I began to wonder why the holes were taking longer than when I began drilling the first one. Turns out that the tape had slipped up the drill bit shaft and I was putting some real neatly spaced 1/4" holes in my brand new maple bench top - &##/?22%%33!!!

Good thing I have not forgotten how to make a plunge router work! I had to route down about 3/4" into one of the top bench boards to about 34" of length to insert a new piece of hard maple across this area where I had drilled about 15 holes. I then had to cut, plane and insert a new brand new board. Bright Huh?? Still looking for some of my tools that I slung (and privately thanking the Lord that I had not clamped the side pieces diagonally across the bench!)

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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!
I ran into something similar when I did security system installation.
I had a project that was a brand new school. This project was plagued by problems almost from day one. The educational wing was a 2 story building that was an arc. When the electrician came in to start running conduit on the first floor he set down his pipe and watched it roll away. The floor was 6" out of level along the short axis.

I came in to start running my wire in the admin wing and was running wire to the office door. I got to the office door and looked at the plans, looked at the door, looked at the plans, and then cried foul. I went to the electrician and asked his advice and he told me to go to the General Contractor. I showed my issue to the GC and he told me to take it to the Architect. I did so partly because I was young and dumb and partly because I was protected. It was a union job but we were not union, we were however employed directly by the school district and so we couldn't be thrown out.

I went to the architect and showed him the drawing. The door I was trying to wire was a 10'6" tall relight door (Door with a window above it). The ceiling in the hallway was 12', no problem. The ceiling in the office was 9'. As I pointed this out to the architect he started to get impatient with me and asked 'So What?'. I looked him dead in the eye and asked what was so F'ing special about his plenum space (the area between the drop ceiling and the hard lid) that it needed a window looking into it? He blew a gasket and told me to get off his jobsite. I told him not likely and went back to work. Turns out that there were 50 doors with that same issue that all had to be taken down and cut down. The GC thanked me later telling me that he was tired of pointing out problems like that to the architect.
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post #44 of 55 Old 03-05-2009, 10:24 PM
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back about three years ago i bought a 50 dollar table saw. it cut fair when i changed the blade out with one i had it still cut fair. i changed a few other blade out with used sharpened up blades and they all cut fair.about a year ago i bought a good blade a forrest 10 inch blade real beuty( spelling) i cut like i was cutting butter. i noticed that the saw was not cutting real good any more and thought well it is a cheap $50.00 saw three years ago and a lot has been cut on it. been thinking of getting another saw but no money. for christmas my boys bought me a new freud blade i put it up and forgot i had it. i was sharping my chisels and turning tools and i looked at my saw and thought dumby the blade is dull that is why it cuts like crap. changed the blade with the freud new one and wow it cut great like a new saw. how dumb can you get.
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wasted tons of crown moulding... & time! need I say anymore???
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I can't think of a specific moment right now, but I do remember thinking " I hope nobody saw that" quite a few times.

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What good are cuss words if you don't error?

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This wasn't my goof, but I'll still use it.

I was putting in a ceiling fan in a woman's first floor bathroom, and she asked me to take a look at the unfinished bathroom in the basement and see what it would cost to finish it. She said she'd bought the house a couple years ago with the basemen tbath still unfinished.

So I looked in there....shower's in, toilet's in, the walls and ceiling are drywalled and mudded, sink drain is in the floor, but no sink yet. Pretty easy looking job, eh? I was wondering why the previous ownder hadn't finished it off before they put it on the market.

Then I noticed there wasn't a hole cut in the drywall for the sink water feed lines. Started poking around and found they'd never run the lines from the main water feed lines over to the sink. I told her that's probably why it was never finished.

I wish I'd been around for the cussing when the previous owner found the screw-up.
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The middle shelf and bottom were SUPPOSED to be flush with the vertical face frame pieces. It took 3 measurements and a second of inattention to cause the design change. She loved it anyhow.
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Been band sawing 20 or so years. Ordered some new blades and they came coiled in a bubble pack. Opened one of the 3/8 pkgs and uncoiled the blade, carried it to the saw and slipped it on. Damned if the teeth weren't all pointing up. Man was I angry. Got right on the phone to Suffolk. Well, you know the rest. All I had to do was twist the blade inside out.
That lady sure was nice and I'm sure she had a great time sharing her story with everyone at the plant.
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decided to make a coping sled so i gathered some scap oak planed it ot 1/2" and built it. I liked it until I went to use it can you tell by the picture what I did wrong?



Look at the grain direction it warped bad. So my neighbor had a better idea

the second one is made of solid surface it worked very well as long as I dont drop it.

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For those who posted the "I lost a nut/bolt in the sawdust/shavings" threads, next time just use a magnet. Would have taken 8 seconds, without the mess. But I understand, the greatest ideas always come when you don't need 'em.

Anyhow, here's mine. First time using a dove-tail jig, and I was excited. This thing said it cut both pieces simultaneously to ensure a clean match! Oh boy! Well I strapped the first two pieces on and bored it out. "Oh Boy! I'm really doin' it! This woodworking thing isn't so hard!" After pulling the two pieces out I started a string of language that would make a sailor blush, because they were exactly the same! "I can't put this damn thing together!" So I began the put-it-down-and-stare-at-it phase. After about 10 minutes of pondering (still thuroughly confused), my 4 year old son walks in and sits beside me, also looking at the wood. After a few seconds, he gets up, turns one of the pieces over and slips it together. I really didn't know how to feel at that moment so I did what every father does when caught like that...."Son, if I wanted them put together, then I'd have put them together!"

Needless to say, I don't do anything without my boy!

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lol CAFrye! Every time my wife brings my 1.5 year old to the shop to visit me, he stares around with wonder. On the other hand, when my 16 year old walks in, I have to turn everything of so he doesn't lose a finger pointing at the "spinny thing."

I had my first experience with a poorly chucked turning blank the other day. I guess it wasn't tight enough, cuz as soon as I laid my tool on the tool rest and started cutting in, that sucker let loose and flew across the shop! I'm glad my head wasn't in its way. :P
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For those who posted the "I lost a nut/bolt in the sawdust/shavings" threads, next time just use a magnet. Would have taken 8 seconds, without the mess. But I understand, the greatest ideas always come when you don't need 'em.

Anyhow, here's mine. First time using a dove-tail jig, and I was excited. This thing said it cut both pieces simultaneously to ensure a clean match! Oh boy! Well I strapped the first two pieces on and bored it out. "Oh Boy! I'm really doin' it! This woodworking thing isn't so hard!" After pulling the two pieces out I started a string of language that would make a sailor blush, because they were exactly the same! "I can't put this damn thing together!" So I began the put-it-down-and-stare-at-it phase. After about 10 minutes of pondering (still thuroughly confused), my 4 year old son walks in and sits beside me, also looking at the wood. After a few seconds, he gets up, turns one of the pieces over and slips it together. I really didn't know how to feel at that moment so I did what every father does when caught like that...."Son, if I wanted them put together, then I'd have put them together!"

Needless to say, I don't do anything without my boy!

It was a plastic nut. Dean
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It was a plastic nut. Dean
Everything is magnetic. You'll just need a much, much bigger magnet. LOL

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