Slant front desk #2: Disaster

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Blog entry by Don Newton posted 07-10-2008 04:47 AM 1839 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Feet and carcase Part 2 of Slant front desk series Part 3: Slant front desk #3 - Writing surface/drawers »

Well you know what they say about the best laid plans of mice and men…... Plan your work, work your plan. I was admiring the progress on the desk and thinking about starting on the lid when I noticed the error. It appears that the side didn’t project above the writing surface the way it was supposed to. This is necessary for the whole lid hinging thing.

I screwed up! AGHHHHH!!! What to do? Trash it? Take an axe to it? But, then again, maybe if I can think clearly there must be an obvious solution. Relaying out the drawer dividers wasn’t an option due to them being dovetailed into the sides. I realized I could correct the situation by cutting 1” off the entire front of the chest. So out came the circular saw (Skill), planes, rip saw and a partridge in a pear tree. After 4 hours of sawing, planing and sanding I was back to where I left off.
I did have to reinforce the spreaders since I cut 1” off of them they got kinda flimsy. Now to reinstall the feet and get started on the drawers.

-- Don, Pittsburgh

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#1 posted 07-10-2008 04:51 AM

Well… time stallers sometimes are a necessary evil when we make mistakes…. It still looks good!

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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#2 posted 07-10-2008 05:18 AM

Ouch!! I hate when I do things like that. I agree with Steve, everything still looks good. Good luck on the rest of the project.

-- Steve-o

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#3 posted 07-10-2008 06:48 AM

Been there, done that, bought the T-shirt!!

Nice save.


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

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#4 posted 07-10-2008 07:34 AM

you can always modify the plan to retro-fit what you’ve got so far… and take it from there…

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#5 posted 07-10-2008 04:20 PM

Don that must have been scary! Some day we should do a survey to see how many are true design/build woodies vs the build/design folks. I’m in the latter group as things go sideways and adjustments have to be made to avoid the burn pile. Nice recovery.

-- Phil in British Columbia

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#6 posted 07-10-2008 05:22 PM

A good woodworker can cover his mistakes. Good luck.

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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#7 posted 08-13-2008 02:02 AM

I am glad you back on track!

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