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MT_Stringer

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02-06-2014 08:20 PM

Topic tags/keywords: humor question

Is it just me? Some days I just can’t seem to do things right. I don’t think I am dyslexic but sometime I wonder.

The router table requires some pieces must be run past the bit face down. So I have to figure out which will be the good side and place it face down on the stack.

Face frames are assembled with pocket holes so the good side must be face down. Somehow I don’t always drill the holes on the back side. :-(

Cutting plywood for cabinets. Dang it, dang it. dang it. When one measurement is 23 1/4 and the other is 22, stuff happens…more often than not. :-(

I cut the pieces to final width and length for three cabinets – two were identical and one was smaller (shorter and narrower). Well, I made the small one shorter, wider and not as deep. Had to make another one! :-(

And don’t get me started on cutting the notch for the toe kick. I am getting pretty good at transposing the measurements on those.

And mirror images for cutting dadoes. UGH! How many left side only pieces do I really need?

So, is it just me or what? Some days I wonder. :-(

Hope you got a laugh out of this comedy of errors I have going on.

Note: I do try to mark my pieces but I am also pretty good at marking them wrong!

Mike

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas


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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 02-06-2014 08:37 PM

If a mistake can be made, I have made it. I have threatened to fire myself a couple times.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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willie

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#2 posted 02-06-2014 08:40 PM

They’re not mistakes, just learning opportunities!

-- Every day above ground is a good day!!!

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MT_Stringer

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#3 posted 02-06-2014 08:50 PM

Dang Willie, this learning stuff is killing me! :-) I have always heard that experience is what you get when you didn’t get it right the first time. UGH!

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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willie

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#4 posted 02-06-2014 08:51 PM

I should be a LOT smarter!!!

-- Every day above ground is a good day!!!

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MT_Stringer

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#5 posted 02-06-2014 10:33 PM

“If a mistake can be made, I have made it. I have threatened to fire myself a couple times.”

Now that’s funny right there.

Here is an example of what I am talking about. These cabinets are identical and since these are all drawers, it doesn’t matter, but dangit!

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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Roger

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#6 posted 02-07-2014 01:53 PM

I set up a stop block on the drill press table, drilled 2 different pieces of identical sized woods of 2 different species (Walnut & Oak), and the holes were NOT exact….. How’s that happen??

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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Bluepine38

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#7 posted 02-08-2014 06:51 AM

I have fired myself several times, but no one else will work in my shop, so I have to keep hiring myself back
and losing all that seniority and lack of retirement pay. I try to stick with small projects like the new front
deck and back deck, where I can concentrate on one board or plank at a time, fasten it in place and move
onto the next, then I decided to build some shop cabinets. Made the cabinets square, but the shop was not,
easier to change the cabinets the wrong way, that is why you have 1/2” carpenters putty. I think it is a
conspiracy between the gremlins and Murphy’s law with a lot of, I know I drew up the plan, but can not
find it now, so I will do it from the memory I left in the house when I went out to the shop. Let me know
if you find the question so we can look for an answer.

-- As ever, Gus-the 75 yr young apprentice carpenter

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MT_Stringer

1887 posts in 1885 days


#8 posted 03-01-2014 02:51 AM

Well, I did it again! :-(
I think I just might have to hang up my saw.

I have been prepping some material for drawer fronts and raised panel doors. I have all of the pieces cut to correct width and length. Today, I spent a lot of time setting up my Freud Rail and Stile router bit set. Test cuts galore. finally, I was ready to go.

So I started routing the stub tenons on the rails. there was just one small problem. I was routing the stiles instead of the rails. After ten were ruined, I realized my mistake.

Fortunately, I was able to recut four of the shorter pieces from the longer ones, so I only needed to remake 6 pieces. Since I am building base cabinets, I sacrificed two pieces from the yet to be built wall cabinets. I will have to remill those pieces when the time comes. :-(

What the heck was I thinking?
Tired and exhausted. I think I will go to bed and sleep on it.
Mike

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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a1Jim

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#9 posted 03-01-2014 03:02 AM

whewww
I’m not alone :)

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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BJODay

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#10 posted 03-01-2014 03:03 AM

Sometimes I will make a mistake for the second time. I know some people frown on this but it feels familiar and I get a cozy feeling when I travel down a path again. Then when I realize I’ve repeated my mistake I don’t beat myself up. I just think I’m practicing and this particular mistake is getting easier to make. I’m an efficient mistaker.

BJ

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willie

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#11 posted 03-01-2014 04:33 AM

Sounds like you have some of those same gremlins that have set up house in my shop for years!

-- Every day above ground is a good day!!!

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bigblockyeti

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#12 posted 03-01-2014 04:41 AM

Sometimes you just need to go back inside and do something else for a while. I made a live edge stool and the back apron extended through the legs at the top and to the legs below. I marked where I needed to cut and very accurately removed the part that needed to be left. I was displeased to say the least as this stuff is live edge and it would have looked exactly like what I was going for. I was very displeased after finding another piece of would that worked well with the project and I did the exact same thing again, it was almost hammer throwing time! Third time was a charm for me.

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MT_Stringer

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#13 posted 03-02-2014 09:43 PM

Thanks for the sympathy cards. :-) Things are looking up. I took the day off for some fun and relaxation at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo World Championship BBQ Cook Off at Reliant park. Good food and good friends.

Here is a pic of me sir, my sweetie and our long time friend Karen, who along with her hubby, John – “I’m just a cook”, are part of the Good Time Cookers cooking team. We had a lot of fun and the food was great.

Later we got to visit with friends at the Road Crew Cookers tent. Just making the rounds.

Oh, and today I managed to route the correct rails. Onward and upward.

Mike

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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Greg..the Cajun Box Sculptor

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#14 posted 03-02-2014 09:56 PM

I can do that also….

-- If retiring is having the time to be able to do what you enjoy then I have always been retired.

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