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Blog entry by ganders posted 08-18-2008 02:00 AM 1179 reads 0 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

has anyone ever built some too big to get out of the shop? (Or into the location that it was intended to go?)

I have almost done it twice:

1. I was building a hope chest for my soon to be wife. This was one of my first projects. I thought the dimensions in the plans were a bit small so I expanded them a little. I was dry fitting the pieces together when I noticed that the doorway might be a little too slim. (Notice how I blamed the doorway.) With a little effort I was able to squeeze the chest out of the door. Another 1/8 inch and it would have been even funnier.

2. Since I did not learn my lesson, several years latter I build a skin on frame kayak in my basement. I had the frame complete when again I realized that I might not be able to get it out of the shop. I had to remove the stair railing, door and refrigerator but I got it out.

Two close calls.

-- A famous poet once said: “There is a name hidden in the shadow of my soul, the name is wood. Sweet, ever beautiful, earth grown wood. It warms my heart and brings a tear to my eye.”

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#1 posted 08-18-2008 02:10 AM

I do it all the time . Most of the time i build my birdhouses in the house during the winter time . The only way i can get them out is by taking out my 6 ft patio door .

-- John in Belgrave (Website) ,

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#2 posted 08-18-2008 02:11 AM

All right, before someone else posts this for me-


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#3 posted 08-18-2008 02:11 AM

The only reason I have not started the construction of a Kayak….......No way I could get the thing out of the basement shop, and the garage is just to cold….....

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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#4 posted 08-18-2008 04:07 AM

More times than I’d like to cop to. Last time was with the jambs for a sliding glass door with arched transom above. I had to put it together on the floor as there would be no way to connect the legs to the head in place as there was pre-installed masonry blocking nailing access and I didn’t want the nails to show. I thought I had plenty of overhead what with a cathedral ceiling and all, and the room was large enough by a good deal but . . .
the room in which it was built was adjacent to the one in which it was installed. Still no problem, or so I thought but the combination of of 9 1/2 foot jamb length, 12 foot and change overall height, closet placement, and lack of motivated help nearly got the better of me. In the end it all worked out but it points out the occasional demand for an assistant that shares your vision and won’t simply lie down and quit.

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#5 posted 08-18-2008 04:37 AM

I know nothing… nothing!

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#6 posted 08-18-2008 04:50 AM

Not me:

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#7 posted 08-18-2008 10:18 AM

I built two 8 X 16 conference tables for the Bank of North Dakota. They wanted them delivered to the loading dock and they would move them in. When I went to do the bid I wanted to see where they were going to go. They assured me they would go up the inside stair case and it was not necessary to measure. I told them OK, but I was not responsible if they did not fit.

Now for the rest of the story! The tables did not fit in the stair case and they had to hire a moving company to move them in. The building was 6 stories high and the tables were giong on the sixth floor. There was a closed in fire escape on the outside of the building. The grating on each floor was removed, the door on the 6th floor was removed and they pulled the tables up with block and tackle. They put scratches on both tops, broke top mouldings off and ripped a keel board loose from one of the legs. Then I get a call asking me if I can fix them! I said yes, but alot of the work would have to be done on sight. I also told them that it would be time and material, NO Bid. That is the only time I got payed twice for the same tables. I never did find out what they paid for the moving job and who ended up paying my bill.

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#8 posted 08-18-2008 11:57 AM

Not yet :)


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#9 posted 08-18-2008 01:15 PM

on my first adirondack chair, I learned the arms need to be attached after the chair is out of the basement shop.

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#10 posted 08-18-2008 02:09 PM

LOL! What a silly thing to do. Glad it never happened to me. Oh yeah, except for that… and that… :)

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#11 posted 08-18-2008 02:43 PM

((blinking innocently))
of course my Fairy Doors fit!! :D
We won’t talk about zillion other projects that have made us sweat. I’m 5 foot tall and I have to duck my head at the bottom step of our basement stairs.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#12 posted 08-18-2008 06:11 PM

I’m in the middle of building a wall unit that needs to be assembled in the room it will be in.

-- Do or do not, there is no try!

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#13 posted 08-18-2008 06:49 PM

Once, a wardrobe I made for a client. Fortunately it was about 6” narrower than it was high, and I was able to lay it on it’s side, on some blankets, and get it out. Of course we had to do the same thing to get it into his house.

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#14 posted 08-18-2008 07:09 PM

It’s a good thing the catamaran sailboat I built was made so it could come apart.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#15 posted 08-19-2008 06:19 AM

There is an advantage to being a wimp! I have designed several large projects, but because I can never lift parts of them when assembling, I always have to ask my husband for help. When they get big enough to require his help, I can be pretty certain that I need to move them to their final destination before final assembly.

Case in point: I came up with what I thought was a brilliant design for a combination couch and bed on casters. The bed was 3/4 size (48” width) that would slide into storage under a stairway. The couch was built onto the end of the bed to close the opening where the bed stored. It was designed and built for a studio apartment. I realized that I would not be able to move this contraption into the apartment fully assembled and planned to attach the bed to the sofa after moving it. However, the sofa turned out to be too large to move through either entrance so it was completed in the apartment as well. The real plus was that we never had to worry about a tenant stealing the couch/bed when he moved out!

-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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