Mistakes were made

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Project by newTim posted 07-14-2011 07:48 AM 2604 views 3 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Don’t you love it when politicians say “mistakes were made” as if they just appeared out of the blue. Well not in this case. In this case mistakes were made and I made them. First I messed up the corners. Then I thought I could tape off the top and dye it. No joy. The dye got through the tape and stained the (nice) rosewood. Then I wanted to bevel the sides, but cut to far and exposed some of the edges of the bottom panel. Aaaaaaaaaaaargh! So I cut grooves in the corners and glued in ebony strips. I sanded the black stains from the sides then I cut the bottom off and cut a piece of maple with rabbets to fit into the bottom of the box. I then taped the body of the box and sprayed the top and bottom with flat black paint. Rosewood, ebonized maple, ebony, clear lacquer, renaissance wax. Yup, mistakes were made and I made them, but in the end it came out okay.

-- tim hill

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#1 posted 07-14-2011 07:52 AM

It looks nice Tim.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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David Grimes

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#2 posted 07-14-2011 07:56 AM

You turned mistakes into improvements for the most part. Very nice project.

-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia

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#3 posted 07-14-2011 10:38 AM

Nice job, Love the comments about the politicians to funny. Box looks great niec recovery on this!

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

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#4 posted 07-14-2011 11:52 AM

If I didn’t make mistakes, then I would be in a ‘Far Better Place’

-- Rustfever, Central California

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#5 posted 07-14-2011 12:00 PM

mistakes are just a part of it all. don’t beat yourself up. this box is awesome!

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#6 posted 07-14-2011 12:04 PM

It’s a great lookin’ box. My wife always tells me, “Nobody else would ever notice that!”, and many times I’ve done many things over again because the goof would be all I would notice on a piece. In the eld the old adage runs true though and I’ve learned more from my mistakes than my triumphs.

-- I've decided 1 mistake is really 2 opportunities to learn.. learn how to fix it... and learn how to not repeat it

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#7 posted 07-14-2011 01:35 PM

Mistaker are what make a woodworker shine. When he overcomes the adversity.

Nice looking box.

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

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#8 posted 07-14-2011 01:35 PM

Whose fellow LJ’s signature states “never pass the opportunity to make a mistake look like you had planned it that way”, again?
That applies here, you fixed them very well.

-- Thomas - Pondering the inclusion of woodworking into physics and chemistry classes...

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#9 posted 07-14-2011 01:58 PM

Rally, brother. You did it. It looks really nice. Your secret.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#10 posted 07-14-2011 02:06 PM

I don’t make mistakes! Just provide design opportunities.:-)
You took great advantage of your “opportunities”. The corner treatment and the top are great. As is the box as a whole.
Nice work!

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#11 posted 07-14-2011 02:57 PM

Everyone makes mistakes. You put them right. Thats craftsmanship.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#12 posted 07-14-2011 03:11 PM

Sometimes its the mistakes that enable us to think “outside the box”. Very nice end product.

How were the barrel hinges to install and how are they in use?

-- Best regards, Jack -- I may not be good, but I'm slow --

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#13 posted 07-14-2011 04:25 PM

I like reading about others’ mistakes. It makes me feel like not such an idiot after all. You turned out a beautiful box!


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#14 posted 07-14-2011 04:27 PM

not mistakes. Opportunities. Unlike a politician, great cover up.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#15 posted 07-14-2011 04:58 PM

@Tim: don’t try to become a politician,you are too honest!
Looks like it came out fine,good job.

-- Life is good.

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