Maloof Rocker - Padauk #9: There goes several months of work

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Blog entry by yellowtruck75 posted 11-13-2010 03:05 PM 4739 reads 0 times favorited 29 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well yesterday (Friday) I had off work so I figured I would spend the entire day in the shop finishing up my niece’s rocker. While moving her chair I knocked it into my bench which caused my Padauk chair to shift and fall off the bench. I froze and watched in horror as months of work went down the tubes. It took me several months to get to this moment just to see it all get ruined. I have assessed the damage and there is no way to fix it. The only thing I can do now is salvage the wood and make pens and bottle stops out of it.

I guess this ends my blog.

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#1 posted 11-13-2010 03:15 PM

Wow, I felt sick looking at this.
This is always my worst nightmare.
So close : (
Don’t despair, you certainly learned along this build,
and the next one will be easier.
Your work here is beautiful, start another, you’ve got talent !


-- Imagination rules the world. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte ~

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#2 posted 11-13-2010 03:23 PM

I was surprising not upset when this happened. Actually it took me several hours until I touched any of the pieces. I think that the reason I was calm was the fact that this chair was for me and when it happened I was working on a chair for my niece. I put her chair way before mine so I was truely happy that this didn’t happen to her’s.

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#3 posted 11-13-2010 03:24 PM

My heart goes out to you. I hope all goes well during the next build.

-- Doug - Make an effort to live by the slogan "We try harder"

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#4 posted 11-13-2010 03:49 PM

it hurts just looking at that ma’ man…but just shrug it off(reluctantly) and start again brother

-- Life is enjoyable especially when you borrow from people

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Jamie Speirs

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#5 posted 11-13-2010 03:54 PM

That is a big Ouch!
Glad you are getting straight back on the saddle.
I would be trying to figure a fix and wasting time.

Good luck with the other one.

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#6 posted 11-13-2010 04:03 PM

Truly a heart break for sure….a gasp then this sick feeling came over me looking at the pics.
No matter how big or small the project is the feeling is the same, sorry this happened.

-- Can't never could do anything, to try is to advance.

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#7 posted 11-13-2010 04:13 PM

THIS is exactly why I cover my entire shop floor with bubble wrap! Besides, I like the crackle sound when I walk…

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#8 posted 11-13-2010 04:48 PM

Oh! Sorry for your problem!!!

-- Larry "Work like a Captain but Play like a Pirate!"

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#9 posted 11-13-2010 04:57 PM

Oh man, I am so sorry. They are such beautiful pieces that take so much work. I’ve been admiring your chair for months also. I hope you can find the strength to begin again. Please keep us posted when you feel up to it.

-- You can't control the wind, but you can trim your sails

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#10 posted 11-13-2010 05:35 PM

i have a large firepit in my backyard – in fact there is a purple heart dovetailed box in it right now—god i hate that

-- -erik & christy-

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#11 posted 11-13-2010 05:39 PM

Man thats hurts, thats why I have a wooden floor.

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#12 posted 11-13-2010 06:11 PM

oh that is horrible.
I will cry for you.
Yes, the good news is that it was not your niece’s … that definitely made this tragedy easier to take but I bet you are still suffering through a grieving process.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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Tim Dahn

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#13 posted 11-13-2010 06:16 PM

That has to hurt, I really feel for you. I looks to me like you can salvage some of it, put it away for a while and maybe you can try again in a few days/weeks/months with a fresh perspective.

I read this quote the other day, I hope it helps you today.

”Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up”
Thomas Edison

-- Good judgement comes from experience and experience comes from poor judgement.

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#14 posted 11-13-2010 06:55 PM

that is one I cuold have been exploded over and no one shuold come near me for atleast a week

I think you actuly can reuse ungefair the half of it for the new chair
so your blog ainĀ“t finished yet , on the horse again , and make new parts for it

best thoughts

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#15 posted 11-13-2010 07:08 PM

WOW…amazing how much damage…..are you sure someone didn’t take a sledge to it?

Been there…done that though….got lots of pen blanks and inlay wood – probably could go on ebay for a month of sales on all of it. The wood is a bummer….but just as much of the problem is all that work….I’ve had a few where I was just putting the finishing touches on and the wood split…or cracks….etc…..then it is back to the drawing board…that is why every finished project is such an achievement….good…bad…or indifferent….if you consider how many ways it can go south on you.

The best thing is to get back in the saddle and try again…..If you don’t you will never get one done….and only remembering the disaster is not a good learning tool.

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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