Assiniiboine Community College Woodworking course #11: Some days it just doesn't pay...

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Blog entry by Mark Shymanski posted 02-23-2011 07:22 AM 1088 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 10: Can you cheat on a router plane? Part 11 of Assiniiboine Community College Woodworking course series Part 12: Last class of Level 2 ...and probably for the rest of the year:-( »

I had an extremely frustrating evening. We had 3 hours to work on our projects and I seem to make mistakes every other minute!!! I even poked myself with largeish splinter when the stupid dreaded miserable *^%$#@ rebate plane blew out the corner of the tenon I was trimming to size! Yeah I now realize I should have backed it up, but it and I were fighting all evening, I eventually switched to a rasp (what is the emoticon for frustrated woodworker!)

I have to hand it to Ryan though, he offered some great advice and I switched from doing the tenons by hand to using the tablesaw (a much easier method if you do it correctly!). Unfortunately I didn’t do all of them correctly and wound up resetting jigs which defeats the purpose of jigs to do everything the same at one time! I found myself doing and redoing stuff, I just could not get in a productive groove! I am still mad at myself. The part that really frosts me is that I have been having a great couple of days in my own shop, Jenn and I have been smoking through various fix it up chores and completing some niggling details on past renos (okay stuff I hadn’t done yet ;-). I even picked up a bunch of maple for finishing the drawers and doors for the never-ending bathroom reno. That has just been going super smoothly, so this evening was a real slap in the head!!!

Okay rant over…

Ryan showed me a way to test that your jigs are properly squared, how to set up a tenon jig and how to properly use the tenon jig. So the last 45 to 60 minutes were pretty productive except for my needing to redo steps. I even had to mill a replacement piece because I had mangled one piece of wood so badly!! That is why I kept all my ‘scraps’ from the initial milling exercise. I am hopeful I will finish it next (and last class). My brother and his wife are expected late Friday so I don’t think I will have it ready for them, but I will be close. It is still pretty cool to be learning so much woodworking stuff.

G’night all.


-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#1 posted 02-23-2011 08:08 AM

Hey Mark

Sorry you had such a rough night at class. Sometimes it just goes that way. At the same time, we learn more (or new things) by making slip-ups or errors along the way. It reinforces what we should take the time to do and gives us more methods of performing the same operation. Have a good night’s sleep and start fresh tomorrow.

Looking forward to next week’s wrap-up.

-- Glen - Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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#2 posted 02-23-2011 12:32 PM

one of the best strategies you can learn in life (and for woodworking) is to recognize when you are out of sync and need to “back away” from what you are doing. Working while frustrated, while in a time of one mistake after another, is an accident waiting to happen.

Breathe deeply and then think twice, three times, or even 4 or 5, before doing anything. (Of course, I’ve done that and still ended up measuring from the wrong end of a board. Some days it is just best to leave the shop and come back tomorrow.

Glad you got to learn some new tricks and strategies.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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