Woodworking blog entries tagged with 'mistakes'

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Woodworking, Carpentery, Remodeling, et all...Lessons learned... How not to... #1: Humbling lessons, Mistakes made...

11-18-2007 03:23 PM by Dusty | 59 comments »

Fellow Lumberjocks, I figured I have made about every mistake and several blunders that are possible when it comes to woodworking, remodeling and while practicing other various crafts. I have pulled off just about ever bone headed mistake any one human being could possibly make. While writing my current blog series “This Old Mold House” I began thinking that it might be helpful to share some of my experiences in order that others may learn from them and perhaps benefi...

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And So It Begins... #3: ...Getting over the Fear!!

08-25-2009 03:21 AM by ChrisN | 4 comments »

As I think back, every time I bought a new tool it was in the hope that this tool would be the one that would make sure that every cut, or hole, or edge, or…whatever, would be perfect. I wouldn’t have to worry about ruining a perfectly good piece of wood. Every project I had pictured in my mind would be easily translated through my hands and my new tool into a work of art. Yet everytime I opened the box, and set up the new tool, I found myself making the same timid steps forwar...

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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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Extremely Average #13: Dumb Mistake

01-15-2010 05:11 AM by Ecocandle | 17 comments »

It just makes me so darn angry. The life I have led has been one of logic. I am the son of a mathematician and much of my adult working years have been spent as an analyst. When I make a dumb mistake it grates on my nerves worse than finger nails on a chalk board. Now I don’t have delusions that I am going to progress in woodworking mistake free. Quite the contrary, I see my mistakes as an opportunity to learn. I have learned a lot. The angst I am feeling come from not only makin...

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Learning from Mistakes - Advice from a 9 year old.

09-27-2007 07:56 AM by mot | 17 comments »

I’ve been fiddling in the shop lately. Mostly with multimedia. I’ll be blogging my setup for my shop cam and computer work station, but last night I decided to make a small box. I’ve been amazed at the work that our resident small box experts make. Of course, Don, but including (but not limited to) Terdy , Andy , BigMP , YorkshireStewart , Paul , TonyWard , Dorje and everyone else who has tagged their projects with Box . I’ve been wanting to do some concealed w...

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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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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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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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learn from my mistakes #1: newspaper rack

02-20-2009 01:49 AM by moshel | 1 comment »

Hi all, This is the first of (I hope short) series of blog entries that follows projects and the mistakes I made while doing them. remember that i am an amateur. I am sure an experienced professional would finish this project perfectly in a few hours…. I would appreciate any feedback. first, here is the final result: now, this is the original design: The most critical mistakes were done at this stage – the design. i’ll go over them briefly:1. the design calls ...

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