Been rehabbing my office furniture for my little office. No money, just time. Got some advice from A1Jim as to how to go about finishing the piece. Don’t have dyes, or money to buy it. Sanded out nicks and groves. Sealed the top. Didn’t match the desk design. So I did a test piece of Rustolium espresso. Test board matched colors in desk.
Sprayed one coat on desk top. Neutral finish showing grain patterns! Success. Next day thought about two finishing options. Water bourn poly or the oil based stain I rubbed the rest of the desk with. Did the test piece. It had two coats of paint on sanded wood. It was good. I then started to rub it into one half of the desk top. Removed the finish!
I was thinking how many of you LJ’s experienced this. Also was going to write a Murphy’s Law blog, but Googled and found a great one by George Walker. 2010 from his Design Blog.
I thought I’d share it
Murphy’s laws of woodworking.
Many of these I have learned the hard way:
1. Off square parts will assemble for maximum ill effect.
2. Your workshop is never big enough.
3. The workshop of your dreams won’t be big enough.
4. Mobile bases aren’t mobile in seven inches of sawdust.
5. Plastic wood isn’t.
6. A Safety guard hasn’t been invented that can prevent stupid.
7. Sawdust coating the laundry basket usually precedes a storm.
8. Finding one of your good chisels in the kitchen junk drawer is another sign of an impending storm.
9. The ideal number of clamps is two more than you will ever own.
10. The ideal sized clamp is two inches longer than the one you are making do with.
11. It’s time to sweep the shop floor when:
1. You start losing tools bigger than a router.
2. The kids start digging tunnels and building forts.
3. You start bumping your head on the ceiling.
12. Amateur woodworkers don’t have clocks in their workshops; professionals don’t have enough time in theirs.
13. Hammering a bent nail into a board will not make it go away.
14. A tool tray at the back of your workbench was the original inspiration for the discovery of “Black holes” in the universe.
15. The original cost of a router is insignificant compared to what you will spend on router bits.
16. The amount of years spent woodworking is directly proportional to the amount of extra lights and outlets installed in the workshop.
17. Flying objects are never a good sign in the workshop.
18. Smoke is never a good sign in the workshop.
19. A popping sound when removing clamps is never a good sign in the workshop.
20. Re-attached fingers never work as well as original equipment.
21. Lumber always costs more than you planned.
22. You never have enough tools until you have at least three of everything.
23. “Natural material – no two are alike” means this wood is full of knots.
24. Your biggest goof will take place nearest the end of a project.
25. Experienced woodworkers still make mistakes; they are also more adept at hiding them.
26. All blueprints contain errors; it’s your job to find them the hard way.
27. There are six different ways to solve any woodworking problem, and at least thirty six ways to flub it up.
28. Calling it a day after really screwing something up will not make it better in the morning.
29. A dull drill bit will not magically become sharp by throwing it back in a cigar box.
30. If you never scrap anything, you probably don’t make anything either.
31. No one appreciates a door that closes smoothly, but even a moron will crab about one that sticks.
I’ve been compiling this list for some time. If you have any to add, I’d love to hear them.
George R. Walker
Please add your own!
-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher