Workbench #3: AAAHHH!!! My Top!!!

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Blog entry by Clay Ortiz posted 09-02-2010 11:50 PM 2017 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I can’t believe what I did. The picture says it all!

I was concentrating so hard on the thumb nail feet that I didn’t notice the tracking on the sander! When I was finished banging my head on the table saw I moved the sander to my shop cart. I guess, on the bright side I didn’t have the top milled to the final thickness. It will just have to end up about 1/8” thinner than planned because of my stupid rookie mistake.

The base is coming along though. I really like the spalted areas of the pecan.

Hopefully I will have enough progress this weekend so I can post another. Also, Thank all of ya’ll for helping me get this blog stuff down.

-- Clay Ortiz, North Georgia

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#1 posted 09-03-2010 12:55 AM

bummer :-(
but a design change on 1/8 isn´t so bad after all …..LOL

take care

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#2 posted 09-03-2010 01:19 AM

Ouch! You are a much bigger person than I. That sander would have been launched into space. Truly sorry. At least it was not to size.

-- I've never seen a tree that I wouldn't like to repurpose into a project. I love the smell of wood in the morning - it smells like victory.

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#3 posted 09-03-2010 01:48 AM

Clay don’t feel bad, I’ve done stupid stuff like that too.

That bench looks like its going to be a real sturdy one when its done though.

-- - Eric Noblesville, IN

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#4 posted 09-03-2010 03:04 AM

I that is all that happens you are in steller shape. We all have had a brain fart or two.

-- Marc

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#5 posted 09-03-2010 05:02 AM

If you had not told us, no one would have ever known except you. Of course, we’d keep your secret :’). I learned many mistakes ago that such design opportunities are just a normal part of the development process.

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#6 posted 09-03-2010 05:38 AM

Can’t you flip the top over and make the sander damage reside under the bench? On the UP side, you may have started a new trend in belt sander art.

-- Galootish log blog,

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Clay Ortiz

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#7 posted 09-03-2010 01:17 PM

Believe me I wanted to run that stupid sander through the planer!
And, I could have just kept my mouth shut about it. But, after the initial shock I thought it was kinda funny and ya’ll might get a kick out of it.
I thought about flipping it over but the other side has some pretty bad knots in it.

-- Clay Ortiz, North Georgia

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#8 posted 09-03-2010 06:54 PM

That is beautiful wood, though. It’ll look great when finished.

-- I've never seen a tree that I wouldn't like to repurpose into a project. I love the smell of wood in the morning - it smells like victory.

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#9 posted 09-03-2010 07:08 PM

Clay, that mistake is not going to hurt you too bad. I mean 1/8 inch difference will never show up. And just like swirt said, why not just put that on the bottom. I’ll tell you what, though, that work bench is coming along and it sure does look like it’s going to be a real sturdy bench. Great Work – well, I don’t mean great work on the sander gash ;-[ , but on the bench as a whole. ;-)

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#10 posted 09-04-2010 12:59 AM

Ha, stick some bubble gum in it and you will never know it was there! lol That is the best way to learn through your mistakes. Better to screw up when you can still hide the goofs rather than when you are almost done and can’t hide it. I’ll be willing to wager that this will not happen again for a long time!

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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