I don’t know if there are other members that fight this kind of disorder but I discovered I had this disorder late in life. This disorder makes many things kind of upside down or backwards when reading or doing some projects. When building projects there are days that go perfectly well and other days that everything you do is amiss .
Yesterday I thought I would build a small cabinet to store some of my finishing products in,I’ve build hundreds of cabinets before. This is not a large cabinet only 30” tall and 20” deep by 24” wide . This was to be about a 20 minutes job . Since I was making it for the shop I thought I would try something I hadn’t tried before,just doing a 3/8” rabbit on the top and bottom of the sides and the top and bottom pieces of ply to interlock .This went fairly quick , I ripped the ply to size ,then routered the sides for adjustable self pins,rabbited the edges. I’m now into this project 15 minutes. I’m thinking a little glue shoot some brads into the over lapping joints then I’m ready for a back. I go to put it togehter and find I routered rabbits into the wrong sides of of the bottom, dang!!! ok it’s just a shop cabinet I’ll just glue a couple strips into the wrong rabbits and rabitt the other sides,RIGHT?-wrong I had this cabinet together and apart three times because the sides were unequal in size either in width or length. The last time I took it apart I left it in the shop and called it a day. The next day I did something I normally do checked all the measurements ,checked my routeing and did a dry fit. Still off on side,one more trim and another dry fit and It flew together quickly checked square,good to go. I now only have 4+ hours in making one lowly cabinet.
As a woodworking instructor what would I tell a student went wrong? I think in this case I broke most of the rules.
#1 make a simple drawing #2 check your material for defects#3 double check all of your materials measurements(measure twice…) #4 don’t get in a hurry #5 check all of you milling (routing in this case) #6 always dry fit before gluing up your project # 7 use proven methods of joinery #8 Don’t forget the basics.
Can I blame this on dyslexia ? Probably not this time. :) But I truly have to fight this disorder and repair.remake or restart many projects because of it. The one thing it’s taught me is to keep on plugging along
I hope this lesson in humility can help others regardless of your level of experience.
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