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Forum topic by EandS posted 10-13-2011 09:06 PM 960 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-13-2011 09:06 PM

Good you think you have gotten.
How much you think you have mastered a piece or technique, there is always one piece that gets away.
I am making a birds eye maple contemporary shaker style side table with a drawer. A table I have made dozens of times! I somehow glued it up horribly out of square. Luckily my top has a 1 inch over hang on every edge so I am able to lose it visually through shadow lines. I did have a heck of a time putting the drawer hardwear in. Go’s to show never let your guard down even when you think you mastered something. ALWAYS be carefull. Anyone have story’s about this topic?

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#1 posted 10-13-2011 09:47 PM

The first table I ever built (a maple end table) was quite an experience. Everything seemed fine in the dry fit, so I added glue and clamps, and left it to dry. When I came back to remove the clamps much later, there wasn’t a 90 degree angle to be found. I pretty much had to saw it apart and start over.

My signature line is there to remind me to take my time. No matter how many times I have done something before, if I rush through it I’m going to screw it up.

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

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#2 posted 10-13-2011 09:53 PM

I got a story…

A while back I built a smaller work table/work bench to be used as an additional work top surface in the shop. Nothing fancy, just used some construction grade 2×4s and MDF for the top. I just used wood glue and screws to attach all the bottom frame/support. Got it all finished and when I put the top on I realized the bottom legs were completely off square. I mean waaay off. Everything was so basic I couldn’t believe it was so far off. I just let it be because it wasn’t a piece of nice furniture or anything… Well a few months after I made it I decided to go back and fix it because it bothered me every time I looked at it… So I took the top off and took most of the frame apart… Mind you it was glued and screwed so I had to use a hammer to break the glued boards off. I made the adjustments and put it all back together only to find it was just as off as it was before… I had fixed the first error that I had made but at the same time made a completely different mistake… I couldn’t believe it… This time I just left it though… I am just glad it was a shop table and not something finer.

-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"

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