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Blog entry by LittleBlackDuck posted 03-21-2019 08:44 PM 349 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Boys and Girls,

It’s us chilli munchin’, vino guzzlin’ senile woodworkers that have developed a penchant to continually blame that bloody mis-calibrated tape measure for all our indiscretions…keep saying to the missus that it wasn’t me but the tape measure! Unlike the scientists, who are perfectionists and that’s how they’ve managed to split the atom as their slide-rules never ever failed (until they got digitised)… yet I still have trouble cutting my baloney sandwiches in semi-proportionate halves.

Well this time the tape measure has been acquitted by the jury, without the need for parole… parole in general is currently a predominant sore point here in Australia). Anyway, this peanus beanus (cest est moi, Richard Cranium), measured it right, checked it right, double checked it right, re-checked it right, got an independent 3rd. party consultant to check-check it right, even got the missus to run her evil eye (sorry I meant eagle eye) over it, cut it right, confirmed it was cut right, aligned it right, dovetailed it right and stuffed up the final alignment when it came to routing the trench for the top and bottom inserts.

I aligned the knot and in a lapse of mental disorientation I used those edges for the outsides rather than the opposite side.. DOH!

Not worthy of a project post but (or maybe too embarrassing) it’s still worthy of heralding a grossly over promoted Major-General OOPSIE!

This was destined to be a very basic box for my office’s Brother P-Touch (bet you were wondering where the title came from)… how could one have stuffed it up so easily… I have come to the revelation that not all ducks know the way South and some can get their feathers ruffled with a well directed shotgun blast to the north end of a south facing Chenonetta jubata .

FAIW, my original P-Touch Box (different P-Touch model) would have been a more worthy proponent of a post and might deserve an honourable mention here,

I finally decided that laser engraving an image of the label maker may take observing gazes away from the knot up.

Turning it upside down didn’t hide the knot separation,

Opening the box only made the separation further apart,

Placing SORRY label on the side of the box didn’t cut the mustard either, but if I had a bigger label maker they could hide the knots,

Be complacent in the knowledge that we all stuff up… and unfortunately there are times we just can’t fully disguise it.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD



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Dave Polaschek

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#1 posted 03-21-2019 08:59 PM

If you stand it on edge, the split knot almost looks like crossed eyes. Perhaps that’s the solution.

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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robscastle

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#2 posted 03-21-2019 09:05 PM

Brother, they look all fine to me.
I would be posting both as worthy projects.
I have seen worse and done worse
For example:-
1. https://www.lumberjocks.com/robscastle/blog/77874
2. https://www.lumberjocks.com/robscastle/blog/50970.

When I was in Sydney my son had a bloody tape measure 100 mm shorter.
apparently the end clip broke off so he reattached it at the 100 mm mark
I suggested he trash it and buy another one.
His reply was thats not the point.
I decided not to continue the conversation.

-- Regards Rob

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GR8HUNTER

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#3 posted 03-21-2019 09:14 PM

im not sure what your talking about Ducky and Rob I NEVER MESS UP ROTFLMAO :<)))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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Pjonesy

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#4 posted 03-21-2019 11:06 PM

Those knots add character to the project. The finished product looks fine to me. Well done.

-- Don't tell me it can't be done.

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LittleBlackDuck

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#5 posted 03-21-2019 11:19 PM

Thanks guys.

’jonesy, I love knots… I planned to have the knot in the middle of the side. When I split the box the knot was still meant to be a feature in the middle… It was when I trenched for the lid that I screwed up the orientation and moved the split knot to the outside… Not that it’s surer ugly, it’s just the fact that I took care in all steps except the last one… DOH!


..... apparently the end clip broke off so he reattached it at the 100 mm mark
- robscastle

Hell rc, that son o’ urs is a chip of the old block… Do you realise he saves 100mm of timber with each cut… Over the years that would add up to a small fortune… and a large one if he uses exotics.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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LittleBlackDuck

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#6 posted 03-22-2019 01:21 AM



If you stand it on edge….
- Dave Polaschek

Hey DP, I’ve been fighting a losing battle with people posting sideways photos… now you’re suggesting me going against my grain and putting it on its side… dang, the tape will fall out before I get a chance to put print on it…

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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ralbuck

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#7 posted 03-22-2019 01:35 AM



Those knots add character to the project. The finished product looks fine to me. Well done.

- Pjonesy


Nothing at all wrong with it!
Tape measures are over-rated anyway—cut a iota long and sand to fit always works!

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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Craftsman on the lake

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#8 posted 03-22-2019 09:37 AM

That’s why I do ‘KNOT’ use pine.

Seriously though. Here in Maine you can’t turn around without running into a 100’ pine tree; literally. I just had six of them taken down. All within ten feet of my house. Each one over 100’ and about 30” in diameter. The wind potential has gotten much more brutal over time up here over the las few years with the potential for hurricanes to make it to our area more often because of the warming gulf stream, so it was time to opt for safety.

Even though knotty pine seems to be more of a trend for things like kitchen cabinets here these days, many of us think of it in two ways. It’s good for framing things up like the innards of cabinet carcasses for instance because it doesn’t split much and cuts easily. The other way is that’s it’s junk wood. Don’t want furniture made of it and it’s not much good as cord wood for burning as it’s soft and gummy. We do love our pines when they are in the ground though.

Those of us who have lived with pine for so long, when we go into a house with knotty pine kitchens we think, “Couldn’t afford oak, huh? When putting in all that work to make them might as well use good wood.”

My apologies to all the pine lovers out there.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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pottz

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#9 posted 03-27-2019 05:11 PM

no email notifications so im late to the party duckie.your right buddy id take that box out and smash it with a sledge hammer,the horror! just kiddin,i agree the the knot would look better together but it’s still a nice box and RC set the bar low for you so all is good-LOL!.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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LittleBlackDuck

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#10 posted 03-28-2019 07:35 AM

Damn pottzy... now I have to make (or buy) myself a sledge hammer… however, I’ll have to wait for the temperature to rationalise before a dare to go outside!

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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