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03-21-2009 03:27 AM

Topic tags/keywords: skill or lack of

So…I was in the shop putting stain on the forearm of a shotgun. I had worked on that peice for several says to get it back in shape. Finally had all the old stain off, all the dents out and had it sanded to perfection. I put the stain on and the color was exactly what I had imagined…it was beautiful and I was proud. Then…..right out of my hands, onto the floor. Of course, I was standing at a workbench instead of in the finishing area. What broke it’s fall??? A big pile of saw dust. I know none of you have ever experienced this kind of stupidity in your shops. Bummer!!

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

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#1 posted 03-21-2009 03:44 AM

At least you dropped it in a pile of sawdust and not on the floor where it could have been broken. Yeppers I have done that before and I think I might have said a few choice words…..............LOL

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#2 posted 03-21-2009 03:45 AM

I’m sorry, but I’m still laughing. I am actually laughing out loud for real even though I feel bad for you, but I just can’t stop. I guess it’s only because I know how you feel. I’ve been there, done that. Or close enough.

-- Dale Manning, Carthage, NY

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#3 posted 03-21-2009 03:50 AM

Oh. that is too bad. Were you able to save the peice?

I had a ‘oh s#%&’ moment like that. I was finishing a peice out on my deck one day using minwax stain in a one gallon can left over from a floor refinishing job. I was all done and really happy with the finish. I put the lid on the can and placed it on the flooring of the deck so I could step on it to seal the top. But, instead, I kicked the half-full can over, spilling the stain all over my wood deck. I used several rolls of paper towels to mop it up. There was a pretty noticable 3’x4’ stain left on the deck. I feel your pain.


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#4 posted 03-21-2009 04:25 AM

been there done that and feel your pain.

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#5 posted 03-21-2009 05:18 AM

more than anything you have to some thymes just stand back, shake your head and say, “dang that sucks”

been there more thymes than I care to admit to

-- wooley

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#6 posted 03-21-2009 06:10 AM

Well, I was able to fix it. You’re right Jerry, I’m real glad it didn’t break. And Dale, glad I could give you so much pleasure. Next time I follow my own rules and do ALL of the finish work in the finish area.

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

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#7 posted 03-21-2009 12:27 PM

This has the makings of an OPPPS thread.

I was using an Oil stain, Cherry to match the post legs for my Grandmother’s antique table. The top just needed a good polishing. Until I ended up setting a stain rag on top of the table, I thought I tossed it onto the finishing table. It kept going over the edge. I didn’t notice it until later, after it had dried a little. Now I had a rag stuck to the newly polished top.

Keep your individual projects away from each other. I went ahead and stained to top and repolished.

We are human and make mistakes, but besides time involved it is just more woodworking to fix them. :o)

-- Measure once cut twice....oh wait....ooops.

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#8 posted 03-21-2009 10:39 PM

AAAAHHH….got the stock finished with no dropsies!! Grip is all that’s left.

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

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#9 posted 03-22-2009 02:07 AM

This other Gary feels your pain. It makes me think it would be fun, and kind of a way to take back the situation to have a camera filming me in the garage every minute I’m in there. Then in a few weeks I can cut together the dozens of times I turn around and knock over a stack of wood, or drop a hammer onto something that sends something else catapulting through the air. Might make a fun little video. My favorite is when a chain reaction of things falling over eventually results in my cup of stain getting send through the air. Almost everything in my shop has at least some droplets of stain on it from these recurring moments.

Good luck getting it cleaned up again!

-- Gary, Los Angeles, video game animator

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#10 posted 03-22-2009 03:36 AM

yeah Gary, could be a winner on Worlds Funniest Video’s. Would have loved to see bentlyj’s video with that spray gun. wow…. video could be called “Out-Takes from the Shop” It would for sure be a winner!!

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

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