Mistake and then I liked it so I had to do another.

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Project by janice posted 03-03-2013 04:18 AM 2627 views 3 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I hope you guessed these are going to the river. I made a sink base and toilet topper with the same look. The River Things was a door on my bathroom vanity that I built for the cabin and it was sticking alittle so when I tried to fix it I screwed it up. I should have none better, I couldnt see throwing it away so I turned it into this. I carved out the letters with my dremel tool which was real easy to do and I forgot that thing can do that. I had fun using it. I will probably hang this in my old part of the cabin, new entrance way, behind the door, for rain coats or fish nets or whatever. I liked how it turned out so I made the other one with scrap wood I had. I can’t wait to get back out there so we can finish the walls and get this room done. This is the last room we have to finish. Thanks for looking.

-- Janice

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#1 posted 03-03-2013 04:32 AM

these don’t look like mistakes to me janice

they both look like projects
who’s time and place
have finally come

and just perfect for the cabin i bet

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#2 posted 03-03-2013 04:41 AM


A lot of great ideas come from what we think are mistakes. You’ve made good use of your “mistakes.” They’ll look great in the cabin.


-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#3 posted 03-03-2013 04:50 AM

I really like the rustic tone your piece sets off…and in a River invironment…it will definitely fit perfectly!
Your guests will really get the “Feel” of river life with your talented skills with your new builds. For me…it’s a perfect 10! Keep makin’ sawdust!
I’m about finished with another Hepplewhite table (an 18th century piece) 4th one! Now time to move on to a new adventure and challenge myself to something more sophisticated….so I’m building a 18th century desk, with lots of details, small compartments, and turned legs….(although because I do not own a wood lathe….I might use tapered ones; not sure yet)
I’ll keep you abreast of where I am.
Good luck on your work. and your family must love your additions!


-- Paul, Bristol,Rhode Island

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#4 posted 03-03-2013 05:23 AM

Thanks guys and L/W. But Paul, you need to post your pictures on here. I’m sure everyone would love to see!

-- Janice

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#5 posted 03-03-2013 05:41 AM

Looks pretty good for a mistake ;-))

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#6 posted 03-03-2013 06:18 AM

Turned out great.

-- Custom furniture

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#7 posted 03-03-2013 06:40 AM

They look great janice, I don’t see any mistakes here at all! Love the lettering also! Nice work!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#8 posted 03-03-2013 09:56 AM

Unintended design changes are all part of what we do. Failure to do something with them is often our mistake.

You should do a blog walk through of your cabin when you’re done.

Keep on building.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#9 posted 03-03-2013 11:24 AM

If I made mistakes like that Janice, I could call myself a real woodworker. Wonderful work on these for the basic design, the lettering and the authentic looking finish. They should look great in your river cabin.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#10 posted 03-03-2013 12:54 PM

Very nice! I like the rustic and retro look.

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#11 posted 03-03-2013 01:13 PM

Very good looking and original idea.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#12 posted 03-03-2013 01:34 PM

I love these, Janice. You’ve gotten the old distressed look exactly right. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#13 posted 03-03-2013 01:59 PM

Those look great, Janice. I can’t believe you just carved out those letters with a Dremel tool.

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

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#14 posted 03-03-2013 02:39 PM

Thanks everyone for the nice comments. Charlie, I made alot of the marks with a bit that I couldnt control real easy, then I looked at the directions and there is a carving tool. I’ve used it once before years ago so I tried it again and it works great! Lots of control with that bit. The only thing is I can’t control the depth but I think it turned out pretty neat. I’m going to have to start using that thing more often.

-- Janice

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#15 posted 03-03-2013 03:02 PM

There are no mistakes just the wood telling you what it wants to be. Just listen to the wood and it will guide you.

Great job on both projects.

-- Dewayne in Bainbridge, Ga. - - No one can make you mad. Only you decide when you get mad - -

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