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#1 posted 01-10-2012 07:38 AM

Wow, only one…hum. It is absolutely true that “haste makes waste”. Make sure that at every moment you are focused on the outcome. Take extra steps to avoid mistakes. Use chalk and lots of it (especially in different colors) to mark you wood for matching; for orientation- especially right versus left for mortising on legs (that’s another story!); to identify the parts of your pieces, etc. Before cutting on the saw, take a moment for a quick review of the cut. It takes less than a minute to push that board through the blade. It takes a whole lot of time to get back to were you started if you chop off to much, cut it too thin, cut the wrong board, you get where I’m going.
Just so you don’t get the wrong idea, I know from experience that rushing through something will cost you dearly.
That said, enjoy the ride! Never tire of pushing yourself out of your comfort zone. Make something that you aren’t sure that you can do. DO IT ANYWAY!!! We will be here to help if you need us. Cheers…......

-- cathyb, Hawaii,

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