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jeffswildwood

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06-15-2015 01:23 PM

Hi all. I had an order for a custom sign, a simple project that looked great when dome. Made from 1/2 inch pine with a border and their names put on in raised letters. Well, I finished it, waxed it and delivered it. They loved it and even posted it on facebook. unfortunately, one of the comments were “did he leave a letter out of your name”? I did. I was so ashamed. I spelled Taylor as tayor. I did what I had to do. Contacted them and began work on a brand new one. I had to make it right! I now know to not let my guard down and put my attention to detail on even the simplest project. Has this happened to any of you? I’m sure it has, tell me about it.

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Dallas

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#1 posted 06-15-2015 01:30 PM

It has been my experience that when it is important, I ask someone to proofread. This is because while I may not see a problem with spelling, someone else will.

I usually ask my wife because she takes great pleasure in showing me when I am wrong.

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#2 posted 06-15-2015 02:50 PM

Spouses can be very good fact checkers!.... Much to my dismay.

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hotbyte

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#3 posted 06-15-2015 02:54 PM

At least it wasn’t a tattoo! You’d have to cut the person’s arm or something off to redo :)

As mentioned, it is so easy when proofreading for the mind to see what it thinks should be there. Good job on stepping up and making it right.

Funny comment Dallas about your wife taking pleasure in pointing out when you are wrong. I saw a cute one the other day about “new math.” If a man has $20 dollars and his wife has $5, how much money does the wife have? $25 :) :) :)

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jeffswildwood

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#4 posted 06-15-2015 03:52 PM

Good thing it was just a sign and not a full size china cabinet with names engraved! Funny part about it is my Wife did look at it and the people who received it didn’t even notice it until some one pointed it out on facebook! It still got 71 likes. I guess it was one of those optical illusions. Her husband said the work was top notch but I have “hooked on phonics” coming for a Christmas present. She blamed him for telling me the wrong spelling, I had to let the poor guy off the hook. :)

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jtriggs

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#5 posted 06-15-2015 04:06 PM

Nothing quite like that for me by I found it hilarious when the neighbor laid a new concrete patio and his wife went out and scratched the family name in the wet concrete. Didn’t notice until I brought it up that she spelled Johnson’s as Johsons’. Talk about embarrassed but we still laugh about it every now and then.
Jon

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Andre

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#6 posted 06-15-2015 04:08 PM

Around here it is her Money and Our Money! Funny how a lot of our money ends up in my workshop!

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#7 posted 06-15-2015 04:33 PM

So it’s not just me!

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DKV

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#8 posted 06-15-2015 04:42 PM

Hotbyte, the joke is better said this way. If a husband and wife have $25 and the husband has $20, how much does the wife have?

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hotbyte

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#9 posted 06-15-2015 04:50 PM

That might have been the wording DKV…that does come across better.

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DKV

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#10 posted 06-15-2015 04:52 PM

It still doesn’t change the final outcome. :)

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nkawtg

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#11 posted 06-15-2015 04:53 PM



Hotbyte, the joke is better said this way. If a husband and wife have $25 and the husband has $20, how much does the wife have?

- DKV


Oh I know…
$25

What’s hers is hers and what’s yours is hers.

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#12 posted 06-15-2015 04:58 PM

I told the joke to my wife and her immediate response was $25.

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#13 posted 06-15-2015 05:23 PM

No, the answer is the wife has $45
.

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DKV

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#14 posted 06-15-2015 05:46 PM

Joe, could well be depending on how you interpret the question…

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mtenterprises

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#15 posted 06-15-2015 11:04 PM

I’ve done tons of router carved signs over the years and once in a while that happens to all of us. 2 stories come to mind. First, like about a week before Christmas (sometime in the past) I get these 2 young ladies stop in my shop asking for a sign to be done for a present. This late I usually don’t do projects but I went for it had it done in a day or so called then and they stopped by. While looking at it they said I spelled it wrong. I then produced the work order they had filled out, my spelling was exactly what they had written there. Ooops, not my fault!
But now for the best story. A friend of mine was sent to Wales to set up a new factory for his company. While there the company rented him a house. Well houses in Wales don’t have addresses they have names. He wanted to do something nice for his landlord and wanted me to make him a sign for the house. So he sent me what the sign was to say, in Welsh. The name was (now I’m not going to spell this correctly because I cannot remember how) Airgorland, means sheep pen in Welsh. Well I laid out the first sign, carved it and low and behold I spelled it wrong. Man, like I can’t spell in another language. So I laid out a second sign carved it and guess what, spelled it wrong again. Set up a third sign and finally got it right. Fortunately I didn’t ship out either of the first 2 before the spelling error was found.
Yup happens to all of us given enough time doing these things.

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