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Blog entry by Michael Brailsford posted 07-24-2008 11:20 PM 1060 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Have you ever had one of those projects where you start all pumped up to get going and then you can’t seem to do anything right? I am in the middle of that kind of project right now. I am building a set of book cases and entertainment center for my parents. I needed 6 sheets of 3/4 cherry ply and 3 sheets of 1/4 cherry ply, as well as 84 bd ft of 4/4 cherry. So far things have not gone to plan. You know the old adage measure twice cut once. It does not help to measure twice if you don’t mount your jig in the right place. Sometimes when you just aren’t getting it, step back and leave the project for a while. It can give you a much clearer perspective when you get back to it. Or maybe the gremlins will have just gotten bored and left. In the end give a frustrating project a break. It might save you a $90 sheet of plywood.

-- Michael A. Brailsford

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#1 posted 07-24-2008 11:38 PM

Been there. Done that. Have a drawer full of T-shirts.

I hope some of the wood is recoverable.

-- BLOG -

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#2 posted 07-24-2008 11:41 PM

I had a project go like that about 15 years ago. Nothing went right. Turns out I think it was that my scedule at the time just did not allow me much sleep (working 3 jobs and school). I like to blame it on that anyway. I sure screwed up some good wood. I didn’t build anything for years after that.

-- JB

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#3 posted 07-24-2008 11:42 PM

Ack, I know how that feels. With the Wixey Digital Fence on the TS and the new Miter Bench my accuracy has improved mightily, now if I can just get that dang measuring part or proper setup down, I will be much better off on making sawdust.

-- //FC - Round Rock, TX - "Experience is what you get just after you need it"

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#4 posted 07-25-2008 01:12 AM

Michael, I call that “Brain Stall”. And it seems to happen to me more as the years go by. And you do have to step away for a break. I usually will take a coffee break in the morning and one in the afternoon, in hopes of avoiding a “stall”. If not, I always enjoy the coffee.

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#5 posted 07-25-2008 02:45 AM

I think we have all had that I usually grab the fly rod and go and have a cast or two in our local lake and when i come back it all is better or some times I just shelve it for a while and do other projects and come back and all usually goes smooth

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#6 posted 07-25-2008 03:53 AM

There are times when we all do that. I often do this when I am trying to “make one more cut” or “mill one last piece of hardwood”. We tend to stretch the construction process too far at times in order to get the project completed. When I start making mistakes that is the time I put up the tools and turn out the lights. (Which I do a lot of the time). :)

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#7 posted 07-25-2008 04:41 PM

Am there, Doing that…

Well actually I’m on the returning trip. I bit off more than I could chew and choked. I took a long break (to long according to my wife), split it up in smaller chunks and I’m back at it.

-- ~jtd

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#8 posted 07-26-2008 01:56 AM

Rocking Chair #5, the collar slipped and I drilled a depth hole too deep in the seat, plugged it and you cannot even tell I did it. Also cut one of the back legs incorrectly so I had two left legs all of a sudden, so that went into the firewood pile. While routing the rockers one started to split and I had to throw it in the wood pile. All-in-all I was ready to burn the whole thing.

That is why I run a 3-CD turntable or a timer, when the music stops it is time to leave…

-- Rich, anybody want a peanut?

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