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Shelf Pin Jig... Murphys law in Action

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Project by BusterB posted 12-11-2013 04:46 AM 1534 views 1 time favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I am currently working on a Christmas present for my mother…its not like I waited to the last minute on purpose. It took a while to gather the required materials to build this thing….lol Anyhow when I designed the project, I decided that adjustable shelves would be a nice touch. Instead of buying the track, I chose 1/4” shelf pins and ordered a shelf pin jig to install them. I checked the order status and it was showing it would arrive next week. Yesterday the build had reached a point where the shelves really needed to go in if I was to stay on schedule with this thing. I decided to just make a throw away jig to drill the holes. Its a 3/4” inch strip of plywood cut to the same width as the rails with the holes one inch centers. It divided up roughly on 11 1/2 inch centers for the shelves so I used this as a baseline and marked it out on the rails. I then made a mark accross the center of my jig and used it to line up with. It worked well but the plywood was begining to wallow a bit by the time I was finished. The Murphys Law part came into play today….you guessed it, the one I ordered showed up. Well if I ever do another project requiring shelf pins, I will have it I guess…lol

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)





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Todd Barrone

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#1 posted 12-11-2013 04:54 AM

LOL yep it sound’s just like my luck. Great job.

-- "The Cedar King" https://www.facebook.com/BarroneContracting

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BusterB

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#2 posted 12-11-2013 05:01 AM

Thanks Todd….too bad you dont live closer or I would hire you to put a finish on this puppy. I am pretty much over it…its haunting my sleep…lol

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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doubleDD

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#3 posted 12-11-2013 05:06 AM

Sounds like my luck too Buster.Good work on the jig. And hey you still have plenty of time before Santa comes.

-- --Dave, Downers Grove, Il. When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams

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Jim Jakosh

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#4 posted 12-11-2013 05:16 AM

That’s the luck of it!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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Monte Pittman

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#5 posted 12-11-2013 06:20 AM

That would almost be expected here. But, as we improvise, we often learn new things as well. So subconsciously youdid yyourself a favor.

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

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#6 posted 12-11-2013 08:32 AM

Works that way around here too Buster! These things we do for our Mom’s!

-- God bless, Candy

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aussiedave

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#7 posted 12-11-2013 11:16 AM

You said it yourself Buster….Murphys Law, just keeps happening through life.

-- Dave.......Keep calm and make more sawdust....

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BusterB

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#8 posted 12-11-2013 01:50 PM

Dave- Thanks buddy. If I didnt have to work that would be true… Those pesky 12 hr shifts tend to get in the way of my projecting…lol

Jim- Par for the course around here…lol

Monte- Thanks sir. My subconcious is still whining about the 30 bucks I spent on that thing. My concious mind is trying to justify it away…if I need it I will have it….lol

Candy- Thanks my friend…ahhh moms, where would we be without em???? This was the first thing she had asked for in the past several years all the while my sister is ranting that she doesnt need it and doesnt have anywhere to put it…so naturally I am building it…lol

Dave- Glad to see LJ’s worldwide experience issues like this… was wondering if it was just me…lol

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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CFrye

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#9 posted 12-11-2013 02:40 PM

No sibling rivalry going on here, is there,... ;-)
And, yes, you’ll have next time, but will you be able to remember where you put it?

-- God bless, Candy

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abie

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#10 posted 12-11-2013 03:17 PM

Send it back..
your’s is much better
We have one in our ( Retired guy’s) shop and we never seem to be able to find it.

“Ive finally got it all together , now where did I leave it”

-- Bruce. a mind is like a book it is only useful when open.

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BusterB

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#11 posted 12-11-2013 04:18 PM

Candy- Cant imagine you would ever think such a thing…lol The nerve of that woman…she aint the boss of me. Thats my wifes job…lol As for remembering where I put it…you may have a point. I have a system…i always put stuff back in the same place I got it…that way I always know where it is….well at least until I rearrange stuff (which you know I do quite often) then I cant find anything when I need it. Even scarier is the fact that there is a better than average chance that I wont even remember I have it at all…lol Frances takes advantage of my CRS (cant remember stuff) problem all the time. She will tell me she has told me something or that I agreed to something knowing full well I cant argue the point with her…

abie- I am right there with you sir.....“Ive finally got it all together , now where did I leave it” I love that…that should be my signature line…lol

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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luv2learn

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#12 posted 12-11-2013 04:55 PM

Hey Buster, I know Murphy well also. Way to overcome that devious creature my friend.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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a1Jim

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#13 posted 12-11-2013 05:08 PM

We have all been through those kind of things. If you would have had some peg board it makes a dandiy shelf pin jig,you just use a 1/4 “forestner bit and cut out a piece of peg board and connect a cleat on the edge to get the spacing from the edge you want.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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Jamie Speirs

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#14 posted 12-11-2013 06:39 PM

Buster getting out of a problem without the jig
is a far better deal.
Over the years I’ve had some shelf jigs, but whenever I’ve
needed them, you guessed, cant find them (CRAFT syndrome :))
So for 40 odd year I’ve just made them when I’ve needed them.
A nice unit for your Mom, cant get better than that. Moms just love
something there kids make no matter our age.
or Lets see your Sister better that LoL
If she bakes Three Pies one for your Mom one for you and i teeny one to
Scotland, I could be bought though.

Jamie

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#15 posted 12-11-2013 07:25 PM

Thats my luck too. Now if your like me, you will store the new jig in a place so you will remember where its at, and then I forget where that place was. LOL Great job buddy

-- The Old Rednek Workshop https://www.facebook.com/theoldrednekworkshoptn

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