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404 - Not Found

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656 days ago

You know how it is, you’ve just patiently sanded down the front of that door you made, flipped it over to do the back, then flipped it again to inspect and admire your handywork, only to find that the front now has an indentation from that glob of glue/nail/screw you didn’t see when you put it down to work on it.

I’ve had my fair share of last minute mishaps, including dropping a router smack bang in the middle of a desk about two minutes before it was about to be loaded into the van, putting things down on top of screws which I swear were never there, and absent mindedly drilling holes for handles in the wrong location (though I only did that once).

What have you done that you’re kicking yourself over? I’m hoping we could learn something from other people’s mistakes.


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redryder

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#1 posted 656 days ago

There isn’t room here for my list. I get where your coming from…...................

-- mike...............

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sras

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#2 posted 656 days ago

Cutting boards too short when you don’t have any extra stock

or

Catting a miter on the wrong side – and again, you don’t have any extra stock

Projects end up smaller that way ;)

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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knotheadswoodshed

151 posts in 768 days


#3 posted 656 days ago

I think my signature quote pretty much sums it up for me :)

-- Randy - "I dont make mistakes, I make design change opportunities" www.knotheadswoodshed.com

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lumberjoe

2824 posts in 844 days


#4 posted 656 days ago

I put pieces in a vice to sand edges. I like to sand down end grain to 600 grit before applying finish. There have been many occasions where I have applied too much pressure and left small indentations. Those come out with some water and some heat. The worst is not applying enough pressure and having the piece move around in the vice and getting all scratched up. I have to break out the 80 grit and start all over.

-- www.etsy.com/shop/KandJWoodCrafts

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teejk

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#5 posted 656 days ago

work on the backside first! keep a clean assembly table. leave enough room to place the tools away from the workpiece. let the machines (sanders/more so routers) stop before removing them.

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lumberjoe

2824 posts in 844 days


#6 posted 656 days ago

keep a clean assembly table

This gets me every time. No matter how hard I try I end up finishing, sanding, or gluing on my assembly table. One day I will learn my lesson

-- www.etsy.com/shop/KandJWoodCrafts

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Bill White

3340 posts in 2556 days


#7 posted 656 days ago

There must be something wrong with your work process. I’ve NEVER screwed up a project.
(Whisper in my ear: Yeah! Right!)
Now I have to figger out why my BLO coat (on a bench. Not my outerwear) won’t cure.
Bill

-- bill@magraphics.us

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teejk

1206 posts in 1280 days


#8 posted 656 days ago

Bill…I have a sign in the shop that reads “measure twice, cut it onc”

and somebody here has a signature that says “I didn’t cut it short, it was meant for a smaller project”.

my biggest mistakes come with the router…I only do overhands but I get in a hurry and lift before it has shut down (I know…it takes all of about 30 seconds).

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Gshepherd

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#9 posted 655 days ago

When I finally get close to the final stages, I will clean up the work area, I have several large towels I will use to put doors on and finish the face side last. Vacuum, having a couple of clamps with leather on the face is nice to keep wood from getting marred.

Router issues, like setting it down before it has stopped all the way, build yourself a stand with a big hole in the middle so you can sit it inside and it stands right side up. What I call a router cradle….

Been there myself and nothing is so fustrating and time consuming than fixing mistakes that should have never happened but hey it happens…..

-- What we do in life will Echo through Eternity........

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bladedust

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#10 posted 655 days ago

I’ve made mistakes on my mistakes only to have me drop something on it after I’ve fixed a mistake that created another mistake and then realize the original mistake was actually not a mistake…..and I am out of stock to redo the project to make more mistakes.

Confused?...yeah, me too.

-- ok, is it cut once measure twice, cut twice measure once???? I know....I'll just keep cutting until it's long enough.

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bluekingfisher

989 posts in 1575 days


#11 posted 655 days ago

Phew! I’m glad I’m not the only one to have such mishaps and that someone else has had the bottle to own up to woodworking mayhem. I think I have had a mishap on virtually every project I have built but as a friend of mine told me, a good craftsman can always make good.

-- No one plans to fail, they just, just fail to plan

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vipond33

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#12 posted 654 days ago

20 years ago I’m lying on my back under a sweet boardroom table that I built, fancy inlays, cross banding, the works – screwing the base extensions to the top. I call out to my boss for more screws and he hands me a bunch, I take them without looking and finish the last ones. He yells ”Stop, stop!!” just as the last two poke their heads above the surface. Since that day I consciously look at every important screw that I drive.
gene

-- gene@toronto.ontario.canada : dovetail free since '53, critiques always welcome.

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404 - Not Found

2544 posts in 1564 days


#13 posted 654 days ago

Thank you Gene, this is exactly the kind of thing I was looking for. A friend of mine did exactly the same thing attaching an oak top to the base cabinets of a breakfront dresser when he was installing it.
What happened to the table top? Was it a big job to repair it?

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OnlyJustME

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#14 posted 654 days ago

Just finished installing prefinished hardwood flooring and as i’m walking across the floor to put up the floor nailer stumble and drop the nailer smack dab in the middle of the floor. Needless to say heavy hard metal corners on the nailer leave some pretty nice dents.

-- In the end, when your life flashes before your eyes, will you like what you see?

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vipond33

1405 posts in 1093 days


#15 posted 654 days ago

Back to the shop, dig out exploded pc with dental tools, gap filling glue, hard press, light filler, paint on grain lines, re-finish. Never happened.
gene

-- gene@toronto.ontario.canada : dovetail free since '53, critiques always welcome.

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