Just for Fun... #33: Too much Enthusiasm=More Work!!

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Blog entry by littlecope posted 09-30-2010 10:35 AM 1319 reads 0 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 32: Lots, and very little... Part 33 of Just for Fun... series Part 34: Time to make it shiny... »

Simple, Quick, Easy… It seems like I always start projects with these notions! In the event, however, they never turn out that way…
It has been a while, almost two weeks, but the project is still the same, a small table for computer viewing/breakfast in bed. When we last visited this affair it was in this state…Upright
I took apart the top once again, and ran all the pieces over the jointer to clean them up…After cleaning up with the jointer
This was a huge mistake, a real bonehead move, and the worst part is I knew it but went ahead and did it anyway! With all of the joints for the construction already cut, it was no time to start re-sizing the Wood…
Eternal optimist as I am, I continued, with a brave face, to shape the pieces…First long rail finished...Piece Work...
A day (or two) of reckoning was in my future, but I forged ahead through my discouragement, painting the top panel and finally pinning the top of the table together…Painting panel- first coat
Somewhere in there, I also made a trip to the local hardware to pick up some nuts and washers, a can of semi-gloss poly, and a brush. The total cost for this project reached a staggering $11 and some change…The hardware and finish for this small table...
Anyway, after waiting for paint to dry and working a six day week at the day job, I finally bucked it up and paid the price for my enthusiasm with the jointer… The re-sizing had left huge gaps (about 3/16”) in the cross support, through-mortises and resulted in the finger joints in the corners to be over-extended by an equal amount. I filled all the gaps, then rasped and filed the corners into shape… The Prayer Desk that I made several years ago answered my prayers, by being an excellent way to clamp the top down for this work… Collectively, it took about four hours…Clamping for corner workClamping for rasp and file workClamped to Prayer Desk for Shaping
The corners went from looking like this…Corner before work...
To looking like this…After work
So at last, after much trepidation, the top was finally achieved!!Finally!! Top achieved...
With that done, I can once again turn my attention back to the legs of this table… but that’s a story for another day… :)

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#1 posted 09-30-2010 12:22 PM

Good recovery, Mike. What with the job and the girlfriend there can’t be much spare time left!

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#2 posted 09-30-2010 12:29 PM

That final picture of the top belies any mistakes!!!
It looks like you planned it that way!
Just a little design adjustment…;-)

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#3 posted 09-30-2010 12:34 PM

Looks great Mike. No problems…

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#4 posted 09-30-2010 01:04 PM

Thanks, my Friends…
It’s puzzling to me that as “Bang my head against the wall” stupid as this was, it’s still my absolutely favorite way to relax…
I’m lucky to get 4-5 hours a week nowadays to do it, but it’s vital for me to do… to maintain an even keel…
I actually got it up on its legs yesterday, but thought I covered enough ground for this blog… The End is in sight, and with any luck, I could be ready to start applying finish by the weekend…The Underside...

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#5 posted 09-30-2010 02:43 PM

can’t rush a good thing
but you can fix one

and it seems you did a great job on this one

soon you will be to lazy
to do anything
but eat in bed
and watch cartoons

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#6 posted 09-30-2010 02:43 PM

Auggghhh, that was a story.
Yes, and nothing else to do – up on the horse and bite the tounge, get the mistakes fixed and move on.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#7 posted 09-30-2010 02:58 PM

Great job Mike. Keep it up!

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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#8 posted 09-30-2010 02:59 PM

It seems to be coming along nicely.

It looks like it won’t be long until it’s finished.

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

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#9 posted 09-30-2010 03:11 PM

Comming along nicely, nice and curvey.

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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#10 posted 09-30-2010 06:45 PM

Bonehead move , I knew it but went ahead and did it anyway. .... Boy does that ever sound familiar

-- Paul , Calfornia

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#11 posted 09-30-2010 07:40 PM

this is a wonderful table mike..i love how you do the hand cutting detail…very nice touch,,,one of these times im going to give it a whirl..but your also working from what you learned from your dad..who was by all ive seen a real craftsman….grizz

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#12 posted 10-01-2010 01:44 AM

great saved Mike

take care

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#13 posted 10-01-2010 01:56 AM

Looks great to me mike

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#14 posted 10-01-2010 09:53 AM

I thought you were supposed to joint square, flat parts then shape? :-)

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#15 posted 10-01-2010 11:38 AM

Bonehead move , I knew it but went ahead and did it anyway. ....

Make that the four horsemen of the apocolypse. I’ve been there too. The sinking feeling when you do it and the relief when you recover the situation, like you’ve done Mike.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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