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Which Part of Woodworking is Your Peeve?

by Mark
posted 12-03-2009 11:12 PM

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#1 posted 12-04-2009 12:05 AM

At this moment it is trimming iron on edge banding, I f%#$^&% hate it. Why don’t they make the stuff the same size as 3/4 inch plywood???? Next to that is glue squeeze out, you know the one, you didn’t catch it untill it was too late.

-- Dave- New Brunswick

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Scott Bryan

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#2 posted 12-04-2009 12:06 AM

My peeves are all associated with my wife. She tacks on projects faster than I can knock them off and trying to “pin” her down is frustrating. Her answer is “Just build it, you know I will like it”. Of course, if I do that, invariably I will have “misunderstood” something that she clearly remembers telling me about the project.

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

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#3 posted 12-04-2009 12:39 AM

Putting on the finishing coat and finding scratch marks from sandpaper!

-- Have a blessed day!

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#4 posted 12-04-2009 12:49 AM

At this point in my woodworking, everything is a challenge. I can’t pin it down to one thing.

-- My reality check bounced...

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#5 posted 12-04-2009 12:53 AM

Wow you guys are pointing out more peeves that i forgot i had :S

-- M.K.

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Rick Dennington

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#6 posted 12-04-2009 01:03 AM

Mark, I really don’t have a pet peeve while in my shop. I enjoy doing eveything in there, no matter what I’m working on. Right now I’ve got about 4 projects going at the same time. All are different, but all fall under the catigory of woodwoking in the usual manner. If I had a peeve, I think it would be finishing a piece. I hate the down-time of drying, sanding, fininsh, etc. You get the pix. I don’t even mind sweeping, cause I like a neat, tidy shop. Heck, I even sweep while building a piece. So my peeve is miner—- to me anyway.

-- " At my age, happy hour is a crap and a nap".....

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#7 posted 12-04-2009 01:09 AM

rick….my peeve when it comes to sweeping or cleaning my shop, is that I don’t have a project to work on or no material to start another

-- M.K.

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#8 posted 12-04-2009 01:19 AM

My biggest pet peeve is not having enough room to put a finish on a project and be able to start another one while that one is drying.

-- Lumberdog.. Morley, Michigan

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Kent Shepherd

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#9 posted 12-04-2009 01:21 AM

My biggest frustration is actually getting a project started. Once I make the first cut, I can be tenacious about finishing. That brings up my next peeve—-Getting interrupted—-by anything. I’m close to finishing a bed I’m building and we had to go out of town. All I could think of was how much I could have done if I could have stayed home.


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#10 posted 12-04-2009 01:37 AM

kent- ya i get mad when im at that point and im not working on it.

lumberdog- i have that same issue but if its summer i can work around it by bringing my work outside

-- M.K.

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#11 posted 12-04-2009 01:44 AM

Dog hairs that infiltrate the finishing process…

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dennis mitchell

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#12 posted 12-04-2009 01:49 AM

Not having enough space in the shop. It will always be too small.

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#13 posted 12-04-2009 02:06 AM

Scott Bryan nailed my pet peeve. Love it when you’re half way through a project and the CFO comes up with 2 or 3 more things she wants yesterday. The other thing is trying to explain to people that to do the job right there is a certain amount of waiting time. They all think it can be done in 5 minutes(like that production line rubbish you see in cheap stores) I have never spray finished anything either, hand rubbed is the best result.

-- If you try to fail and succeed, what have you done?

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#14 posted 12-04-2009 02:17 AM

sooooo true beejay!

-- M.K.

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#15 posted 12-04-2009 02:34 AM

Sanding and finishing. I probably wouldn’t mind spraying if I didn’t have to clean up afterward.

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

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#16 posted 12-04-2009 02:38 AM

Just wasted time waiting for finish to dry.

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#17 posted 12-04-2009 02:40 AM

and not being able to start up anythign while its drying lol

-- M.K.

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#18 posted 12-04-2009 03:00 AM

My own growing list of limitations as I age and health declines. I’d elaborate but I’m sure no one wants to hear that stuff. I can say that some things I used to do with ease now are difficult and require huge amounts of patience to accomplish.

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#19 posted 12-04-2009 05:07 AM

lol I’m not in that spot I’m still young n dumb

-- M.K.

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#20 posted 12-04-2009 05:13 AM

mine are putting the finnish on period it takes longer than the project or projects them selves it sucks so bad ive been putting on a wipe on poly for about a week now this sucks but when its done its all good then im affraid to start a new one cuz then i have to finnish that one too. other than that im all good sanding would be the second but the sanders make it pretty easy hand sanding thumbs down all the way.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#21 posted 12-04-2009 05:14 AM

Waiting for the finish to dry so I can put on another coat of finish and wait for it to dry so I can put on another coat of finish and wait for it to dry…

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#22 posted 12-04-2009 05:20 AM

Amen Scott – right on the money

-- Roger-R, Republic of Texas. "Always look on the Bright Side of Life" - An eyeball to eyeball confrontation with a blind person is as complete waste of Time.

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#23 posted 12-04-2009 05:42 AM

Mine is going to the lumber company and picking out the lumber. I wish I could just tell someone what I need and trust that they would bring me some good stuff and I wouldnt have to pay to have it delivered.
I kind of look at the trip as a waste of time…I would rather be in the shop working.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#24 posted 12-04-2009 05:45 AM

sanding sanding sanding

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#25 posted 12-04-2009 05:52 AM

Splinters! I hate those little buggers. I have a couple of birch splinters in my thumb right now that I can’t dig out. Every time I pick something up, there they are.

-- Chunk's Workshop pictures:

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#26 posted 12-04-2009 06:00 AM

Having to go to bed before the project is finished.

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#27 posted 12-04-2009 06:01 AM

Finishing…..the time it takes. I’d like a seperate room for finishing so I could be working othe projects while the finish dries.

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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#28 posted 12-04-2009 08:14 AM

When I’m in the middle of a project, especially a very technically challenging part or just before the exciting part (like final assembly)... I CANT SLEEP AT NIGHT!!!

-- Happy woodworking!

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#29 posted 12-04-2009 08:54 AM

Hey Chunk, wear a pair of glooves when you pick up something like wood. Take them off when you’re ready to start working———no more splinters!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And buy a needle!!!!!!!

-- " At my age, happy hour is a crap and a nap".....

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#30 posted 12-04-2009 09:03 AM

Hey Blake: How does one go about being technically challenged? I’ve never had that problem!! lol lol. I’m more mentally challanged!!!!!! I don’t have any trouble sleeping at night, cause I don’t have anything on the brain to keep me up !!!!!!!!!! lol. Basically I’m physically challanged——it called crippled !!!!

-- " At my age, happy hour is a crap and a nap".....

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#31 posted 12-04-2009 09:03 AM

Shop size. Not having the right tool that would have spead up the process. Glue residue found after staining a project resaulting in sanding it down and restaining. Estimating the time it takes to build a project and coming in over, creating issues with my wife.

-- Sawdust in my veins--

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#32 posted 12-04-2009 10:29 AM

Having to quit when my hands get too cold because there’s no heat in the shop (and pointless trying because it’’s a drafty standalone garage)

-- If you can't joint it, bead it!

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#33 posted 12-04-2009 05:51 PM

Sharpening turning tools, although its probably because I’m not terribly good at it yet.

-- Dylan Vanderhoof - General hobbiest and reluctant penmaker.

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#34 posted 12-04-2009 06:26 PM

when my dad tries to get me to build him the next titanic at no cost

-- M.K.

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#35 posted 12-04-2009 07:03 PM

sanding sucks.

ordering hardware and requesting a “right hand” assembly, then opening the box to find out its a lefty

cutting something to short….........5 times

friends who put their cold beer bottle on a freshly sanded part

friends who “think” they know how to use a tool and break it

friends who dont return the tool I need right now

an unhappy customer

finding out the beautiful woman behind the sales desk is actually a guy

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#36 posted 12-04-2009 09:57 PM

i don’t find glue up much of a peeve. i do many glue ups but none really peeve me unless my panel isnt flat

-- M.K.

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#37 posted 12-04-2009 10:14 PM

Being a newbie everything so far is a struggle but I would also have to put not having a heated workspace at the top of my list. It really puts a cramp in my learning curve! I have a few small newbie-ish projects in the works right now but I am completely unmotivated to finish them because I can’t put finish on them!

-- James -

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#38 posted 12-04-2009 10:47 PM

i was in that stage at my dads house so in the winter when i had to finish a project i took my project in the house to a spare room and took care of it there. worked for me

-- M.K.

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#39 posted 12-04-2009 10:49 PM

I think we should like at it differently. We should be thinking that the sanding sucks but it is fixing all the problems we have in the shop with that project. It’s one of the most important parts to make or break the project. The finish is the most important part of the project. With that being said I don’t care much for sanding I get my son to do most of the sanding ( about half the time ). He likes it more on the project he has me build for him. The things I issue with is: When I have the money for the project I don’t have the time? or When I have the time for the project I have no money? oh yea when I finish a project for the house I get the same complaints its to big or it sinks up the house.


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#40 posted 12-04-2009 10:54 PM

Milling up lumber, specifically planing. Loud, messy, and boring.

-- --Bob

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#41 posted 12-04-2009 11:04 PM

1. I am not a fan of installation (kitchens, especially wall units). I love working in the shop but hate working on a job site where I have less control of my conditions, plus in a shop I have most everything being done on 34” counter height.

2. We need to improve on dust collection so bad. I hate my current set up as I am sure I am filling all of our lungs with saw dust.

3. One person mentioned friends messing up a tool. Last night, my friend was using my home made shop jig for cutting rabbits/dados, it uses a platform, a guide rail and I use a top bearing pattern 3/4” straight bit in a PC plunge router in order to take progressive passes in wood. My friend plunged the router right down into my “hickory” guide rail that I had permanently attached to my jig. Well, since that is glued and nailed, good luck on replacing it.

-- .

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#42 posted 12-04-2009 11:09 PM

In the winter it seems like it’s worst. Why is that?


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#43 posted 12-04-2009 11:15 PM

i hate having ANY of my friends in my shop doing my work. They act like they’re just as intelligent and experienced and the last project I did they sure knew how to mess it up. If anyone is in my shop I always have one eye on them because I don’t like anyone in my shop without my supervision. I love taking my nephew in my shop though because hes willing to learn which is different

-- M.K.

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#44 posted 12-04-2009 11:17 PM

Sanding. Waiting for finish to dry. Sanding.

-- Chip ----------- 6:8

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#45 posted 12-04-2009 11:40 PM

waiting for finish to dry ha! thats what shelac is for.sanding?i build alot while the wood is still rought sawn then sand so i have melted a few sanders .my peev is space never enough or maybe the two or three or four or five tools i want RIGHT NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!one more , more time it seems to just fly by these days

-- gagewestern

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#46 posted 12-04-2009 11:49 PM

My local Woodcraft store. I’ve walked in looking for an item, called ahead looking for an item, and ordered an item, and not once have they failed to drop the ball: don’t have it in stock, told me they had it in stock and then didn’t, and ordered the wrong thing. The store constantly looks like it’s on the brink of going out of business (and I wouldn’t be surprised): shelves only sparsely populated with inventory, 2 or 3 machines sitting very lonely-looking out on the floor, cardboard boxes taking up space, and the guy who doesn’t work there, always hanging out, BS-ing with the clerk, who acts like you’re interrupting them when you want something.

I’m lucky to have one of the three Woodworker’s Supply stores locally, and they have both a shipping warehouse and a storefront, and they tend to have things in stock, and they’re always busy, whereas the Woodcraft is a masoleum.

-- "A man may conduct himself well in both adversity and good fortune, but if you want to test his character, give him power." - Abraham Lincoln

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#47 posted 12-05-2009 12:03 AM

tiny hardware – how many times have i snapped the head off of those tiny brass screws? the final part of the project and – snap—god i hate that

-- -erik & christy-

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#48 posted 12-05-2009 03:13 AM

that kept happening to the cheap screws they gave me with my hooks on my mini wardrobe so i finally took some hi quality self tap screws that looked similar to the regular screws and used them. made for metal but worked like a pro on the wood.

-- M.K.

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#49 posted 12-05-2009 10:47 PM


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

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#50 posted 12-06-2009 01:26 AM

most people so far have their votes on sanding…lol

-- M.K.

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