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Well, here it is, the long awaited first project. A simple panty/storage area. I had problems with not having enough wood, then I got the wrong size screws, and I haven’t told yall about when I started assembly.

Wellllllll…...I finnaly got the wood I needed (or so I thought), the screws I needed, and began assembly. I put together the shelfs, and attached them to the legs. WELL, a moment of clarity hit me and I figured that I had better see if I can get this monster into the hole before I get to far into it and low and behold, it didn’t fit. SOOOOOOO, now I had to disassemble the thing and then put it into the hole and assemble it there. I went to find the level so I could make sure it was level, and guess what, it was nowhere to be found. So I eye-balled it and got it done. All three shelfs frames installed and the wife (pink handcuff girl) got home from work and reminded of where I left it, in our bedroom while hanging pictures….my bad. I went and checked the level of the shelf and it was dead on from my eye-balling…..OH I’M GOOD…yea right, luck is more like it.

A few days later, I got the plywood out of the shed and started to cut to fit when I realized that I only had enough plywood for 2 full shelfs…..hmmmmmm. I laid the lower shelf in and realized that I had measured for 3/4in plywood and I had 1/2in….so now I have an uneven base…grrrrr. My wife thinks its great but I am disappointed, I made way to many mistakes….lack of planning, not checking tools, not checking materials…..oh well.


-- Adrian ..... The 11th Commandment...."Thou Shalt Not Buy A Wobble Dado"

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#1 posted 2530 days ago

A simple panty/storage area. I had problems with not having enough wood, then I got the wrong size screws,

I’m sure once it’s loaded up with panties, the wood and the screws will take care of themselves… ;)

Congratulations on your first project! Mistakes? They’re only disappointing if you make them more than once, and don’t take the lessons that they offer. As time goes on, the mistakes will be fewer and farther between… at least that’s what I keep telling my novice self. :)

-- OW! that was my THUMB! MyOldHouse in London ON

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#2 posted 2530 days ago

A good start. Now every time you walk by those shelves you will be reminded of how much fun you had making them.

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#3 posted 2530 days ago

ha .. I missed the typo.. too funny.

Learning Opportunities: no kicking yourself unless you do it more than 3 times after learning the first time! ha :)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#4 posted 2530 days ago

Congrats, the shelf looks great. Cross one off that honey do list.

-- Andy Stark

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#5 posted 2530 days ago

Vee live und Vee learn. Ya got it done!!!

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#6 posted 2530 days ago

I’m sure everybody here could write a book about the times we’ve gotten deep into a project and suddenly had one of those “uh-oh” moments.

Like Debbie said….they’re not mistakes, they’re learning opportunities!

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

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#7 posted 2530 days ago

You need to stay away from Home depot now, cus that’s how it all starts. Next thing you know your basment will be full of cool tools. That shelf is a one of a kind work of art. Now that you have joined us on this sight you have to attack another project and keep us posted.

-- Billp

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#8 posted 2529 days ago

There’s nothing like scoring points with the “Cuffer” to keep you on her good side. I’ve learned over the years that unless you tell others about the errors most people will never know, unless they can be found in every project. Good job.

-- Ron, Twain Harte, Ca. Portable on site Sawmill Service

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#9 posted 2529 days ago

nice shelf. I havent built a project that I didnt make a mistake on. Im just lucky i havent repeated MOST of those mistakes.

-- bryano

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#10 posted 2529 days ago

Did you ask Greg for help. I mean was it his instructions that caused the problems.

Great semi completion.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware †

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#11 posted 2529 days ago

Good project. One interesting thing about this is that I’ve learned the term “pink handcuff girl”.

-- Matt - Syracuse, NY

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#12 posted 2529 days ago

“pink handcuff girl” on my :)

learning from my mistakes is a favorite past time. The shelf looks great, are you going to leave it natural or paint it to match the trim and doors?

-- "so much to learn and so little time"..

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#13 posted 2528 days ago

This wasn’t what I thought it was going to be. Nice project.

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#14 posted 2528 days ago

LOL I have been there myself . . . many times.

-- BLOG -

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#15 posted 2526 days ago

Just for the record…no he did not call for advice or instructions. If he had, I would have made it much more complicated than that. It would have given me a great excuse to make the drive back home (I’m sure he would have needed help.) Given his limited experience, I think he did a pretty good job for someone whose prior experience with wood is that it is normally on fire before he gets there. I need to get him to expand his joint making catalog; of course you have to start somewhere. I am fairly confident that if happens to fall down….he will see the practical application of those “pink handcuffs”

-- Greg - Charles Town, WV

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