Creating Oops! tutorial

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Blog entry by shipwright posted 10-02-2010 06:33 PM 3129 reads 19 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Oops! began as an idea about outside the box hinges. I’ve always liked the “box on stand” idea but had never tried one so that sort of fell into place and one of the first ideas I had about box decoration was a “spill” pattern. I sketched these on a bit of paper at the kitchen table one day and it was left there.

Last December I restored an old ShopSmith 10 ER and had been wanting to see how good a tool it really was and what kind of precision I could achieve with it. Then in July I came across some air dried local Western Maple for sale nearby and the stars aligned to set the project in motion. I decided to do it as a tutorial for the ShopSmith forum and as I’m not much of a teacher I just took A LOT of pictures and captioned them hoping that a picture really was worth a thousand words. I assumed the viewer to be a novice woodworker so there are many “skippable” photos if you are more advanced, my apologies.

When I posted my projects here I was overwhelmed by the response and positive comments. I am truly humbled by your immediate acceptance of me as a newcomer to your group and hope that in re-posting this tutorial here on LJ’s I can give back just a little.

My format is a picasa web album. If you are not familiar, the best way to view is to click “slideshow”, then ckick F11 for full screen. Then if you want to control the time you have to look at each photo, just click on one of the next or previous arrows and the slideshow will become manual.

Thanks again to all and enjoy the show. Questions are always welcome.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#1 posted 10-02-2010 07:25 PM

Paul, Thanks for posting this great explanation.

-- Back home. Fernando

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#2 posted 10-02-2010 07:27 PM

I don’t make furniture but if I ever did, I would surely follow this tutorial. I’d love to make something like this, it’s just soooo different and what a conversation piece it would be to have in your house!


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#3 posted 10-02-2010 08:02 PM

Thanks, i don’t know that i would make something that involved, but your pictures gave a good explanation of the process. It looks like you enjoy your work.

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and now time to work!!!

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#4 posted 10-02-2010 08:29 PM

Thoroughly entertaining. The quality and craftsmanship of your work are more than matched by the picture quality and detail of the slideshow. This blog is a masterpiece in itself.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#5 posted 10-02-2010 08:37 PM

beside its a fantastic furniture piece
you have made an encredible toturial-picturebook
thank´s for taking your time to do so and it was very entertaining

if every thing you make is in that caliber it shuoldn´t wonder
anyone that you have come up with this furniture

I look forward to see more from you as well as toturials

thank´s for sharing

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#6 posted 10-02-2010 10:28 PM

I enjoyed this a great deal. Thanks for taking the time to include us in this journey Paul. Very informative and interesting. You are a very gifted craftsman… that’s for sure.

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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#7 posted 10-02-2010 10:48 PM

That was an amazing slide show. As it progressed I kept wondering ‘what in the heck?’ Toward the end it started coming together. It’s a work of art.

The concept on paper is one thing, but all the skills you used to make your idea come to life in wood…are something else! I’m gonna put this one in my favs too, just for reference sake.

Thanks for sharing your joy!

-- “Once more unto the breach, dear friends...” Henry V - Act III, Scene I

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#8 posted 10-03-2010 01:30 AM

Thank you.
That was one of the finest step-by-steps that I have ever watched.
I loved your comments too. I could really feel some of the tense and then joyful moments. That was great.

Welcome to LJs. I hope you stick around for a long long time.

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#9 posted 10-03-2010 07:06 AM

Man O Man, am I ever glad you joined Lumberjocks.
I really enjoy your posts and you are VERY talented.

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#10 posted 10-03-2010 06:32 PM

You have a grate imagination. I can see you know your tools and there limitations. Very creative on your jig building. Like I always say: ” Your mind is the best tool you own” You have done an excellent job with your imagination, your woodworking and your blog. Thank you for posting.

-- Have a great day.

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#11 posted 10-30-2010 01:53 PM

Thanks for posting this.

I just watched your tutorial by clicking on it in a1jim’s thread.

You did a magnificently spectacular tutorial.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#12 posted 12-03-2013 02:29 PM

Thanks for the reference must get these in the mail NC to AZ.

-- Brad~Scott

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#13 posted 12-03-2013 06:05 PM

Thanks Paul, that was a great tutorial.

-- To surrender a dream leaves life as it is — and not as it could be.

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