Those Crazy Tape Measures

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Project by Timber4fun posted 11-18-2009 11:40 PM 2871 views 5 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This project actually came from a mistake I made on a previous project. I measured the width of the cabinet door and then cut the pieces appropriately. Well, when cutting I forgot to incorporate the width of the side rails of the cabinet door so my doors ended up being too wide. That resulted in making new cabinet doors. I am not sure if this ever happens to anyone else, but it seems to happen to me every so often. In the end, I had two extra cabinet doors I didn’t know what to do with. One of those incorrectly measured doors turned into a new project—this project. It actually turned out well. The original project is finished as well, but I have yet to post any pictures. I will soon. I still have an extra cabinet door to work with to boot. I’ll have to think up another project. Ideas are welcome.

This project is roughly 46 inches tall by 34 inches wide by 12 inches deep. It is made of hard maple. I plan to stain it a dark brown (English Chestnut most likely). Cheers.

-- Tim from Iowa City, IA

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#1 posted 11-18-2009 11:46 PM

Nice project. Never heard of someone building a caninet becasue they had a door. I have a door at home, maybe I should build a new house. LOL

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#2 posted 11-18-2009 11:49 PM

I am sitting here thinking of all the uses your mistake project could be used for—and out of maple no less. Can’t wait to see your correctly built projects. Good work!

-- Rock Chalk Jayhawk Go KU!!

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#3 posted 11-18-2009 11:56 PM

Doesn’t this look like it would function perfectly as a hostess/receptionist stand? Or in a doctor’s examination room? It could even be a lectern or sorts. Just a functional piece.

-- Rock Chalk Jayhawk Go KU!!

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#4 posted 11-19-2009 12:29 AM

Very nice. Way to make use of a mistake!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#5 posted 11-19-2009 12:57 AM

Very nicely done Tim. I’d never have imagined a mistake created that lovely cabinet. You made a very nice recovery there.

There is a pile of odd sized cabinet doors and drawer boxes, all from similar misadventures with the tape measure. I swear that one day I’m going to lay them out on the floor and build me a cabinet face frame into which they’ll all fit! I just can’t bring myself to throwing them out for all the time and cost of materials I put into them.

They have taught me one important lesson, though: Story Sticks! NOT tape measures!

-- Dave; Lansing, Kansas

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#6 posted 11-19-2009 01:35 AM

Nice work, Tim.

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#7 posted 11-19-2009 01:46 AM

Is that what you call that springy thing with all the numbers on it? Better than a stick, I reckon.

-- JoeR Nothing that I could make will ever be perfect but I'll use it anyway.

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#8 posted 11-19-2009 02:51 AM

Who makes mistakez?
I have a whole Vienna Regulator clock cabinet cut out of Myrtle wood and unassembled because I discovered to late that it was to short for the weights to drop for the required 7 days. It has been hanging around the shop for several years and I just can’t throw it out. Your project gives me hope, maybe I should turn it into a “curio” cabinet??

-- Les B, Oregon

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#9 posted 11-19-2009 05:09 AM

its not a mistake until you absolutly can’t fix it, then it’s always still nice kindleing.

-- Live by what you believe, not what they want you to believe.

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#10 posted 11-19-2009 05:11 AM

Wonderful cabinet and great design

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#11 posted 11-19-2009 12:42 PM

I feel your pain. There are times I sit and think and re- think to ensure I don’t make a mistake, only to make a mistake. I suspest we have all been there! I know I have. Nice work!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#12 posted 11-19-2009 08:42 PM

been there done that, see my daughters armour, center molding on door is due to a badly behaved tape measure!

-- Don, Flower Mound, TX

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#13 posted 12-14-2009 01:05 AM

This is absolutely wonderful! I love the design and the size! I have a small place and this would be perfect for my entry table! GREAT Mistake!!!

-- Martina, Houston, TX

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#14 posted 11-29-2010 02:36 AM

That is the way Kernov did it. Make the cabinet to fit the door.

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