Lost & Found: The Literal Splinter in the Sawdust Stack.

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Blog entry by spunwood posted 04-05-2011 04:11 PM 1051 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well, I was getting ready to assemble a 16×20 frame, when I realized that the woman who ordered it needed to give input on the finish.

While inspecting it, a piece just fell off with the sligtest tough from my finger. I didn’t think too much about it and threw it somewhere.

After showing my wife, her first response was, what happened there? Well, I thought it made it look more rustic, but apparently too rustic because that was the first response of the woman I was selling them to.

I was dismayed at the idea of a rebuild just because of some little piece that wanted to fall off. After all it could be glued back…and than I thought, aha!

So I searched the back of my truck, several piles of wood, throughout the shop and finally two heaping piles of sawdust, but I finally found it!

Thank God. Now just to glue it back on.

Anyone else have a similar lost and found experience?

-- I came, I was conquered, I was born again. ἵνα ὦσιν ἓν

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#1 posted 04-05-2011 04:18 PM

good save

i had an idea once
lost it on the way to the saw

still looking

-- 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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David Craig

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#2 posted 04-05-2011 04:20 PM

I have had pieces crack and split off when working them in the shop. If they are supported well enough, no further splitting or cracking will occur, but I need the little chunk that fell to seat and secure it. I have spent much time on the floor hunting for these little chunks. If you are lucky enough to have it in your fingers, don’t let it go! :) But then again, I think you learned that one the hard way already.


-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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#3 posted 04-05-2011 04:30 PM

A coworker dropped a small pin he had just ground. He spent a lot of time on it and did not want to make another. I had the better eyesite so I was searching the floor for quite a while. Boss walks by and asked the dropper if maybe it fell in the cuff of his pants. It did. Boss told me to stop screwing around and get back to work :)

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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Gene Howe

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#4 posted 04-05-2011 04:43 PM

The craftsman builds another. The artist fixes his mistake. (Or, makes it a design element. :-) )
Welcome to the art world.

David said:
good save

i had an idea once
lost it on the way to the saw

still looking

Love it. Added to my growing list of Patronisms.

-- 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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#5 posted 04-06-2011 05:00 AM

now that is diligence! -it wasn’t even something you could use the giant magnet for!!!!
-i applaud you.
I think i spent an hour and a half just looking for things in sawdust last weekend, and it made me very unpleasant! -and, like the pantcuff story, one item was in a plastic grocery bag i had moved off the table to look!!!!

-- ~christine @ used2btrees

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#6 posted 04-25-2011 02:37 PM

I have always heard that we should start off with a clean floor, so if we drop something we can find it easier. But then again, how many of us do cleanup before we start projects? Not many, I would guess. I make guitar picks and shape them on an orbital sander. I have had them just shoot right out of my grasp and never find them again. I’m talking about loosing the whole project. Good thing I make multiples at a time. Good save and lesson learned.

-- Chuck.. aka Pickpapa`'`'`'`'`'` The Son is the radiance of God's glory and the exact representation of His being, sustaining all things by His powerful word. Heb. 1:3

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