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 cut line, it assures accuracy. I also learned how important it is to clamp the piece. I had one kick back at me and smacked my wrist. Ouch!
I completed a project of building a new door for my storage shed. The old one rotted and wasn’t worth a repair job. I used treated 2×4s with a cross brace. (Same design as the old door only built better) I learned several things, measure, remeasure and then one more time. I also learned that every cut, except the brace, better be 90 degrees, not 87 when your trusting a laser guide and the notches. :( I also learned to cut on the waste side of the line. It seems to be easier to trim a cut than try to stretch the wood after you cut too much. ;)
All in all, I learned a lot and had fun doing it. The best part about starting out with woodworking is that my energy has jumped and my stress level has dropped. Thank you to all of my new Lumber Jock friends for your help and encouragement.
-- I thank God for everything, especially all of you!