New Post on the Little Good Pieces Blog - “What I Screwed Up This Week December 6, 2010"

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Blog entry by TheGravedigger posted 12-06-2010 06:16 PM 940 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

There’s a new post available on the Little Good Pieces blog: “What I Screwed Up This Week December 6, 2010”. Why you should pay attention to the end of the board. Check it out!

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#1 posted 12-06-2010 06:53 PM

That’s what I should name my blog…............What I screwed up this week! Cause that’s all I do it seems.

-- Jim, Michigan

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#2 posted 12-06-2010 07:56 PM

Hey, I’ve been woodworking for almost 30 years, and I STILL screw up enough to make a blog column! It’s just part of what we do. The trick is to learn from ‘em.

-- Robert - Visit my woodworking blog:

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#3 posted 12-07-2010 07:14 PM

Although not coming from a woodworker, a quote I like is that there will always be some mistakes, but you can try to make different mistakes at least. While I of course hate messing up something, I always just get really angry at myself if I make the same dumb mistake I did a few minutes ago because I was too distracted or careless to do it right this time around.

As to checking at the end of boards, I always try to cut off a bit more if I see checking to be on the safe side. The footstool I finished recently had some checking on the side of the top board and also some kind of holey growth whatnot. I did cut off the parts with the checks and tried on those cutoffs how weak those areas were and if I could easily break them. Once I was satisfied with the strength, I did use some hide-glue/wooddust mixture to fill the small slit left from that growth and I’m sure it won’t present any issues whatsoever. Don’t want to imagine how the joints would’ve just cracked off if I used the board with checks still in place though.

With wood you can’t ever be a hundred percent sure to not have any surprises left where you don’t see it though I guess.

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