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Forum topic by Nwdesigns posted 04-24-2016 04:10 AM 661 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-24-2016 04:10 AM

I needed to put together another assembly table tonight so I would have a little extra workspace for a specific project that I am working on. Nothing fancy, just some spare 2 X 4’s for the frame, and some 1/2” MDF for the top. Down and dirty. I got everything cut and was ready to throw this thing together and I thought since it’s just a quickie, I would just nail the 2 X 4’s together with my paslode cordless. Oops, out of gas for the passlode. OK, screws – it will take a few extra minutes but probably worth it. After all, screws will hold things together much better. Off to where I keep all my screws and the longest screws I had on hand were 2”. Four of them. Not going to cut it. At this point, that feeling of inadequacy is starting to set in as I stare at my finish gun. I kinda just stood there for another 10 minutes or so trying to think of any “outside the box ” solution to my great problem.

Long story short, its amazing what a hammer and nails can do! Problem solved. I get used to all the modern gadgets to make my job easier that I sometimes forget the basic tools that got me here i. The first place.

Anyone else ever have something like this happen?

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#1 posted 04-24-2016 02:05 PM

Yep I’ve started to over complicate things in my approach before,one thing I’ve found I’ve gotten in the habit of over using my calculator,I took a couple measurements and started to reach for my calculator and stopped and said myself this is crazy I’m just adding 16 + 8 .It’s funny how we fall in these kind of traps we make for ourselves.

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#2 posted 04-24-2016 04:33 PM

I hear you both and totally concur.

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#3 posted 04-24-2016 10:02 PM

Yes, I’m with you. I built a small table a few years back and didn’t pull out the tape measure or make any drawings. I used the guidance of “looks good to me” for dimensions. A simple finish as well. It’s one of my wife’s favorite pieces. It reminded me of the days when I would watch my father build things with a few tools in his small shop. He was a master of keeping it simple.

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