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Blog entry by Shawn posted 01-15-2007 02:02 AM 804 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well yesterday, as you can see, I finally got back into my shop. I acomplished alot, and the TV stand I’ve been working on should be ready to go into my new condo February 1 when my wife and I move in. The old adage “wood working isn’t about being perfect, it’s about how well you hide your mistakes” was proving very true. For some reason, my router table decided that it should move the bit higher a few cuts in, thus ‘ruining a couple pieces. So my cabinates are now made of a nice dado, butt combo, 3 dado’s 1 butt. When I post pics I challange anyone to find it =P Today after church my wife and I went and picked up some more wood I needed to finish off the project, so now, I just need a little more time to get to final assembly, and finishing. I look forward to posting the pics…couldn’t sell my wife on a lathe today, even with the promise of hand turned bowels and pretty table legs…

-- Cheers

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#1 posted 01-15-2007 02:32 AM

Hi Shawn;
As I told Don this morning, the Shakers used to always make a flaw into their furniture just to show that God was the only one who did ‘perfect work’. He said that made him feel like he had a more authentic piece of Shaker furniture now, how about you?

My suggestion is, never admit to the mistake and just call it ’character’! My experience is that folks like to buy character and it also sells for more.


-- --frank, NH,

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#2 posted 01-15-2007 03:29 AM

I’d heard the same thing about the Shakers (and have repeated it often) sometimes I’m relieved when I do mess something up – refocuses my attention, can (hopefully) always make that the sole “deliberate” error.

Plus we wouldn’t learn much otherwise. :)

The adage about “things happening in three’s” thankfully seems to reveal itself elsewhere.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#3 posted 01-15-2007 05:17 AM

Many years ago I worked for a truly great and compassionate man. His name was Harry Fox. Harry was a holocust survivor, tattoo number and all. He had been a cabinet maker and now he and I were doing custom installations of kitchens, window units and things of that nature. Being a very young man at the time, I would get really angry at myself when I would make a mistake. One day Harry said, Dennis “it’s only a mistake if you can’t fix it.” Then he showed me how to fix that particular mistake. That is only one example of what a truly great and compassionate man Harry was and I carry his influence on me and my work proudly.

-- Dennis, Tennessee

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#4 posted 01-15-2007 07:32 AM

Well if Shaker Furniture is always flawed, I guess all of my stuff falls into the category of “Shaker”

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#5 posted 01-15-2007 08:58 AM

To err is human – to forgive divine. I think that applies to forgiving one’s self.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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