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WoodNuts

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1218 days ago

Care to share what you, in retrospect, would do over with your projects?

-- ...there's a fix fer dat...


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CharlieM1958

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#1 posted 1218 days ago

Not enough time and space to answer that. I don’t think I’ve ever done a project that I couldn’t look back and wish I’d done something a little better or differently.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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richgreer

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#2 posted 1218 days ago

There are very few projects that I look back on and not think of something I would do differently if I were doing it again.

In the last year I’ve evolved into using hand tools more, often using hand planes and/or scrapers and sanding less. I often look back to earlier projects and regret that I had not discovered hand tools earlier.

I also finish a project better now than I used to.

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

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dbhost

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#3 posted 1218 days ago

I am having to do-over an urn for my late Labrador Retriever Deacon. The lid and base of the box are mitered frames and there is a panel in the base, the lid is a raised panel. I had some setup issues on my router table that I didn’t notice which made for non straight cuts.

Perfectly good walnut and cherry shot to Houston in summer…

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com

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dbhost

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#4 posted 1218 days ago

Another one, not even attempt to cut dovetails in Home Depot project pine. This stuff is worse than Balsa. Come to think of it, trying to use that stuff in the first place…

Trimming the edges on my drill press table, there is a dip where the router slipped a hair due to lack of support on the edge. I should have set up some sort of support on that. Live and learn…

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com

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Jack_T

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#5 posted 1218 days ago

Since I am human and therefore not perfect -everything. Anything that couldn’t be done better is purely a fluke.

-- Jack T, John 3:16 "For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life."

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JasonWagner

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#6 posted 1218 days ago

Just did one. I made a box that I messed up the lid. I made it as good as I could then finished the box. After about a week of constantly thinking about the screw-up I scrapped the lid and made a new one with very limited materials. I’m now satisfied (not completely happy because I liked the first design) but I can live with it.

-- some day I hope to have enough clamps to need a clamp cart!

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WoodNuts

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#7 posted 1218 days ago

I hear you, but, here’s the thing

we ALL would go back and do it again ;-)

-- ...there's a fix fer dat...

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GregD

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#8 posted 1218 days ago

Hello. My name is Greg, and I’m an obsessive-compulsive…

I try to “own” the final result however the project turns out. If something isn’t working for me I either fix the problem or pitch the project. Otherwise I focus on what I like about the final result, or in the worse case what I’ve learned from the experience. Any obsessing about doing something over I try to keep within the context of doing “it” better “the next time”.

-- Greg D.

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Gregn

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#9 posted 1218 days ago

What do ya mean, DO OVER, aren’t they called PROTOTYPES to see if you really want to make one for sure.LOL

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

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Les

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#10 posted 1217 days ago

Finish, finish, finish, I have just now started to enjoy it. I continue to work on finishing the finish and that has seemed to help me along.

-- Stay busy....Stay young

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SnowyRiver

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#11 posted 1217 days ago

I’m like many, there is always something in a project I would do differently. Even on projects where I build the same item over a year or two I find something I dont like and then the next time I build the project, I fix it, but then find something else I didnt like, so it never ends.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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fussy

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#12 posted 1214 days ago

What I have learned as I go along is to take a little (ok a lot) more time to study the plans and plan how I’m going to execute. I have a tendancy to rush in and paint myself into a corner when a little more thinking could have prevented the problem. I get a lot of ideas and perspective from you all. Every suggestion, every bit of experience shared here makes me think a little harder. No small feat. Thank you all.

Steve

-- Steve in KY. 44 years so far with my lovely bride. Think I'll keep her.

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devann

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#13 posted 1214 days ago

Do over? There is always something that I feel I could’ve done better. Get it “right” that’s possible, get it “perfect” impossible. But I keep trying. I know I’ll never make a perfect project, but I have a good time trying. Who knows maybe someday?.... yeah, someday in my dreams.

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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bb71

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#14 posted 1214 days ago

Here’s a do over for you…

I built a small bathroom vanity and matching mirror for a customer’s powder room. The carcass was birch ply and the face frame / doors and mirror were initially red oak and eventually hard maple. I asked the customer to pick the wood and stain she’d like and let me know. She chose red oak and I think it was Minwax Dark Walnut. So I make the pieces and take them to the customer. She’s takes a look at it and says that’s not going in my house. OK – well you picked the wood and stain so what do we do now. I’d already done about 7K worth of work for her and had about another 5K lined up. We ended up deciding she would provide the new materials and I would not charge to remake the face and mirror. I accepted some of the blame because I should have provided samples of the final product. OK lesson learned.

So I rebuild everything using hard maple. I provided samples of the final finish (with a totally different stain that she picked). Excellent we’re all set and she’s very happy. I used a water based stain on the rebuilt pieces. Wouldn’t you know, I blotched the stain so bad that I ended up scrapping it and redoing it again. Third time’s a charm. It came out perfect and the customer was happy. Me on the other hand, trippled my labour and doubled my materials cost. Live and learn! I did get the extra 5K in work though and a very happy customer.

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WibblyPig

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#15 posted 1214 days ago

I have the same guts and face of a mantle clock that I bought 15 or 16 years ago. Every 3 or 4 years, I make a new case for it as my skills improve. I just bought a lathe so this go round will have small columns or pilasters supporting the top.

I’m hoping I’m never satisfied with it because that will mean that I still have something to learn.

-- Steve, Webster Groves, MO "A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in."

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