Wood Scrap Box #2: Measure twice, cut once

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Blog entry by CutNRun posted 01-24-2008 12:44 AM 1992 reads 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I actually measured very carefully three times; the bottom of the dado would be precisely 3 15/16” from the end of the board. I carefully routed all four dadoes, stopping at the right spot. Then I looked as the spacing, relative to the other grooves. What happened? I measured from the end of the board – exactly 3 15/16”. I looked again at my full scale plans and the measurements I had calculated – 3 5/16”! Dooh! Exact comments are deleted to maintain a family friendly environment. What to do. I only have so many scrap pieces. Well, it is on the inside of the box and the drawers will rarely be removed, so….
Using trim ends from the boards I made filler strips, glued them in place, and then cut them flush to the surface and sanded them smooth. Thought I would share the goof in the interest of full disclosure.

The next issue had to do with the desired wooden hinge corner of the doors for the jewelry box. The edges were rounded, the box joint fit very well, and I thought I had a good means of ensuring a true hole into the box joint for the hinge pin.
After drilling both ends of one door and side, this proved not to be the case. The holes drifted out of center as they passed through the fingers and some of the fingers even split. AARGH! More deleted comments. Heavy sigh. Now what? Moment of inspiration – I took both box sides and both doors to the table saw and carefully ripped them; removing all the box joint fingers. I didn’t make a mistake – this was a design enhancement. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it. I ripped some figured maple and glued a strip on each of the sides. We’re back in business.
All the parts are coming together. All have been dry fit and two coats of finish applied. Final assembly is pending. Surely I can’t mess anything else up – I mean I probably won’t have any more design changes now.

-- CutNRun - So much wood, so many trails, so little time

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#1 posted 01-24-2008 12:48 AM

Some good design changes there!

For the hinge you could have cut a groove down the centerline. Then put in your pivot pin and filled in the cuts with more wood.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#2 posted 01-24-2008 02:29 AM

Just roll with it.

-- I get out in the shop when I can

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#3 posted 01-24-2008 03:02 AM

Gosh darn it, I love this woodworking. You never have to worry about finding a challenge.

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#4 posted 01-24-2008 03:20 AM

Instead of ‘full disclosure’ we should refer to it as doing the ‘full Monty’ since it really exposes us.
Great recovery…erhem…design change.

GaryK has a great suggestion above. One that I’ll have to try next time I attempt the same.
Usually the wandering bit only happens in hardwoods, and only if you’re going through many
of them with a narrow or long bit. You can negate some of it by using a brad point bit, the design
helps keep it going true.

I really like the maple strips. They really set off the woods in contrast.

-- Still learning everything

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#5 posted 01-24-2008 05:56 AM

Great design and construction.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#6 posted 01-24-2008 11:36 AM

Nice recovery.

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#7 posted 01-24-2008 03:45 PM

I love listening to the creative mind at work—always coming up with new ideas, even in the middle of the process!!!

It’s looking wonderful.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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