Basement Workspace / V8 Mini Workbench #11: frustration and more learning...

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Blog entry by rhybeka posted 11-02-2014 12:53 PM 1666 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 10: another minor progress Part 11 of Basement Workspace / V8 Mini Workbench series Part 12: Heeeere doggie doggie doggie! Bench dogs - they just keep coming »

The other night I was finally able to get back out to the shop. I was excited about starting to get to some of the detail work on the pieces. Got the measurements transferred from the SU to the ply pieces, and set up my square to being my edge guide (mistake #1 but I thought it was a good idea at the moment). Even used a piece of scrap to remind me not to run the bit all the way through the L and K pieces I had screwed down.

so with this setup, I continued routing my bench dog holes. I should’ve stopped after I futzed the second one up but I didn’t thinking well – maybe they can be salvaged.

So I continued on, and in essence of your time and mine, I’ll condense the next bit. I finished routing the bench dog holes, and moved on to cutting the notches out. I thought the table saw would give me a better cut so I used it to cut out the notches on the ends. Then I flipped them over and noticed the blade had cut all the way through on the back side of the piece. Strange, but I realized since I’d been making through cuts on everything else it hadn’t mattered until now.

It was at this point I decided to cut my losses and start clean since I had enough material to do so. This time I was able to use Mr. P’s way of laying out the pieces all on the same board and routing them that way – which was MUCH easier.

I was able to get them routed and cut into pieces. Unfortunately I realized a bit too late they may not be deep enough.Better than too deep I guess :) I stopped there since it was late and I was getting tired enough to make more mistakes. I figured I’d get back to it with a fresh set of eyes and coffee maybe even today. Staying warm in the shop is now an issue but hopefully I’ll have a few more weeks to get this done!

-- Beka/Becky - aspiring jill of all trades, still learning to not read the directions.

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#1 posted 11-02-2014 07:02 PM

Hang in there, Becky! Maybe 1/2 caf/1/2 decaf?

-- God bless, Candy

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#2 posted 11-02-2014 10:19 PM

Our skills grow a lot faster when we make mistakes as long as they aren’t catastrophic and we don’t obsess on them. Best to just fix them if you can or make a replacement if you must, and carry on. It’s just like life!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#3 posted 11-03-2014 12:42 AM

Hi Becky. The miscuts could have been used if you added little glue blocks beside them but since you have made new ones that are better, you have gained in quality and experience both. ......... that’s a pretty good deal.
Try setting your router to half round depth, routing two scraps and trying a dowel or whatever in the resulting hole. When you get the set just right, use it to deepen your cuts. You’ll look back on all this and smile one day ….. :-)

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#4 posted 11-03-2014 08:28 PM

lol -I’m thinking the half caf is a good idea, Candy! Thanks Mr. P :) I need to pick up a 1/2in or 3/4 in dowel the next time i’m at the store – I keep forgetting.

Thanks Mike – trying to keep that in mind :) not sweating the small stuff or being grateful I can replace and learn. I’m hoping now that I’m almost done with my degree it won’t be so long between projects – plus I’ll be able to work in the house where it’s toasty :)

-- Beka/Becky - aspiring jill of all trades, still learning to not read the directions.

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