Over-engineer lately?

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Blog entry by JSB posted 12-01-2012 04:22 AM 1242 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A lot of my recent projects are items I have never tackled yet. Some custom and others simple and traditional. My current customer is wanting two 10’ picnic tables. A picnic table is something that instantly comes to mind when I think of a DIY woodworker but yet I have never built one. All the plans I found were for 6 or 8 foot tables so I designed my own. I have a tendancy to over engineer projects on the first go around. I have a “fear” of something giving way or breaking from normal use that makes me cringe. Its my name out there and I dont want it to be associated with anything flawed. These tables ended up with screws, pocket hole screws, carriage bolts, and glue. The best thing you can do with any project is to learn from it. Some out of necessity and some for looks. When assembled there will be no screw heads showing on the seats or top. Everything is secured from below. The good thing is these tables will last a long, long time. They are disasembled here but ready to go. Will post pics assembled.

Link to finished project:

-- Jay -

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#1 posted 12-01-2012 04:58 AM

Looks like a great start.

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#2 posted 12-01-2012 05:09 AM

I try to over build everything. Both for safety and to give your customers better quality.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#3 posted 12-01-2012 07:41 AM

I’m over-engineering something right now.

-- Kyle

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#4 posted 12-01-2012 12:40 PM

Projects like that you have to go overboard. Worked for the Romans.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#5 posted 12-01-2012 07:57 PM

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