Years of Woodworking #6: Get it Right !

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Blog entry by Doug Scott posted 06-16-2013 01:42 AM 1033 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 5: Experience with budgeting Part 6 of Years of Woodworking series Part 7: Time , Experience »

You would think that a guy that has 25 years plus, building furniture would NOT make mistakes.
Let me explain: I started with a simple drawing , with measurements of what the customer wanted,and I don’t usually build furniture out of Pine ( Used it cause it was FREE)
I’m building a 4 drawer dresser with doors at the bottom, it’s a baby changing dresser.

First thing I goofed on , cut both end panels 4” short, 36” X 18” and after I had almost all the machining done.

2nd , I started putting the drawers together and one of the sides didn’t get cut square, so I had to go through all the steps for just one drawer side, I made 2 ( Just to be safe ) all my drawers are dovetailed too ( NOT a square box glued and stapled together )

3rd, Making the rails and stiles for the doors, some how I cut the rails 2” short , and Yes I measure twice
but some times get interrupted. ( Good excuse )

I did manage to use the end panels for the second set of door stills and rails. Not a total waist
of lumber. I was so glad when I got it finished and delivered I usually take a photo of every thing I build, So
I’ll have to get with the customer later to take photo’s. So I can remember that job !

-- Furniture By Douglas, Comstock Park, MI

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Jim Jakosh

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#1 posted 06-16-2013 02:14 AM

You won’t forget that one for a while, Doug!! I have cut stuff short lots of time. Luckliy there is more material laying around so I don’t have to buy it over. I know what you mean about finding a bad part far into the process. I had that today when I found two plywood box sides were just a little thicker than all the rest of the parts. They have to be all the same for lock miters. Well, two parts had to go through all the steps again.

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#2 posted 06-16-2013 04:04 PM

Doug, You might consider cutting back on the hard stuff while you are working. – Just kidding…I keep reminding myself that I am a novice – no matter how long I have been doing something. Happens to all of us.

-- "Simplicity and repose are the qualities that measure the true value of any work of art." Frank LLoyd Wright

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