The New Workbench Journey #7: A Little Re-Do

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Blog entry by DrJosh posted 08-11-2010 12:11 AM 1537 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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When I decided that I wanted to build myself a workbench, I realized that this was going to be my first real big project and as such it would be a major learning process. That said, learning is a good thing, but realizing that I screwed something up and I needed to re-do a part was very frustrating. OK, so I’ve learned a ton about the process of milling and squaring rough and construction grade lumber. I’ve learning a fair amount about using project design and using Google Sketchup. What I learned the hard way just the other day is the old addage “Measure twice and cut once.” I realized after the fact that I laid out and cut my half-laps on the wrong face of my bench legs. So I decided that I would simply purchase a couple of construction grade 4×4s and mill them up and build my bench with square legs. I now have all my parts milled, some parts are cut to length, and I’m ready to start some assembly. Here is a pic of my freshly milled, 3.25” square legs, and aprons that have been cut ready to go.
Workbench legs re-do

The journey continues….

-- Nashville, TN

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#1 posted 08-11-2010 05:46 PM

I’m reading a book about the continuous improvement culture at Toyota. In it, the author says that Toyota considers problems “jewels,” because of the learning that they garner from solving each one. I feel like that about my woodworking experiences. As you’ve worked your way through each of the frustrations on your project, your thinking has changed. Now, as you approach a new project, you’ll be able to perform at a different level than before. Bravo! Keep up the good work.

-- Robb

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