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Forum topic by LiveEdge posted 02-01-2016 10:24 PM 829 views 0 times favorited 13 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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LiveEdge

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02-01-2016 10:24 PM

So I’m working on a project with my daughter and while she’s at school I figured I’d do a little to get us ahead. I have a knob of highly figured maple and I need to drill a 3/8” hole for a dowel. I’m inside at the kitchen table (where it’s warm) and drill out the hole. Lo and behold I drilled the hole through the bottom basically wrecking the awesome knob. Dammit! I think to myself.

Uh. Chief. That’s not all you just put a hole in…

At least the kitchen table is a well worn, marker stained $200, twenty year old table from K-mart. It now has a nice 3/8” memory.

WHAT WAS I THINKING?!?

The good news is I own 3/8” dowel to plug the hole…


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conifur

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#1 posted 02-01-2016 10:40 PM

Bet you wont do that again!!!LOL. Thats all right, when I had my remodeling business I did something similar, an open pocket that I missed, drill into the wall as well as the pocket door. Good news they said dont worry about it, it is jammed in the open position and never use it.

-- Knowledge and experience equals Wisdom, Michael Frankowski

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pintodeluxe

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#2 posted 02-01-2016 10:51 PM

Woodworkers. All we need is one good excuse to make a new table.

Congratulations! You now have an excuse!

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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jmartel

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#3 posted 02-01-2016 10:54 PM

If it makes you feel any better, I have a few notches in my shop stool from using it as a support table while I was using a jigsaw.

-- The quality of one's woodworking is directly related to the amount of flannel worn.

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Richard

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#4 posted 02-01-2016 10:54 PM

Nothing like that has ever happened to me . At least that is what I tell everyone. :)

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splatman

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#5 posted 02-02-2016 01:54 AM

I’ve done that a few times when cutting plywood with a circ saw while the ply was laid on a wheelbarrow. To this day, there’s a wheelbarrow with notched sides in the yard. Did not notice a thing until I moved the plywood.
This thread would make a good addition to the “Don’t do what I did” thread.

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TheFridge

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#6 posted 02-02-2016 01:58 AM

I took a chunk of my workbench with a track saw. I could’ve choked a puppy.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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Redoak49

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#7 posted 02-02-2016 02:21 AM

Quite a few years ago when my kids were young, we were working on a project on my work bench. I was having him drill a hole through a board and he drilled into the workbench. My work bench is not fancy so I took a magic marker and wrote his name next to the hole. Many years later it is still there and I look at it with a smile.

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#8 posted 02-02-2016 03:59 AM

I had a cabinet shop back in the eighties. There was a furniture restoration business next door. When I had time I would do minor furniture repair or duplicate a missing piece for them. They brought me a very nice walnut dining table top they had just stripped and finished for me to mount new metal skirt brackets on the bottom side. I was drilling the pilot holes for the brackets when “oops” I drilled all the way through. Needless to say, I didn’t do any more work for them. But, I have not drilled through since.

-- AP--I thought growing old would take longer.

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Richard

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#9 posted 02-02-2016 06:34 PM



Quite a few years ago when my kids were young, we were working on a project on my work bench. I was having him drill a hole through a board and he drilled into the workbench. My work bench is not fancy so I took a magic marker and wrote his name next to the hole. Many years later it is still there and I look at it with a smile.

- Redoak49


Well it didn’t really Hurt the bench but it did give you Years of memories , Sounds like a good Thing to me.

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Bill White

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#10 posted 02-02-2016 07:01 PM

Take a forstner bit and drill a shallow hole just the right size to fit a decorative button. Great way to fix an error.

Wanna know how I know?

Bill

-- bill@magraphics.us

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ChrisK

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#11 posted 02-02-2016 07:08 PM

Lets see, I have scars on my run out table from:

Drill – Several

Jig Saw – at least 2.

Circular Saw

and Router

I can not have nice things.

-- Chris K

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Lee

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#12 posted 02-03-2016 12:08 AM

Ha ha that’s funny, OK I’ll confess to one of my many oh sh*t moments. I had just finished my beautiful custom made router table and I needed to rout a dado in the top for the benchdog miter slot. I clamped a nice straight board to the top for a guide and started very carefully routing the dado, all went well until I got about 2/3 the way when the clamp on that end decided to slip, so now I have a 1/16” gap for about 3”. It’s still there after all these years, every time I use the router table it’s saying you dumb ass. I agree, this is a great thread, keep it going.

-- Colombia Custom woodworking

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Bobsboxes

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#13 posted 02-03-2016 01:51 AM

A very good friend of mine, called one day to ask if I would help him drill a cord hole out through the back of a antique roll top desk. I was finishing up a project, and told him I would be over after I got the poly on my project. Well later in the day I stopped over, drill and forstner bit in hand. His wife and him were in the living room with the new antique roll top desk. Both with a funny look on their face, They had rolled the top up and back, and drilled the hole thru the lining on the back, thru the roll up cover and out Thru the back. They had stuck the computer cords thru the hole. And then rolled the top down, tangling the cords in all, and reveling the hole thru the roll top. They wondered how or if I could fix the top. We shared a good laugh, then I got busy fishing the cords out and replacing a few of the slats. It is still a humorous topic.

-- Bob in Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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