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Forum topic by OldWrangler posted 06-08-2014 06:57 PM 996 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-08-2014 06:57 PM

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This idea for a topic came up this morning right in my own little shop.

I was making another band saw box. The outside of the case was interesting with a face of contrasting woods. The body was laminations of 3/4” BKP with divider strips of 1/4” Walnut. In sequence, I got the outline for the box half cut out when a nearly new 3/8” Olson Pro blade snapped. Well that has happened before so I changed to the one I would be needing to saw out the box with some tight radius cuts, 1/4” Olson Pro. Made my front and back cuts and sawed the box out and the Olson performed OK (still like the Timber Wolf blades better). Then the front and back came off the box and I put them up and drew out the shape of the box cavity. Returning back to the band saw I cut out the cavity and 1/2 way finished this new blade broke. I wasn’t forcing anything, it just broke. Now I have another blade to change out and it is embedded in the wood. And I am out about $40 for the 2 blades (my last Olsons) After a struggle with that and a new 1/4” Timber Wolf installed I went back to cutting and finished the cavity. When I went to see how it was gonna fit, I had cut the cavity upside down with the opening to the bottom. Well there is no way to turn the box around so I had to custom cut a piece off the discarded plug to fit the opening so I could saw open the other side. All is now glued up the drawer slides in and out nicely and you can’t see the screw up in it. But this box took twice as long as it should have and cost 4X as much.

Seems like these kind of “lack of concentration” error are pretty common around here. How about the rest of y’all?
Got any stories like this and what you had to do to fix them. Please let me know that I am not the only dumb-ass in the LJ crowd. Tell me your tale.

-- I am going to go stand outside so if anyone asks about me, tell them I'M OUTSTANDING!

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#1 posted 06-08-2014 07:28 PM


The rest of us are too vain to admit our screw-ups!

Seriously—- happens to all! Only the lairs never made a mistake!

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#2 posted 06-08-2014 07:38 PM

All the time my friend. I’m just good and fixing my mistakes. Sometimes.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#3 posted 06-08-2014 07:56 PM

I’ve said it before: “I don’t make mistakes, wood burns and you can’t prove anything.” All else is just “design changes.”

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Monte Pittman

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#4 posted 06-08-2014 08:53 PM

I have been known to not follow my own directions. It’s not really mistakes, it’s simply boards that were cut to fit projects that I am not making yet. :-P

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

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#5 posted 06-09-2014 01:07 AM

Yep, I made a bandsaw box with a really cool secret drawer. Only problem was the drawer opening was on the underside like yours. You fixed yours. Mine went in the woodstove!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#6 posted 06-09-2014 01:33 AM

Mine may yet go into the wood stove, it’s a ways from finished. Gotta see how the repair looks when sanded out and if the drawer still fits good. Tomorrow I’ll know, had to quit for today.

Monte, I like your excuse the best. I may have to borrow it. Fortunately the BKP in the box was scrap with little color and no knots (not yours).

-- I am going to go stand outside so if anyone asks about me, tell them I'M OUTSTANDING!

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