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Blog entry by IantheTinker posted 01-21-2018 12:13 AM 521 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I recently began a project for my parents, they commisssioned me to build them a dvd rack from PureBond birch plywood. It is $45 a sheet, by far the most expensive material I have used, and I must admit that it cut be a little unnerving when trying to make sure I am making accurate cuts. I would hate to waste the material and cost my parents more money. Then there is also the added pressure of building something that is worth being paid for.

I typically work with free material, on projects that I either feel like building or are forums in my home, so it is pretty low pressure. I am finding that I have to take a few minutes every now and then to reaffirm myself that no one starts out producing fantastic stuff. Also, that my parents commissioned me knowing that I am relatively inexperienced.

All in all, the important thing is to keep moving forward and trying new things in an effort to expand skills and knowledge. It just isn’t fun wasting materials by mistake or having something turn out the way you didn’t want it to.

-- “How you feeling, Roy?”... “a little unappreciated, Al...” - Die Hard



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HerbC

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#1 posted 01-21-2018 12:38 AM

Take a deep breath, relax and go forth to create…

You will do fine.

Herb

-- Herb, Florida - Here's why I close most messages with "Be Careful!" http://lumberjocks.com/HerbC/blog/17090

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TheFridge

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#2 posted 01-21-2018 12:51 AM

The only difference between a journeyman and a helper is that the journeyman knows how to fix or minimize their mistakes.

Cutting a 45$ sheet of ply is one thing. A 1000$ highly figured rifle blank is another.

As herb said. Go forth.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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sras

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#3 posted 01-21-2018 01:27 AM

If you have enough material, you can make your first cuts a little oversize and make a final cut with smaller pieces. That helps with my anxiety level :)

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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IantheTinker

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#4 posted 01-21-2018 03:56 AM



If you have enough material, you can make your first cuts a little oversize and make a final cut with smaller pieces. That helps with my anxiety level :)

- sras

Thanks for the tip!

-- “How you feeling, Roy?”... “a little unappreciated, Al...” - Die Hard

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IantheTinker

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#5 posted 01-21-2018 03:57 AM



The only difference between a journeyman and a helper is that the journeyman knows how to fix or minimize their mistakes.

Cutting a 45$ sheet of ply is one thing. A 1000$ highly figured rifle blank is another.

As herb said. Go forth.

- TheFridge

I can’t imagine working with a material that cost me that much money, lol. Then again, I suppose that when all things are considered, $1,000 is only money, and money comes and goes.


-- “How you feeling, Roy?”... “a little unappreciated, Al...” - Die Hard

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theart

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#6 posted 01-23-2018 06:23 PM

It never hurts to make full sized templates of your parts out of parcel wrapping paper. Then you can trace them all out onto your plywood to make sure they fit. Just make sure to account for your blade kerf.

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IantheTinker

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#7 posted 01-23-2018 11:42 PM



It never hurts to make full sized templates of your parts out of parcel wrapping paper. Then you can trace them all out onto your plywood to make sure they fit. Just make sure to account for your blade kerf.

- theart

Forgetting to account for my blade thickness was an issue on cutting the back for my dvd rack I am working on. I felt like such a novice, lol. It worked out alright in the end.

-- “How you feeling, Roy?”... “a little unappreciated, Al...” - Die Hard

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