Thorsen Side Table Contest #5: UGH! Haste makes ugly marks on the top of my contest entry.

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Blog entry by JonH posted 05-31-2007 09:06 PM 1654 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 4: The 11th hour is at hand! Part 5 of Thorsen Side Table Contest series Part 6: Not up to standards, but finished none the less! »

I trusted that the bit for my pocket hole jig was correctly set. I was wrong. When I attached the top to the sides and legs, here is the result. I like the way the table looks, but the holes on top are enough to make me pull out my dwindling hairs. As a result, I had to resort to nailing the top to the legs in order to finish the contest and take my little angel to the doctor.
UGH! The smaller holes are from the brad nailer.

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#1 posted 06-01-2007 12:34 AM

Well you can never to too sure of where your fastenings are going.

I had some telephone installers working for me and they were installing a phone line. They used a long drill bit and when they pulled it out, it had something yellow in the drill bit. They tasted it, It was butter.

They drilled through the wall, through the refrigerator and into the butter dish.

Maybe time for some decorative pegs in the table top.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia †

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#2 posted 06-01-2007 12:57 AM

Ooops. Been there. Karson…nice!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#3 posted 06-01-2007 01:02 AM

OOH! the Pain
Try adding some contrasting plugs like Karson suggested. The holes look properly line up for design.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#4 posted 06-01-2007 02:28 AM

sorry Dick – I’ve been there to & share your pain. The first table I ever built had a Black Walnut top that I screwed down tight all around the aprons, not allowing for any movement – when the humidity changed in my home later that year – ugh!...lets just say I could have made compound bows out of the thing…it happens to us all…

-- The Gnarly Wood Shoppe

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#5 posted 06-01-2007 04:54 PM

I would have cried—and yes I know there are no tears allowed in the shop. I would have dragged the table up to the woodpile and cried there! lol

butter.. oh my.. that would be a “do I laugh or cry” moment.

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

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