ahhh mistakes

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Blog entry by AaronK posted 12-14-2008 01:01 AM 936 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

made some headway as well as some serious mistakes today.

1. finished the mortises/notches for shelves of bookcase
2. finished through tenons
3. started mortise for tenon in top of bookcase.

ok, fine, but:

when going top-down on the mortise with my chisels, i blew through the bottom side and got some serious tearout on all edges. i thought that by clamping the board down on a sacrificial piece of ply i would be ok, evidently not at all! so that wil require a serious bit of care and touch up, possibly with wood filler/finish+sawdust. CRAP.

also CRAP is that when on my way to finishing the mortise i DROPPED both the 1/2 and 1” chisels i was using and they hit the concrete and got some nice gouges in the blades. so that was extremely discouraging. the 1/2” was worse, so i figured I was done for the day and to punish myself i got down to rehoning it immediately. took a while even on the 60grit paper – the gouge was in a corner, where it could do the most damage, and about 0.5mm into the shank. The 1” chisel got dinged much less worse, that wont need to be completely reground, i think.

on the plus side, i did get good experience using the chisel on those notch mortises.

anyway, lessons:

always approach a through mortise from both sides.

never drop your chisel. definitely dont do it twice in one day. hah.

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#1 posted 12-14-2008 01:11 AM

We all have those days! Tomorrow will be better!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 12-14-2008 01:48 AM

Man I have had those days and once it starts it seems to compound upon itself. It starts out with a very minor miscut, which you can hide and make work. Then it will be a tool issue, which you can probably get around by using other stuff to the same end. Then another small miscut, or a split or an important piece of your project that goes completely crazy with warping and bending after you rip it off of a dead flat & straight, planed chunk of lumber. Then you always find out, after looking for anything you have in stock, that the only matching piece you have is 1/2 ” too short. That’s the way it goes. Someone has as his moniker that “woodworking isn’t only a hobby, but a #$#%*&^^%#$ expensive hobby. Or something like that. Whatever, it is the truth. As always, bbqKing.

-- bbqKing, Lawrenceville

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#3 posted 12-14-2008 02:50 AM

Aaron, I have to agree with bbqKing. But one of the truisms that happens is that dropped chisels always land on the sharpened edge. But just think how routine it would be if everything went according to our best laid plans. We obviously do not the benefits of outtakes as Norm does but instead must deal with these “obstacles” as they occur in our real woodworking lives.

I am a firm believer in the learning benefits from “mistakes” but they do seem to slow thing down.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#4 posted 12-14-2008 03:10 AM

well, at least the chisels make physical sense – the metal side weighs more, so it hits first. buttered bread on the other hand…

yeah, thanks for the encouragement (sort of! or at least empathy). if i find this board to screwed up to work into the final product i may have another piece that could work.

as for tomorrow, i need to hone that other chisel, and then i’m breaking out the router for the other mortise. it IS worth it i decided. doing it the old fashioned way, right now, sucks!

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