...dah, why didn't I think of that?

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Forum topic by tooldad posted 07-28-2010 05:15 AM 1516 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-28-2010 05:15 AM

Topic tags/keywords: skill tecniques tips

Just thought I would open discussion of all those little things that once we see or hear about we go, “dah, why didn’t I think of that?”

I’ll start…

When installing drawer fronts to the boxes, I have always aligned the front in relationship that looks good to the face frame. I then put a drywall screw in each of the 2 handle/pull mounting holes to pull the drawer box up against the front, then open the drawer and insert screws from the inside. Finally, remove the drywall screws and install the pull.

Came across the current kitchen I am working on, and the people we are building it for wanted a single screw knob. Well, the drawer front can pivot using the technique described. My co-worker, said we can use double stick tape applied to the front of the box to keep the drawer from pivoting as the drywall screw goes in.

I said, ...dah, why didn’t I think of that?

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#1 posted 07-28-2010 06:11 AM

That’s why some woodworkers have red foreheads…..duh….slap ;-)

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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#2 posted 07-28-2010 02:27 PM

This has to be one of the dumbest things I ever did – but I really did it and the readers may get a laugh out of this.

I bought a new dust chute to attach to my planer. It needed to be mounted with some small screws. When I looked at where the screw holes were I could see that I would have to work in a very narrow space. I rigged up a screwdriver tip on a small ratchet wrench to get into the space and turn the screws. It was very hard to do and very frustrating. Eventually, I was successful.

Then I went to use the planner and cranked the cutter head up to the right height for the board. As I cranked the cutter head up I saw that narrow space widen nicely.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#3 posted 07-28-2010 06:12 PM

Following a plan!!

My first big wood project was a tv entertainment center that I wanted to build mounted to the wall. I was not into woodworking at the time and have very limited tools. I also didn’t have any type of plan. I just started screwing wood together. I cant even tell you how many times I had to re cut boards or change things once I learned they would not work… The project took me a couple weeks. Every day I look at it and say “Why didn’t I think of this or that before I started building it” Had I drawn up some kind of plan first or even followed one, the project would have gone so much better. It was after building this that I got into woodworking. I knew that it could be done better and I wanted to learn so bad. I hated myself for not knowing how to do the things I wanted to do so I started learning.

-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"

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#4 posted 07-29-2010 12:33 AM

LoL Rich, Boy can I relate to your planer story. I was doing something on my jointer and couldn’t get the infeed table to raise or lower more than a fraction of an inch. I spent a week trying to figure out what was wrong with it. After a week went by I was getting ready to tear the whole thing apart to find the cause of what was wrong. What I forgot about was the lock for general jointing position of the infeed depth. I pulled the lock knob out and behold the bed began to move. It was a big Dah why didn’t I think of that moment to say the least. The funny thing is I knew about this feature and forgot about it. I now play with my knobs before going into panic mode. Tooldad, I hear ya thats why I like tips and tricks and often think, Why didn’t I think of that. Its interesting to learn different ways to do things.

-- I don't make mistakes, I have great learning lessons, Greg

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#5 posted 07-29-2010 04:35 PM

My story is much more basic. How about not realizing you need to cut at the waste side of the pencil line if you want an accurate cut, instead of lining up the line exactly in the middle of the saw blade. Couldn’t figure out for the longest time why my cuts were always off.

-- As if I needed another hobby!

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