After posting my workshop plaque I thought we might hear some interesting and funny workshop disasters. So if you are brave enough and don’t mind being teased by 16,000 LJ members lets hear your story(s). I have enough incidents to publish a thick book, and I plan to start off with one story, but I will post some more later as they come to mind. So here goes;
My oldest grandson who is 12 yrs old came over to scroll saw a very detailed and challenging round trivet. I was pretty amazed and a little jealous that he was better at it than me, but very happy at the result which took him about 4 hours of hard work. I told him that we could top it off nicely by smoothing the edges with a nice roundover cut on the router table. Everything went well until the last little bit when I think I was obsessed with grain direction and turned the trivet in the wrong direction chewing out a pretty good hunk of wood on the edge and a little of the pattern too. My grandson was absolutely great about this, even though he probably would have liked to kill me at the time! It took me about 5 hours of fixing including one failed attempt and a final success. There was still very small visible glue seam on the edge, but otherwise it came out good. Maybe he should be instructing me!
-- Mike, American in Norway The four steps towards competency: 1. unconscious incompetence, 2. conscious incompetence, 3. conscious competence, 4. unconscious competence