|Forum topic by natenaaron||posted 10-18-2013 12:36 AM||1713 views||0 times favorited||51 replies|
10-18-2013 12:36 AM
In another thread I jokingly said I could participate in a thread about screwing things up. I got to thinking about it while surfing the projects section. I can’t be the only one that messes up.
There are lots and lots of threads about successful builds and restorations. Seems wrong to not have an area where we air out the dirty little secrets and prove we are all human. We make mistakes, and can poke fun at our selves. I will go first. I have had many screw ups over the past 6 months as I got back into things. I did not take any pictures so there is no proof. This is my most recent screw up.
I have been slowly working on a table. I have a fine set of book matched walnut slabs with beautiful crotches. (get your mind out of the gutter.) I watched some Youtube videos about how to flatten slabs, saw a couple explanations here, and watched a Fine Woodworking video. Plus a I stayed at a Holiday Inn Express. I truely considered myself an expert. I made the sled, I jointed and planned the rails. I bought the right router bit. I dusted off the router and went to work. As you can see I was doing alright.
Little bites, worked my way down the slab and WHAM!!!! the bit dug in, then caught the wood and flipped the router out of my hand and the sled. I was letting the weight of the router to the work so had a light hand on it. Scared the hell out of me but no injuries were involved. In this picture you can see the first dig in half the way up the slab. The curvy routed area was me seeing how much deeper the dig in was compared to my final height. Thank goodness it was not too bad. Stupid here did not think to figure out why, or how it dug in though.
When the adrenalin wore off I went back to work. It happened again right in the crotch. Of the slab. Jeeze people. Dug in a little over 1/2 inch as you can see. I cleaned it up before I thought to post a picture.
It is not a total loss, and there was no blood, but my pride took a major hit. I blame yooutube and the false sense of expertise it instilled in me
As for what was happening, Apparently the height adjustment clamp on my black and decker model POS router does not work as well as I expected it to. As the router was being used the vibration must have been allowing the bit to lower a tiny bit until it just grabbed and dug in. That is all I can figure is happening. I won’t be using it any more on this project. I just hope I did not lose all of the killer crotch grain.
So how about it, any other humans here besides me? Lets see your screw ups.