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Project by CharlieM1958 posted 2568 days ago 1478 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The best laid plans…....

I originally planned this as a flat board with an inlay band around the perimeter. I routed the shallow channel for the inlay, glued it in place, and everything fit beautifully. Then, during final sanding, I sanded all the way through the inlay in one spot. AAARRGGHH!!!!! The best lemonade I could make out of this lemon was to rout a decorative channel where the inlay was, and slap a frame around the whole thing to give it a 3-d motif. The woods are red oak and walnut, by the way.

Oh well….live and learn. :-)

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

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#1 posted 2568 days ago

Nice “recovery” as they say in gymnastics. Sounds like something I’d do (sand through the inlay…”).

Oh well, it still turned out beautiful, and if you hadn’t told us of your mishap, we never would have known.

I wonder if anybody else ever had a similar mishap when they were building something… ;^D

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#2 posted 2568 days ago

Thanks, Tom. I don’t know about anyone else, but I have a lot of these “mishaps”. Just go to my project page and check out the “table from hell” story in case you missed it. :-)

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

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#3 posted 2568 days ago

Charlie, I really believe we all have these “mishaps,” some though are not as candid to admit it.

I did read your “table from hell” story. I loved it! That’s part of the fun of being a woodjock – nobody said we don’t make mistakes doing this stuff. But, we learn from it, and we become “innovators” by learning to “recover” from our mistakes.

I’ll be the first one to testify on this site that ”I have never made a perfect project.” Everything I make is flawed in some way. I say that as one who is an admitted “recovering” perfectionist! If you become obsessed with perfectionism, you will become a miserable woodworker, or you won’t make very many projects. Or, you’ll become delusional because nobody makes perfect projects (even if they think they do).

I work in the telecommunications industry where we say, “If you’re not making any mistakes, you’re not doing anything.”

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#4 posted 2568 days ago

Tom, good, no great philosophy!

Charlie, just think of it as you sub-conscious deciding your original design needed help; you have to rationalize these things. Oh, BTW, I am an expert at rationalization!

-- Dan in Central Oklahoma, Able to turn good wood into saw dust in the blink of an eye!

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#5 posted 2567 days ago

Charlie that is a nice board and a clever recovery – it looks great. I have finally figured out how to create the perfect project – no flaws. My secret – I design a little error in each project, so I’m never disappointed when I’m finished and I see the flaw :-))

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#6 posted 2567 days ago

Ha! With my luck, Bill, I’d plan an error and the darn thing would come out perfect. Hmmm…come to think of it, maybe that’s a good strategy!

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

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#7 posted 2567 days ago

I wish my projects looked like your mishaps nice work.

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#8 posted 2566 days ago

Making lemonade out of lemons ain’t such a bad drink. And to have a beautiful table out of it too, well you just can’t say you screwed up Charlie..sorry to give you the bad news. Jockmike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#9 posted 2405 days ago

I Love This Board!

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