Woodworking blog entries tagged with 'mistakes'

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Claro Walnut Box #2: Fixin' Fowl-ups/Chick-ups? Progress on ClaroWalnut-Box

12-07-2016 09:53 PM by HorizontalMike | 11 comments »

Wow, great suggestions from #1 Blog! Thanks! Finally made the angled cut in question, and did a number of fixes to glue-ups, AND “other” Before I go further, I think I should share my F-UP that coulda’ killed me… Yup… Got lucky… This happened BEFORE I did the finger joints for my Claro-box. Thought I may have killed myself, honestly, so much that I immediately went inside to see if my better-half saw a penetrating wound. It was such a shock tha...

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Ever had one of those days? (A bit off-topic)

07-30-2016 11:24 PM by bobkberg | 5 comments »

‘Nuff said!

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Shop Notes #2: Shop Notes #2 Screwed Up Again!

01-12-2014 01:19 AM by DocSavage45 | 19 comments »

No deep thoughts while out in the shop today. Just cleaning up about a pint of paint that was spread across my floor. It’s porous old concrete so it took me about 2 and a half hrs. I am going back into private practice. No money, just my energy. I have a sign that was left by the previous tenant. My wife graciously cut stencils with her new cutting machine. Last night I searched for paint while feeding my pride of cats in the shop. been about 8 months since I painted. found a can ...

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Woodworking For Therapy #5: Learning By Mistakes

12-26-2013 03:06 AM by Steve Kreins | 7 comments »

This past week I learned a great deal from my mistakes. I’m glad I have a good scrap pile. Some of the things I learned were, while making practice cuts, with my new compound miter saw. First the laser guide is handy, but not accurate. I tried to find an adjustment but there isn’t one. It’s slightly off by different amounts depending on the angle of the cut. I learned that if I eye ball with the tip of the blade, with the saw not running, both at the front and rear of the...

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12-16-2013 02:04 AM by Steve Kreins | 4 comments »

Just this weekend I learned several new things about woodworking. It’s been a blessing for this old dog to learn new tricks. I don’t have anyone here to give me hands on lessons, so I’m counting on my new friends here at LJ. I bet you would like to know what I learned. Glad you asked, now laugh if you want, because I like making people smile. #1 I learned that my circular saw doesn’t make 90 degree cuts, because it was off by about 10 degrees. I figured that of I...

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Another Spice Chest Build #1: Past Mistakes

10-29-2012 10:55 AM by JustJoe | 2 comments »

I’m going to make another spice chest. I don’t really like to duplicate projects – there are already too many things I want to make and not enough time to make them all – but this one has been nagging me for the last 6 years (since I built the new workshop) so it’s time to revisit it. Many years ago I made a fancy spice chest for my mom. Instead of the traditional walnut I used cherry because that’s the only wood I could find at the time. I was very new ...

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Mjolnir (part 3), or, A lesson in sticking with the plan

10-26-2012 12:19 PM by RaggedKerf | 2 comments »

For all the evidence—-I mean pictures——please click here. As the title says, things didn’t go exactly as planned with the hammer the past couple days. I tried my best but it just didn’t work out as I imagined. Here’s what happened. Best pull up a chair and get some popcorn. It started after the handle was finally cut free from the excess wood. I decided to put all the pieces together and see if I like the general shape and weight of the mallet. H...

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Cutting Boards #4: Final Glue-Up and Flattening

03-30-2012 02:18 PM by MolokMot | 2 comments »

After the last glue-up, and flattening the panel, I cross cut the panel in strips 1.25” wide. Taking those strips I turned them so the end grain was showing and flipped every other one end for end to create the checkerboard pattern. I am sure we have all seen Marc Spag's (aka: TheWoodWhisperer) video. (7 – How to Make a Butcher Block End Grain Cutting Board) I am sure Marc loves all of the extra attention on the subject of cutting boards. Glue up was somewhat frustrating because I...

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Remodel Folly- Observe and Report

05-16-2011 04:01 PM by Ryan Bruzan | 16 comments »

Okay, okay, I know this is not a woodworking project, but I had to share this. I am certain we have all had our fair share of construction and remodeling follies, but for me, this one takes the cake. I went to look at a project site a while ago and found this photo in my files that I took at this home where I built a massive entertainment bookcase (see, it is woodworking related). Study the photo, observe and report. If you have some remodel or construction follies photos of your own...

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Big Screw Ups

04-30-2011 02:28 PM by miles125 | 16 comments »

We’ve all done it. Seen or ourselves commited really bad screw ups in the course of our woodworking. I’ll start by admitting i once knocked over a gallon of contact cement on a customers linoleum kitchen floor. And you don’t want to know what contact cement does to linoleum. Lets just say “it was wavy”. Lol. I also watched a carpenter drilling a threshold in a door stoop once when the drill slipped. He gets up hollering “I drilled my *$#! I drilled my *$...

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