Stupid Ideas/Buys of the past (so far)... #10: All in the numbers.

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Blog entry by LittleBlackDuck posted 01-12-2020 12:21 AM 864 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Boys and Girls,

We all like to brag about our achievements and sweep our failures under the carpet… well, my carpet has run out of space so I’ve decided to group my failures and mistakes under Stupid Ideas/Buys of the past (so far)….

Measure twice cut once. Hell, twice and once are two numbers not hard to forget… but as you get older… it’s the order you tend to stuff up, however, you may also need to remember thrice and quadriuply... any more and just buy a white flag!
For this blog, I should include in the topic, Ideas/Buys/PRACTICES.

Took the measurements and cut a swag of frames,

only to discover they were wrong… because of their profiles, they weren’t even “scrap-bin” fodder.

Took another measurement, made the bulk cuts and doubled the contents of my rubbish bin,

Unfortunately I cannot post my 3rd. attempt as I had to empty the bin for the new rejects and it’s content finished up looking like the first picture above.
Nevertheless, it eventually worked…

Not to be deterred, I eventually moved onto my next project trying to forget my mistakes.
Measured, cut and assembled a component out of layers of MDF,

X doesn’t mark the spot… it identified a screwed up item.

Measured , cut and assembled,

X still marks the screwed up itemS.

3rd attempt,

X still has the same value.

4th. Attempt,

same alphabet… changed language to blasphemy

Ran out of film in the camera so I couldn’t take a picture of the 5th. attempt, which was accidentally successful. Damn lucky I only needed one of these!

In the second example, stupidity was not due to measurement, but tossing the dodgy part in the bin before using it on the workbench to compare the new assembly against… 3 times!. Last time there wasn’t enough room in the bin so it stayed on the bench, QED!

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

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#1 posted 01-12-2020 01:27 PM


-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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#2 posted 01-12-2020 09:34 PM

Been there before. I’ve had a project sit unfinished for a month because I bought enough material to build it until i messed up many of the cuts. Got frustrated and just tossed what i had done into the corner and left it. The mistakes made a nice fire that evening.

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#3 posted 01-12-2020 11:30 PM

That’s why I seldom work from a set of plans…Wrong cut? Just change the dimensions!

-- tallpaul

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#4 posted 01-13-2020 12:40 AM

... The mistakes made a nice fire that evening.
- sansoo22

Now that WASN’T Stupid!

That s why I seldom work from a set of plans…Wrong cut? Just change the dimensions!
- tallpaul

Fair call t’p’. Unfortunately this project was for a coin collection, and I had an inkling that the Australian Royal Mint would not change the size of Australian coins to fit my coin holder.

For non critical projects I tried that, once, but a blanket chest turned into a matchbox.

Without our mistakes, what would our kids do for show and tell?

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

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