Futon for Thought II

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Project by Huckleberry posted 02-07-2008 04:05 AM 2019 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

OK made some changes and some goofs, but moving right along and going good. I pulled out the plugs and screws and did my routing. The original plans called for 3/4” oak and as you can tell I beefed that up quite a bit. There was a big difference in the dimensions for the arm length. But measure once cut thrice. And since I like to tell on myself anywhere you see walnut (except for the plugs) that’s where my mistakes were made. But with the arms I had rough cut them and so I was stuck with a length that was about 1/2” too short. So I added two strips of walnut at a 45° angle and used one of the best clamps that I have ever found. That’s right blue painters tape. So as I started to line up the parts for assembly I discovered one small problem. I made two left side arms and you guessed it no right side. So right now I am just a little upset and this is one mistake that I should have caught, so either I make two futons now or try and fix my mistake.

Really bummed, Huck

-- I cut it twice and the damn thing is still too short!@#$%

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#1 posted 02-07-2008 04:12 AM

Mistakes are a part of woodworking. How you handle fixing them can make you a better woodworker.

Adapt and overcome. Make the mistake a design feature if it doesn’t work otherwise.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#2 posted 02-07-2008 04:12 AM

Hi Huck,

I have often said that we learn more from our mistakes than our successes. Norm is the only woodworker I have seen that “gets it right on the first try”. (That is because he has the benefit of outtakes). Your project looks like it is coming together. Keep working at it.

Since you already have a left side I vote for another one.

Thanks for sharing.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#3 posted 02-07-2008 04:15 AM

Scott – I have seen Norm screwup before.

He broke a board he was trying to bend using kerf cuts in the back. I think he let it go to show that things happen to the best of us.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#4 posted 02-07-2008 08:00 AM

I wonder how many artistic pieces of furniture were really Boo-Boos that turned out to be masterpieces.

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#5 posted 02-07-2008 11:54 AM

It is the recovery that counts. We see quite a few “nice recoveries” here.

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#6 posted 02-07-2008 05:23 PM

I have found that you learn most from the mistakes that you make. Though i sometimes wish that I did not learn so frequently. Hang in there.

-- Hope Never fails

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#7 posted 02-07-2008 10:17 PM

I have read that, thats what makes the difference between a so so carpenter and a great carpenter, is learning how to fix your mistakes, so they are not noticed. mike

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

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#8 posted 02-08-2008 12:51 AM

Only short one end Huck. How many times have we done that. Good patch up job. Just a part of life as the other Jocks say.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#9 posted 05-11-2008 06:41 PM

Scott The main thing is to remember. Always blame mistakes on the kids or the shop or the weather or mother in law bothering you …. I know my shop being very small and not having a proper layout table lends itself to making that exact kind of mistake of making two left sided parts and not a right and left ..(I blame it on my shop )..I am in the process of making a quilt rack now …and stupidly ran out of wood (alder) in the middle of the project ..and then bought a piece 1 in thick to be used for a long leg 38 in and curved on one side …....which of course was 1/4 in too thick …and did not even notice it till first put-together ….oh yes ..and i do not have a planer …a new piece at 3/4 in they wanted 40 dollars for ….so if the cat hadnt been bothering me that day …I know i woulda bought the right width of alder ….You just cant get good help these days ….

thanks for your honesty and every one has been there ..tho that is no consolation for you .is it …lol laff it off and know that you get another trip to the wood store …erghhhh hey its just wood ! but we love it …

-- Mike in Bonney Lake " If you are real real real good your whole life, You 'll be buried in a curly maple coffin when you die."

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