A new dining room set for my wife! #10: Will these side aprons ever end? The end is in sight!

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Blog entry by GaryK posted 04-29-2011 07:15 AM 3042 reads 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 9: Back legs. Déjà vu all over again Part 10 of A new dining room set for my wife! series Part 11: Good news. The aprons are finally done! »

This will be a quick entry. Cutting some straight tenons is a breeze. Well, not any more as we shall see.

First I did the shoulder cut on all 4 sides:

Then back to the tenoning jig. No problem.

Then to the band saw to trim the ends to the shoulder. Couldn’t be simpler.

Simple as pie until you screw things up. I got complacent going so simple a job and made 2 mistakes.
On the same part no less. One on each end!

Here I started to make a cut and realized that it wasn’t right. The fix is easy though. Just take a piece of cut off material from the cheek cuts and glue it in. I just cut it correctly after the glue dried.

Same thing here except I didn’t realize it until I had finished the cut. Luckily it was just as simple to fix. I just glued another piece of cut off material and cut it again.

This just goes to show you that you have to pay attention even on the simplest of tasks.

I’ll never do that again. Yea, right. In my dreams!

In the next blog I’ll finish up these aprons finally.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#1 posted 04-29-2011 07:27 AM

Not only that you do it right but you also right what went wrong. It is proven that accident happens most of the time in easy job when we are lax and confident in what we are doing. Anyway, this is a good reminder for us that every human being commit mistake and I agree that you always do right in dreams.

-- Bert

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#2 posted 04-29-2011 07:36 AM

It seems you never screw up the tricky stuff, but there are lots of us out here who feel your pain on this one. Two left hand sides, exactly 64/64” too short, etc, etc. Always on the easy stuff. Nice recovery and no real harm done. I’m sure if it had been a critical area you would have been aces as usual. Great work, great blog.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees.

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#3 posted 04-29-2011 11:17 AM

hey Gary…..........Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way

-- We must all walk our own green mile

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#4 posted 04-29-2011 12:43 PM

yep definitely planned

because now you have given a great tutorial on how to fix things that aren’t right

cant wait to see the chairs finished

keep up the good work


-- Happiness is a way of travel , not a destination (Roy Goodman)

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#5 posted 04-29-2011 01:36 PM

I feel your pain!!!!!!!!! Things will be ok on the next day

-- Ralphie Maine

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#6 posted 04-29-2011 02:36 PM

Thats going to be a fine dining room set.

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#7 posted 04-29-2011 04:45 PM

Been there – done that. And then did it again ;)

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#8 posted 04-29-2011 07:06 PM

Your doing great Gary, none of us are perfect either, and a pro fixes his mistakes so that no one knows.

-- Dan Wiggins

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#9 posted 04-29-2011 07:58 PM

Oh, if my mistakes were so easily fixed!


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

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#10 posted 04-30-2011 04:35 AM

Measure twice, cut once, then fix it and cut again. I have been doing a lot of that myself lately. Whats nice is it is inside the joint and adds strength to the joint and makes it stable like plywood. “Yea, I’ll stick to that story”.

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