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Woodworking For Therapy #5: Learning By Mistakes

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Blog entry by Steve Kreins posted 239 days ago 706 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 4: LEARNING NEW THINGS DAILY BUILDS STRONG MINDS Part 5 of Woodworking For Therapy series Part 6: The Physical Aspects of Woodworking »

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!



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alohafromberkeley

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#1 posted 239 days ago

Glad you have found something that takes your mind off life’s travails…There is something meditative about woodworking. Maybe any creative endeavor would do the same. For me playing my guitar saved my mind many times when I was younger… I’m glad you can take some time for yourself and have some pride of “doing” and not just “being”. Looking forward to seeing some more of your posts and projects- we’re all pulling for you, Steve.

-- "After a year of doing general farmwork, it was quite clear to me that chickens and I were not compatible"-George Nakashima

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stefang

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#2 posted 239 days ago

Hi Steve. I saw a good miter saw tip on Fine Woodworking.com. You can put a strip of 1-1/2” wide masking tape to cover the blade slot on the miter saw table, then make a cut with your saw. The cut will show you exactly where the blade will cut, then you can just line up your marked workpiece with the cut in the tape. I tried it and it worked perfect.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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Steve Kreins

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#3 posted 239 days ago

Thanks Mike I’ll do that and Aloha thanks for the encouragement.

-- I thank God for everything, especially all of you!

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Steve Kreins

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#4 posted 239 days ago

Since I’m getting so good at cutting a straight line my wife says she wants me to build her this bed. I think maybe I might need a little more practice.

-- I thank God for everything, especially all of you!

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HerbC

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#5 posted 239 days ago

Steve,

All I can say about the bed is “Whoa!”

Keep up the good work.

Be Careful!

Herb

-- Herb, Florida - Here's why I close most messages with "Be Careful!" http://lumberjocks.com/HerbC/blog/17090

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alohafromberkeley

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#6 posted 239 days ago

You won’t have worry about 90 degree angles if you build that…........Wes

-- "After a year of doing general farmwork, it was quite clear to me that chickens and I were not compatible"-George Nakashima

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Steve Kreins

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#7 posted 239 days ago

NO! NO! NO! I DIDN’T BUILD THE BED! My silly wife saw this and asked me if I could build it. I said, ”Sure and I’ll include a teletransporter so Scotty can beam you up to the Mother Ship.”

-- I thank God for everything, especially all of you!

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