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Blog entry by ackychris posted 04-21-2010 10:31 PM 1593 reads 0 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Aaaargh! I’m…not smart. I was just working on a tapered leg for the end table I’m building. It’s a beautiful blank, made from two glued up pieces of cherry. I tapered all of the legs on the tablesaw the day before yesterday, so now I’m working on planing out the saw marks with a little Buck Bros block plane. About halfway down the length of this particular leg are some deeper saw marks that it was taking forever to reach. Because I’ve only had two or three cups of coffee today, instead of my usual gazillion cups, I had the bright bloody idea of knocking out those saw marks crossgrain. After all, I didn’t care if it was a little less than straight and level on one side. Brilliant, right? A couple crossgrain passes, and the saw marks started to disappear. Wonderful! One more pass across the grain, and of course, naturally, this crossgrain planing did what it does best, or at least second best—a splinter, two inches long, a quarter wide, and a sixteenth deep, broke out of the far side. If I’d thought for even a second, I’d have seen it coming from a mile away and just been patient with my along-the-grain planing. Impatience kills cherry. Now I’ve got to decide whether I should try gluing that splinter back in, or use up some more precious cherry and glue up a new leg blank. I guess I’ll go take another look at it. But first, I’m gonna make another pot of coffee.

I’m going to invent a workshop helper. At random intervals, it will scream out warnings, like “Don’t even think about it!”, “You’ll put yourself in a world of tearout!”, “You’re spraying too thick!”, or “Back away from the workpiece and no one gets hurt!”. It’ll sell for 19.99, and be a big hit with anyone who doesn’t have a wise and wrinkly old man handy. Or maybe I could just rent out wise and wrinkly old men. It would certainly bring production costs down.

-- I hate finishing. I never manage to quit while I'm ahead. --Chris

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#1 posted 04-21-2010 10:58 PM

Keep this up and Bailey’s will be in the coffee…lol. Oh we all go through this portal of pain and then one day it all just all clicks and you considered a old pro…Blkcherry

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#2 posted 04-21-2010 11:20 PM

Most people do this kind of thing, few have the courage to admit it.

A coward

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#3 posted 04-21-2010 11:31 PM

I like your workshop helper. If it were me, I’d try the glue before anythign else. You just might be surprised at how cleanly it fixes up, as long as you don’t play with the splinter or poke at the joint too much. let us know what happens.

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#4 posted 04-21-2010 11:32 PM

Been there done something similar no worries just take a deep breathe and get back at it

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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David "Lucky Dawg" Brown

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#5 posted 04-21-2010 11:43 PM

Been there man!!!!
Too many times!
Sometimes its best to put a project down and do something else
then come back to it then glue it back in!

-- dumpster diver delux

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#6 posted 04-21-2010 11:46 PM

Well, today’s just not going well. I couldn’t get the splinter to fit back in very well, so I cleaned it up with a chisel and I was working on a patch from an offcut of the same leg when I sliced my thumb with my chisel. My head must not be in the game today or something. Time to take a break from it and regain my focus. Blackcherry, Bailey’s sounds delicious right now, but I better wait till I’m definitely done with power tools for the day. Then it’s your treat, right? :)

For now, I’ll just reset the counter:
Days without stupidly cutting myself with a bench chisel: 0

-- I hate finishing. I never manage to quit while I'm ahead. --Chris

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Kent Shepherd

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#7 posted 04-22-2010 12:05 AM

Thanks for the story. How many times have we all been there? It’s kinda of funny when it’s someone else though—-not the problems, just your account of it.

I am glad you can step back and “laugh”. When it’s me I usually want to scream and throw things, although I have gotten better over the years. If we learn from mistakes, I must be a genious!


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#8 posted 04-22-2010 12:21 AM

The shop helper is a very funny idea..mabye like one of those talking Bass. But some old grumpy woodworker.. I was working on a jobsite where we had a nice shop set up in the garage..And i would always forgot to flip on the dust collection before using the tablesaw…The dude got soo annoyed and grumpy..Soo than i started flippin on the dust collection when i was done with saw…Dude freaked..

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#9 posted 04-22-2010 02:45 AM

If you play music from an MP3 player in your shop, load up a bunch of those sayings and it will occasionally play one between songs. Great and funny idea. You should start a blog for suggestions on what phrases to use.

-- You always have tomorrow to stop procrastinating.

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#10 posted 04-22-2010 03:37 AM

Old wrinkle monster here, I prefer to be called, “Genuine Antique, been there, done that , can’t remember.”

PS you’re still in trouble.

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#11 posted 04-22-2010 03:49 AM

I have a singing catfish that sings [DON’T WORRY BE HAPPY] Oh and don’t forget the ketchup song anticipation is making me wait. Opps must be showing my age, I’m that wrinkly old man you were talking about. LOL Look at it this way, at least you can say you didn’t make a mistake, you just had a great learning lesson. I have them all the time myself. Like you said though you aren’t to worried if it was a little less than straight or level on one side. I’d glue it in place it will give it character and a story to boot. Hope the rest goes well for you.

-- I don't make mistakes, I have great learning lessons, Greg

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#12 posted 04-22-2010 06:28 AM

Welcome to the screw-up club. That is one of the ways we all learn…from our mistakes. Our mistakes make us concentrate and focus harder..learning and growing is a part of life.

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#13 posted 04-24-2010 09:49 AM

I was planing some oak today, first side when like a champ. Second, side, well, I forgot to turn it around. Plane stuck on the first swipe :-(( right into the grain!! :-((

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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Mark Shymanski

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#14 posted 05-22-2010 06:47 PM

When I read the title my first thought was “Welcome to the club” LOL!

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#15 posted 05-23-2010 05:19 AM

It happens to the best of us.


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