It’s starting to look like woodworking is going to be a lot like golf for me: I have a fantastic recovery game, but only because I can’t keep it in the fairway.
My constant issue #1: trying to do something quickly. I had a brief window last night after my chores were done, bills paid, kids fed, etc. to make a little progress. So, I wanted to finish up the rough work on what will be an outer leg or support. It’s on the bottom left in the first picture. See those three slots? the shelves like the one to the right of it will interlock there. I used a Forstner bit to drill a hole at each end, and then cut the slots with a jig saw. I wanted to try my new at Christmas Narex chisels to clean them up. All was well—and quick too – until I got to the last one. Aparrently I hadn’t chopped the back enough before I came through from the front, and ended up with about a 1×2 section where one ply tore out. If I’d just done it on a sacrificial surface, that wouldn’t have happened. But no. Not me. I’m the jackass actually using chisels to whack holes through plywood while using the sheet goods for the project as as table. Tell me that’s not a recipe for disaster.
See the top of the right-most slot there. I’m an idiot. Why oh WHY do I allow myself to get in a hurry? I know what happens! Not that I can’t just glue it right back down with a little help from my friend Mr. Titebond III, but come on. I know better. time to glue things up and shut down for the day. Luckily, the shelves are coming along nicely.
I’ve got to remember that woodwork for me, is like sailing. It’s not really about the destination/final product so much as it is spending time doing something I enjoy. So…spend the time! (kicking self…kicking self…)
—and to all you folks around here that post your average or even slighly um…crappy final projects despite the need to appear an immortal God of flawless dovetail joints: Thank you. I enjoy not being frustrated thanks to the reminders that I’m human and so are may of you!
-- _Never argue with an idiot. They'll just drag you down to their level and beat you with experience_