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Forum topic by Howie posted 06-26-2013 01:37 PM 1485 views 0 times favorited 28 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-26-2013 01:37 PM

I’ve been reading and making blueprints for 35 years. It seems like about every other plan from a magazine I try and use there is a critical dimension missing or I’m unable to combine other measurements shown to come up with it. Very rarely is there a scale that is usable. For the price of the mags now a days I would think they could be a little more accurate.

-- Life is good.

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#1 posted 06-26-2013 05:35 PM

Probably the same reason they have typos, misspelled works and sentence fragments.

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#2 posted 06-26-2013 05:49 PM

Amen. What happenned to spellchek?

And nobody nows where to, put commas anymore right?

-- The Wood Is Your Oyster

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#3 posted 06-26-2013 06:04 PM

Howie … I keep asking myself the same question.

Just like the factual errors I see/hear in the news all of the time. Why do I know this stuff, and they don’t?

I’m not sure if it is a dumbing down of society, or if people are trying to go too many directions at once.

The lack of attention to detail just drives me nuts.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#4 posted 06-26-2013 06:07 PM

About 15 years ago I used a set of plans to build a baby bed. Marked on the plan was a note to contact the author with any questions. I ended up with one question. I emailed the author and the reply stated, the answer can be found on the plans.

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#5 posted 06-26-2013 06:33 PM

I don’t use plans…I just use my ability to design and figure things out. It keeps your mind functioning better and your creative ideas flowing.

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#6 posted 06-26-2013 06:36 PM

Nice ones Crank and WoodenOyster. 8o). Whether intentional or not.

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#7 posted 06-26-2013 06:40 PM

Just in terms of writing errors in general, I think the online world has made the situation worse. I have a Yahoo email account, some of the typos, misspellings, wrong word choices, etc. on their “news” feeds are jaw dropping.

-- David

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#8 posted 06-26-2013 06:40 PM

Once I started building guitars, I approached Fretboard Journal about an article. They bit, as long as I wrote it, sent in my own photos, and received no compensation save for it being posted on their website. It did sell a number of guitars for me, I can’t complain. But I found out how cutthroat the magazine business currently is, and how thin their margins are. The pay sucks. Only the largest publications do any good, like Cosmo, some food mags, maybe Golf Digest. Most magazines run on a razor thin margin due to so much being available on the Internet, forums like this one, etc.
So they hire accordingly.

-- Tsunami Guitars and Custom Woodworking, Cleveland, TN

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#9 posted 06-26-2013 06:54 PM

I see it all the time in architectural construction drawings. I have notice that it has gotten worse over the last few years (decade). I attribute this to the fact that everything in construction is now drawn in CAD. Architects are not as carefull as when they did it by hand.

-- Paul, Duvall, WA

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#10 posted 06-26-2013 08:06 PM

I think Wood magazine is the worst offender in this regard as far as mistakes on drawings. I think spell checkers make things worse as people get lazy and rely on them and they don’t catch words that are spelled correctly but used incorrectly.

Here’s a tongue in cheek example.

Candidate for a Pullet Surprise
by Mark Eckman and Jerrold H. Zar

I have a spelling checker,
It came with my PC.
It plane lee marks four my revue
Miss steaks aye can knot sea.

Eye ran this poem threw it,
Your sure reel glad two no.
Its vary polished in it’s weigh.
My checker tolled me sew.

A checker is a bless sing,
It freeze yew lodes of thyme.
It helps me right awl stiles two reed,
And aides me when eye rime.

Each frays come posed up on my screen
Eye trussed too bee a joule.
The checker pours o’er every word
To cheque sum spelling rule.

Bee fore a veiling checker’s
Hour spelling mite decline,
And if we’re lacks oar have a laps,
We wood bee maid too wine.

Butt now bee cause my spelling
Is checked with such grate flare,
Their are know fault’s with in my cite,
Of nun eye am a wear.

Now spelling does knot phase me,
It does knot bring a tier.
My pay purrs awl due glad den
With wrapped word’s fare as hear.

To rite with care is quite a feet
Of witch won should bee proud,
And wee mussed dew the best wee can,
Sew flaw’s are knot aloud.

Sow ewe can sea why aye dew prays
Such soft wear four pea seas,
And why eye brake in two averse
Buy righting want too pleas.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#11 posted 06-26-2013 08:21 PM

LOL love it bondogaposis. What I have been complaining about for ages. Everyone of those words are “spelled” right so spellchecker did its job.
it is the lack of grammar usage that now prevails. Like:

there, their, they’re
it, its, it’s
good, better best NOT good, better, bestest
your, you’re

and I could go on

-- Jim, Tinley Park, IL

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#12 posted 06-26-2013 10:39 PM

RonInOhio, good catch, I thought no one was going to notice.

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#13 posted 06-26-2013 10:48 PM

”Amen. What happenned to spellchek? And nobody nows where to, put commas anymore right?
—The Wood Is Your Oyster”

I’ve gotten pretty good with the speeling… What I need for my computer is STUPID check! :-)

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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Joe Lyddon

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#14 posted 06-27-2013 12:02 AM

Several years ago, while reading a popular woodworking magazine, I noticed a critical dimension was NOT on the Plan Drawings.

I emailed the Editor (who was the author too) and brought it to his attention… would have been easy to fix because the drawing was in its own Page/file.

I actually got a reply.

”The information is covered in the article”.

I replied… in so many words… ”Well, why don’t you just make a simple update to the Drawing file?”...

Got the same answer!

The ONLY reason, that I could think of, was to leave an OUT so the Article had to be present along with the Drawing in order to be able to build the project… Forcing more advertising, possible sales, etc. etc.

All of a sudden I lost all respect for the Editor and the Magazine… which I no longer subscribe to… and will never again… even though he has moved on to other pastures.

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#15 posted 06-27-2013 12:06 AM

I think it’s the Texting Generation where everything is in a different language…

... Lazy English…

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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