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10-26-2010 02:53 PM

i have slammed wood pieces across the shop for much much less than this, this week after long weeks of planning i started the process of insulating a part of my workshop. first on the list was to make new double glazed windows, if found the double glazing on the net for verry cheap, it came from a mistake on a big construction…
this is the first time i make windows, i haven’t yet learned it in evening school, but the teacher gave me the neccesary documents so i would know how.

made some sketchup plans, started monday morning, had 80% of the parts for the 2 large windows ready by late in the evening.
and started assembling the “sleeping frame” this morning and after that i assembled one of the opening frames.
i unclamp the second frame and before gluing up the parts for the third frame i can’t help but checking how the frames fit in each other.
and surprise, they don’t fit!!!

i quickly checked the plan and remeasured everything, and everything was correct, while the inner frame was too small!
took me 5 minutes to understand the mistake, on my exploded view i have given the height of the frame by measuring the vertical parts, wich is quite logic. but i didn’t take in account that in the end after the rabbets have been made around the exterior of the frame, that the vertical parts will be shortened by this rabbet.

for once i follow the plan exactly and doublecheck everything, and here you go… i can cut up the window frame for firewood and make all the parts again, lucky i didn’t glue the second innner frame, there i will need to remake only the vertical parts… aint i lucky

btw all the tenons are made in the tablesaw, i don’t have the equipment yet to do it with my shaper. so it’s quite dangerous and exhausting.

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#1 posted 10-26-2010 02:59 PM

Keep your chin up. We’ve all been there and done that. Even with the best drawings/plans brain cramps can happen. Step back, take a deep breath and continue on. I’m sure it will turn out great in the end!

-- Gary; Marysville, MI...Involve your children in your projects as much as possible, the return is priceless.

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#2 posted 10-26-2010 03:04 PM

I’m real sorry about this mishap, Greedo. We’ve all screwed up from time to time; I know that I have. There’s nothing really constructive that we can do about it except learn from our mistakes, back up, salvage what we can, and start over. I hope it all works out in the end and it is one of the ways that we learn.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#3 posted 10-26-2010 03:07 PM

I second Garyl on this
and bee possitive after all you didn´t discovered it when you had it all don
and was putting them in the frames after the glass was mounted and the outerframe attached to
your shop
then you cuold have exploded (been there done that :-(

take care

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Gene Howe

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#4 posted 10-26-2010 04:17 PM

Take heart. If mistakes are learning experiences, most of us should be geniuses.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#5 posted 10-26-2010 04:39 PM

My neighbors know when I’ve really screwed up something.

My vocabulary gets … very interesting, and I can get a little loud :-/

I’m sorry. Hope the end results are what you were aiming for.

-- -- Neil

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#6 posted 10-26-2010 05:12 PM

We have all been there. Keep chugging, you will do just fine.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#7 posted 10-26-2010 05:14 PM

Been there, done that. Good luck sir!

-- Ohh mann...pancakes and boobies...I'll bet that's what Heaven is like! ♣ ♣ ♣ ♣

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#8 posted 10-26-2010 05:17 PM

Know it doesn’t help, but I been there too.

Now put a fan on your head and you will have your heating problem solved. ;-)

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#9 posted 10-26-2010 05:22 PM

Now put a fan on your head and you will have your heating problem solved. ;-)


-- Ohh mann...pancakes and boobies...I'll bet that's what Heaven is like! ♣ ♣ ♣ ♣

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#10 posted 10-26-2010 05:55 PM

Ah, been there done that, I know the feeling. Hence my ending signature.

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

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#11 posted 10-26-2010 07:23 PM

tx guys,

LJ actually seems like a great anger therapy, the previous time when too many things went wrong i exploded and tossed a pretty heavy wooden beam across the shop and broke a drawer front, wich made me more upset lol.
this time i stayed calm, took pictures and got back home and posted it on LJ. and i waited an hour before going back. theres no anger anymore, i started making the parts again and used the opportunity to make a third window. it won’t be in the insulated part, but it will be above my miter stand. so i better have the new window installed before building the new miter stand.
theres 7 of these windows in total to make, but im only makeing the most urgent ones now.

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#12 posted 10-26-2010 08:17 PM

I nevir maak misteaks.

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