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Woodworking procedure you hate the most.

by thatwoodworkingguy
posted 05-29-2010 05:25 AM

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#1 posted 05-29-2010 05:33 AM

Sanding, sanding sanding waiting for finish to dry…

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

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#2 posted 05-29-2010 05:37 AM

Clean up sanding clean up sanding. sanding clean up.

-- wood crafting & classes

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#3 posted 05-29-2010 05:52 AM


Is that a Basset in your Avatar?


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#4 posted 05-29-2010 05:55 AM

It is indeed a basset. My little man Maxwell.

-- ~Eagle America~ ~Woodcraft~

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#5 posted 05-29-2010 06:37 AM

Changing my band saw blade. It drives me nuts. Practically have to disassemble the whole saw to do it. By the time I’ve changed it, reassembled the saw, tensioned and aligned the blade, about a half hour has passed!

-- Entertainment for mere mortal woodworkers.

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#6 posted 05-29-2010 06:55 AM

sanding, for sure.

-- Optimists are usually disappointed. Pessimists are either right or pleasantly surprised. I tend to be a disappointed pessimist.

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#7 posted 05-29-2010 07:03 AM

Raising panels on our 3 hp shaper scares me some. We do not yet have a power feeder, but will get one soon. Sanding is not the most entertaining but it sure makes our projects look very nice. Oh, and clean up is not my favorite.

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#8 posted 05-29-2010 07:05 AM

i like sanding!
what i dislike most though is marking all the pieces, drawing all the tenon and mortise emplacements etc… especially when im building stuff in series and have nearly 100 joints to mark!
don’t like anything that makes alot of noise either.

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#9 posted 05-29-2010 07:08 AM

I agree with greedo. Sanding is obsessive compulsive for me I enjoy it.

-- ~Eagle America~ ~Woodcraft~

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#10 posted 05-29-2010 12:48 PM

I hate my family coming up to me when I’m working. They don’t realize how much of a safty hazard that is. So I started putting a sign on the door going out to the shop/garage. Stating working don’t walk up to me when you hear a machine running.

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#11 posted 05-29-2010 01:12 PM

Gosh! Never really thought about what part of woodworking I don’t like.

When I was about 9, my Granddad told me that ANY day fishing is better than ALL days spent working! That is kind of my approach to woodworking. All jobs concerning woodworking are better than just about anything else I do.

I would say that my LEAST favorite activity I do is developing my bill of materials and my cut lst (which frequently are one in the same) when I am designing my own furniture or building custom stuff for others.

I am not crazy about trying to price my items when working for others, either.

And yes, I even like sanding! Give me a random orbital sander and a box of hook and loop sanding discs, a good dust collecting device nearby (a downdraft table or a 20×20 furnace filter taped to a 20×20 box fan), and I’ll sand all day with no complaints!

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#12 posted 05-29-2010 02:02 PM

FIXING MISTAKES! Maybe I’m the only one who does it? I hate doing something twice.

-- Dothan, Alabama Check out my woodworking blog! Also my Youtube Channel's Facebook page

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#13 posted 05-29-2010 02:15 PM

Changing the band saw blade. Not only is it tedious – it’s also a little bit dangerous.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#14 posted 05-29-2010 02:38 PM

mountains and mole hills in the finish ,
i need a finishing room again .

getting out of bed ,
and realizing i can’t work in the shop today ,
wait , wait …...........

hey mario ,
nice tag line .
maybe we will meet by the drain ?

-- 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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#15 posted 05-29-2010 02:40 PM

Personally I hate starting a project , all the figuring. Once past that its very enjoyable till I get to the sanding. I actually think I spend as much time sanding as everything else

-- mike & judy western md. www.

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#16 posted 05-29-2010 03:34 PM

For me it’s using my jointer or planer. I’m not sure if it’s those tools I hate, or the fact that when I start a project I’m excited to get further than getting boards to square. Once I’m past that it’s all good until sanding

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#17 posted 05-29-2010 05:20 PM

Greetings all,

I like everything I do in my shop…. I have no complaints about anything..
If I didn’t like doing all the steps in a project, or vacumning, sweeping, and clean-up,
going after materials, chasing down parts, or anything else that involves working in my shop.
then I really don’t need a shop afterall….do I? I guess I could sit around a swap thumbs….....NOT!!!!!!!!

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

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#18 posted 05-29-2010 06:05 PM


-- Big G

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#19 posted 05-29-2010 06:08 PM

As with some others, I hate change overs. As with even others, I kinda like sanding.

-- 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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#20 posted 05-29-2010 06:24 PM

I actually enjoy hand sanding, it’s very relaxing.
Waiting for finish to dry drives me nuts though.

-- Don - I wood work if I could. Redmond WA.

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#21 posted 05-29-2010 06:27 PM

Sailor, It’s not FIXING the mistakes, its MAKING them. And I know it’s going to happen.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#22 posted 05-29-2010 06:59 PM

rance, yeah, your right. Mistakes are a double edged sword I guess.

-- Dothan, Alabama Check out my woodworking blog! Also my Youtube Channel's Facebook page

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#24 posted 05-29-2010 07:20 PM

Changing the sanding belts on my drum sander truely sucks. Only a masochist could enjoy such a task.

If you hate sanding, its worth teaching yourself to use and sharpen a card scraper.

-- Doubt kills more dreams than failure.

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#25 posted 05-29-2010 07:33 PM

sharpening, and changing router table set ups. puke!

-- My philosophy: Somewhere between Norm and Roy

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#26 posted 05-29-2010 07:43 PM

Sailor, I have to agree that fixing mistakes are a pain….and they are a must for most of us. I like starting a new project that I haven’t done before because of the challenge….but I really hate when I blow it and have to redo or fix. Sanding is easy….and it means the project is near completion…so that isn’t too bad….My biggest pain is making all the darn jigs…..seems that every project needs at least one….more likely two or more….seems like I spend more time making jigs then doing projects.

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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#27 posted 05-29-2010 08:31 PM

My old mentor and friend used to tell me that you aren’t really a woodworker until you know how to fix your mistakes and it isn’t a mistake if you can fix it.

-- Doubt kills more dreams than failure.

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#28 posted 05-29-2010 09:25 PM

Well, cleaning up spray equipment ranks up there.
You know changing router set ups can cause frustration also… buy another router…...a certain female wont let me do that no more in this house hold:)

An old carpenter once told me that a good woodworker makes mistakes…...a great woodworker fixes and covers up the one he made to make it better.

-- Randon Riegsecker,

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#29 posted 05-30-2010 03:44 AM

For me it is finishing. Kinda funny for someone who spent over 35 years painting acft. Guess if I had all that fancy spray equipment and dedicated finishing booths here at home, I wouldn’t give it much thought. Working in a garage/shop, tho, it really is a pain when the work looks so good and then the flies, gnats and numerous other creatures finally find your wet varnish on the last coat.


-- Go

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#30 posted 05-30-2010 03:47 AM

Cleaning up!

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#31 posted 06-19-2010 08:13 PM

Me its changing router bits back to the last one I just used beacause of a mkissed piece or a mistake grr!

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#32 posted 06-19-2010 08:48 PM

On my CNC equipment I have to set “home” for every piece, so that it knows where the tool is in relation to the material. You have to be extremely precise in this – at worst, you’ll break something, at best, you’ll just not quite get the desired look. Especially with woods with a bit of grain in them – like oak – it’s really hard to get the perfect top plane lined up. I end up cutting a lot of things twice because it was just a hair too high, and areas get missed.

-- Lis - Michigan - -

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#33 posted 06-19-2010 08:54 PM

I dislike cleaning up although by Dust Deputy should help that.

Sailor, I nevir macke misteakz.

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#34 posted 06-19-2010 10:04 PM

Repetition…making the same part 100 more times. It’s where I’m most likely to make a mistake that could cost a finger.

-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!

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#35 posted 06-20-2010 05:44 AM

Rhett, good advice. I do so dislike sanding. It is messy as h#$@ and it gets all over the vehicles in the shared woodshop/garage. So I have nicely tuned smoothing planes, card scraper, and scraper plane. Much easier to clean up and, quite frankly, leaves a more refined and polished surface. There are some times when a piece of sandpaper is the right choice, but I try to limit those to the absolute minimum.

-- Mike

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#36 posted 06-21-2010 03:54 AM

Perhaps it’s because I’m a “Hobby” Woodworker but every time I go into my Shop it’s usually to RELAX. I actually refer to it as my “Moving Meditation”. Photobucket

There is Nothing that I do not like about Woodworking! That includes Sanding, CleanUp, Changing Bits, Making Mistakes etc. etc. etc.

I probably could let some of the less favourite activities Bother Me, if I LET Them. Perhaps it’s my Mind Set when I go into the Shop.

OH! I just thought of an Old Saying that I probably would not enjoy if it was the Other Way Round.

“As You Slide Down The Bannister Of Life, May All The Splinters Be Pointing In The Other Direction.”

I got a Weird Feeling in my Butt, just typing that. ...LOL…. Where’s The Tweezers!!!!!!!!


NOW! Computers as much as I love them are a whole different story!


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#37 posted 06-22-2010 02:14 AM

Changing sandpaper on 3rd sheet and palm sanders. Boy do I love Hook and Loop.

-- I don't make mistakes, I have great learning lessons, Greg

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