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Forum topic by AaronK posted 06-11-2009 12:47 AM 669 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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AaronK

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06-11-2009 12:47 AM

So in the middle of milling the pieces for my lamp, i messed up. I did things symmetrically instead of what I’d planned… confusing to say, so i’ll point to the design located in my blog post here .

The parts I was working on are lampshade frame parts – the long horizontal pieces on the top and bottom of the shade. I was doing the mortises for the thin vertical design pieces that will float within the frame. the sketch below shows what i was supposed to have (LEFT) and what I have so far (RIGHT) – i havent gotten to the short sides yet. The left was designed to look the same (proportionally) from every angle. The right, if i keep it that way, will not.

messup

Question is now, what do I do. Redesign? Start over? if i redesign, say by changing the position of the verticals on the short side, what would be nice? So i’m just looking for advice and ideas of how to fix this botch either by restarting or innovating…..

aaron


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#1 posted 06-11-2009 01:12 AM

Part of being a master craftsman is using your mistakes to your advantage and no one ever knows but you:-)) good luck which ever way you decide to go.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#2 posted 06-11-2009 07:26 PM

I would re-mill and do it per your plan. Personally, when I do something like that, if I “fix” it, I always consider it less than what it should have been and only see the problem.

-- Steve, Webster Groves, MO "A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in."

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#3 posted 06-11-2009 08:12 PM

yeah, i think you’re right steve. i gave it a good night’s sleep and i think i’ll re-mill. i spent so much time “perfecting” the design that I’m loathe to see it change now. also it’s a gift for my wife. also i’ll be looking at it every day and will have that to think about. fortunately i have enough wood left.

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#4 posted 06-12-2009 03:03 AM

it goes so much faster the second time around, doesnt it? from rough lumber all the way to the joinery.

i remilled. couldnt live with how it was, and its much better now. blech!

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#5 posted 06-12-2009 12:51 PM

Amazing isn’t it? The second time around you’re thinking to yourself “I must have done something wrong – this went way too fast and everything fits.”

-- Steve, Webster Groves, MO "A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in."

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