My Mistakes

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Blog entry by theken posted 01-27-2011 09:54 AM 883 reads 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Sorry for anyone who stumbles upon my blog. Unless you need a good laugh. The main reason for doing this is to keep note on what I am learning as I build some skills. I can tell by the first couple of projects I have going that you learn a TON each time you make a new project. So instead of using a notebook to log my progress I am using the web. ( And I can post pictures as I go.)

This weekend I am finishing my first woodworking project. (the rest of my work has been home improvement/repair.) It is a doll bed for my daughter. It is not a show stopper, but for something I drew up and build, it definately feels good to look at it and know I made it myself.

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#1 posted 01-27-2011 01:44 PM

I will be watching to see what you build! Good luck! :)

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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#2 posted 01-27-2011 02:12 PM

I stumble upon it. Good luck and welcome to LJ’s.

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#3 posted 01-27-2011 02:30 PM

I hope all of your woodworking endeavers will be good ones.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#4 posted 01-27-2011 02:34 PM

We all learn a lot from our mistakes. I should be pretty smart but I think I have a lot more to make.

-- Bruce from Central New, if you'll pardon me, I have some sawdust to make.

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#5 posted 01-27-2011 02:38 PM

I can promise you’ll have oops moments. Just don’t let them stop you!


-- There was only one perfect carpenter... It wasn't me!

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#6 posted 01-27-2011 03:02 PM

Welcome to LJ’s, we all live and learn.

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

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#7 posted 01-27-2011 03:17 PM

Thanks for posting you mistakes; we learn from them, too. And that’s good ‘cause we don’t have time to make them all ourselves.


-- Even if to be nothing more than a bad example, everything serves a purpose. cippotus

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#8 posted 01-27-2011 04:15 PM

you learn, I learn, we all learn from each other.

(this is a good read: advice from a 9 year old re: learning from mistakes)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#9 posted 01-27-2011 05:09 PM


Well, I believe your first mistake is failing to post pictures of the doll bed you made for your daughter…

Just don’t make the kind of mistake I made.

Be Careful!

-- Herb, Florida - Here's why I close most messages with "Be Careful!"

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#10 posted 01-27-2011 05:33 PM

Can’t wait to see it. Welcome to lumberjocks:

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

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#11 posted 01-27-2011 07:21 PM

It is true that when you’re new to woodworking you have to learn a ton for the first project, like you suggested. Then you may have to learn a ton on the next project, maybe the next. Eventually though, you learn so much that all that you have learned become skills in your arsenal to take on anything.
I have leanred though, the biggest mistake you can make is if you stop trying to learn new skills. Never be afraid to take one something new. Ther are so many techniques in woodworking, new and old, that none of us could ever learn it all. However, the more we learn, the more we can pass down to the next generation.
We’ll be watching to see what you come up with. When you make mistakes, don’t worry. If you read enough on this site, you’ll see that all of us make mistakes. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve started out with great ideas, to wind up with some very fancy firewood.


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#12 posted 01-27-2011 08:08 PM

Welcome to LJ…Rule No.1 Post copious amounts of pictures. Woodworkers are visual learners. lol Rand

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#13 posted 01-28-2011 03:33 AM

There are loads of great people here on Lumberjocks. It will be great to learn with you and see your projects. I look forward to seeing lots of pictures! Welcome!


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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