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Forum topic by KnickKnack posted 07-20-2011 02:25 PM 912 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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KnickKnack

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07-20-2011 02:25 PM

It’s well known that if you drop a piece of buttered toast it will land buttered side down on the floor (not sure about margarine).

I’ve found that, at least in my ‘shop, there’s a woodworking version of this…

  • Whenever I drop a sharp chisel, it invariably lands on the sharp edge, usually chipping it
  • If I drop a piece of wood with a fragile part, it invariably lands on the delicate part, often breaking it
  • If I drop a flat piece of wood, it invariably finds a sharp point on which to land, invariably piecing the face I’ve just spent the last hour sanding/scraping to a mirror finish.
  • If I drop a rag I’m using for oiling, it will float downwards, drifting towards the largest pile of sawdust on the floor.

Am I just unlucky, or is this a well-known fact of woodworking?

-- "Do not speak – unless it improves on silence." --- "Following the rules and protecting the regulations is binding oneself without rope."


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DLCW

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#1 posted 07-20-2011 04:28 PM

This is a fact of woodworking. Add to this:

When under the gun to get a project finished, a tool/bit/blade needed to complete the job breaks.

Lean a just completed board against the wall making sure it is secure and won’t move and somehow it will fall over (maybe a spider or mouse pushed it).

When spraying the final coat of finish on a beautiful piece, the sprayer clogs and then spits out a big goober that lands in your finish.

-- Don, Diamond Lake Custom Woodworks - http://www.dlwoodworks.com - "If you make something idiot proof, all they do is make a better idiot"

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KnickKnack

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#2 posted 07-20-2011 05:16 PM

>> maybe a spider or mouse pushed it

What a great image!

-- "Do not speak – unless it improves on silence." --- "Following the rules and protecting the regulations is binding oneself without rope."

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Rick Dennington

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#3 posted 07-20-2011 06:41 PM

  • I like the spider or mouse theory.....that could explain why things happen for no reason. All of a sudden it’s where it’s supposed to be, and the next it’s on the floor where it’s not supposed to be…..been there…done that on more than one occasion….By the way, Don, where I’m from in the South, a goober is a peanut*...lol.

-- " I started with nothing, and I've still got most of it left".......

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Don Johnson

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#4 posted 07-20-2011 07:35 PM

I’ve been learning that:

If you need three screws – you will find two (etc)
If something can fall and roll under something big, heavy and with a small gap – it will
If you move something with a cable attached – the cable will catch on something
If your power tool has a dust collection outlet – it will be just too big to go on the end of the hose
If you have a certain type of wood that would suit a project – there will be just enough (‘till you ruin one bit!)

and . . . . If I put something down in plain view, it will disappear into the fourth dimension until my wife comes in and points at it!

-- Don, Somerset UK, http://www.donjohnson24.co.uk

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Viking

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#5 posted 07-20-2011 07:54 PM

All variants on Murphy’s Law!

-- Rick Gustafson - Lost Creek Ranch - Colorado County, Texas

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Elizabeth

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#6 posted 07-20-2011 08:04 PM

“If I put something down in plain view, it will disappear into the fourth dimension until my wife comes in and points at it!”

Heehee…this happens with my husband and finding things in the fridge.

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KnickKnack

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#7 posted 07-20-2011 08:38 PM

>> If I put something down in plain view, it will disappear into the fourth dimension until my wife comes in and points at it!

Hey Don – I’ve seen your stuff there in the 4th – but where’s mine?

-- "Do not speak – unless it improves on silence." --- "Following the rules and protecting the regulations is binding oneself without rope."

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William

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#8 posted 07-21-2011 12:32 AM

Dust will fly towards the direction of your face, but only when you forgot to put on your safety glasses.
Your wife will have the best ideas on how to make a particular difficult technique easier, just as soon as you have just finished said technique.
You will run out of finish, about two thimble fulls before you complete the finish on your project.

-- http://wddsrfinewoodworks.blogspot.com/

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gfadvm

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#9 posted 07-21-2011 05:00 AM

You will break your 11/64 drill bit on the next to last hole of your project at 9:45pm on Sunday. Afly will be seen doing the backstroke in the 20th coat of poly when its too tacky to leve

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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Manitario

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#10 posted 07-21-2011 05:19 AM

If you mess up a cut, it will always be to cut the board too short, not too long.
If you drop a board just after applying a bead of glue, it will always land glue side down.

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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bubinga

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#11 posted 07-21-2011 12:16 PM

Why do the little gnomes always steel , the, blade, bit, tool, screw,nut, bolt,etc that I NEED ?
And only one sock at a time ?

-- E J ------- Always Keep a Firm Grip on Your Tool

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SchottFamily

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#12 posted 07-31-2011 12:37 PM

I’ve got 5 kids – I don’t need any supernatural forces to add to my dismay in the shop ;)

-- IZZZZZI BoB IZZZZZI

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