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RussellAP

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603 days ago

Don’t ask me why I’m doing this or why I’m doing it this WAY because my only defense is the thought of what it will look like when I’m done…if I ever get there.
I decided to make a blanket chest out of walnut, oak, and padauk. I got all my lumber cut and joined and planed. I left each board a little long so I could give it a final cut to size while assembling.

Here is where I messed up:
First off, I had no plan. I made a glue up of a couple of 12×14 padauk panels and framed them with walnut. When I got done and was trying to figure out what I was going to do with this beautiful piece, it dawned on me to make it the lid to a blanket chest.

Second mistake, I made the base first. Then compounded it by inverting the boards for the base making the lid not even close to fitting. I’ll fix that by adding an oak frame around the walnut frame and then each wood will be represented on the lid too.

Third mistake, thinking that I’m going to use biscuits to join all this wood together. Biscuits are cool when needed, but I don’t really need them because my board are 5/8 thick glue will work just fine. I had to take a layer off the box and ruin several pieces to find this out.

Fourth, Whoever said finishing work before assembly is crazy. Never again.

Ever had one of those days?

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.


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Jonathan

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#1 posted 603 days ago

This all happened in 1-day? That’s when you know it’s time to put the tools away and turn off the lights in the shop until tomorrow. Sorry you had such a rough day! I’ve had similar days before. You really do sometimes just have to set things aside and clear your head and start anew the next day, unless you’re on some sort of timeline.

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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Clint Searl

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#2 posted 603 days ago

I’ve often built the bicycle while riding it. The result is always a surprise.

-- Clint Searl.............We deserve what we tolerate

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Cosmicsniper

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#3 posted 603 days ago

Wow, you’re a real screw-up!

Welcome to the club!

-- jay, www.allaboutastro.com

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RussellAP

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#4 posted 603 days ago

I think the main mistake was not having a plan.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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Jonathan

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#5 posted 603 days ago

Now see Jay, that made me laugh! I hope Russell got a bit of a chuckle too. Sometimes laughter is the best medicine.

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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a1Jim

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#6 posted 603 days ago

We have all had days like that. Sorry but I like to at least finish the inside of pieces before assembly . Sometimes even with a plan you end up changing it anyhow.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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RussellAP

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#7 posted 603 days ago

Jay, a good day is when I cut something and it’s absolutely straight. Today was not a good day.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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RussellAP

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#8 posted 603 days ago

Jim, I know myself well enough to know that no matter what plan I make, I’ll change it. I’ve simply cut out the middle man. My skills are finite but my design capacity is limitless and without it I would have little use for woodworking. My skills are constantly being dragged along by my desire.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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GrandpaLen

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#9 posted 603 days ago

My Father would say: “Son, failing to plan is a plan for failure”.

His Father would snicker at him and say: “Len, it’s not how bad you screw up, it’s how well you can recover”.

I say: ”Life is not the way it’s supposed to be.. It’s the way it is.. The way we cope with it, is what makes the difference”.

Russell, “Work Safely and have Fun”. – Grandpa Len. ;-)

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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#10 posted 603 days ago

the last day I had that resembled yours

was the first day I took control of my own

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#11 posted 603 days ago

: ))

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#12 posted 603 days ago

As Robert Burns said (paraphrased), To a Mouse in 1785

The best laid schemes of Mice and Men oft go awry,
And leave us nothing but grief and pain, For promised joy!

Almost 300 years later things haven’t changed much for mice or men!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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