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Blog entry by janice posted 03-26-2010 05:29 AM 2223 reads 0 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Have you ever built anything you’ve hated from day one? Well, this time I have.
My entertainment center. Really just a TV stand now. But I was looking so forward to building this and started it over already once, well maybe twice. Nothing is going right on this thing. It should have never have taken me this long and all I want to do is burn it. I think I’ve learned some lessons with this project though.
I need a planer. That’s one lesson I learned. I could go on, but I won’t right now.

My husband would kill me if I trash it and start over again. That’s what I want to do. I started two projects at the same time. One too many. Even though they’re are like 10 on my mind for this winter. And winter is over now.
The side board looks great so far. It’s been on hold, waiting for the raised panel doors to be hinged on. Thanks to everybodys advise on how to build those doors. I did learn from everyone alittle on how to build them, but I still think we’re doing something wrong. I figured out how they go together and how to figure the math for the measurements. That turned out perfect. I was proud of that. I will try to show pictures later and ask what we did wrong. But hey, they are square and they look great. Just not when your looking down on them. I can show that in pictures and ask why later, just havent had the time. I’m sure it has to do with something with the table saw. I just want to learn how, both ways.
Well, after reading every sentence and rewriting every sentence, I’m not as mad as I was two hours ago. Guess this helped me. Maybe i won’t burn it now. Thanks.

-- Janice

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#1 posted 03-26-2010 06:22 AM


Sometimes we need to vent. It is said that we learn from our mistakes. If that is truly the case, I should be brilliant, but I continue to make colossal mistakes. We all have projects that we thought we should burn, but they give us something on which to look back and see our progress.

Being self-taught can be hard, but I have found that the library has many free resources to help. Our library has an inter-library loan service (most libraries do) so they track down just about anything you might want. (It’s a lot cheaper than buying a book or DVD and finding that it’s useless.) I have borrowed videos repeatedly to try to determine how to accomplish something.

I do hope you will be able to finish (and enjoy) your entertainment center. We’re looking forward to seeing your sideboard.

-- “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” Benjamin Franklin -- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#2 posted 03-26-2010 06:59 AM

Been there, done that and the half I kept is in the dining room. Built a server/cupboard once but when I got it into the dining room, the proportions were terrible. Ended up cutting off upper drawer and replacing the top. Looks better but…

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#3 posted 03-26-2010 07:29 AM

what if you trash what you did…burn it..sink it in the lake…and have some furniture delivered while your husband is at work…he might look at it and wonder why it doesnt look as good as what you normaly do….

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#4 posted 03-26-2010 07:46 AM

Yeah, i’ve been there, too. So far, with projects like that, I’ve been just putting them aside for a few weeks or months until I can stand to look at them again. I made a box for my mom this summer, and it was bloody terrible. Way-too-thick red oak, mitered corners that gaped probably a full 16th on every corner, bad proportions….I stopped before making a lid, and refused to look at it until a couple weeks ago. All its flaws took all of 10 minutes to fix/hide, and now it looks pretty good. Sometimes all you need is some time away from it. On the other hand, sometimes all you need is a fire. I’ve been that route, too. Come to think of it, I don’t have any actual wisdom to impart on this one. Hmmm. Oh well. Good luck, and don’t work on it while you’re frustrated—it always makes it worse.

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

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#5 posted 03-26-2010 10:11 AM

I can realy feel with you but in a little other area than
I have done a few small wooden things I wish I never
had finished and delivered as gift for the fammely
during the years
but the thing I realy hate is when I rebild/remolling
a house and have used too long time in the same room
becourse I want to do every things by myself then
suddently I slow so much down that I nearly completly
stop and walk around like a made dog wondering what
next and what the H… am I doing here
speciel when I did the kitchen in aur brickhouse where
I had to replastre nearly all walls and have moved the
door 1½ fod and cuold see the concreet floor in the basement
at the same cuold see the roof on third floor
It toke mee nearly to years to compleet becourse
at that time I cuold only work on it every third or every
fith day a copple of ours
and fourteen days before we moved in the beloved saw it
and screamed is this my new kitchen and sat down and cry
but it was finished the day before we moved in (nearly)
I hated that room at that time but it went out realy great

so don´t give up the hope on the piece yet
you can always make a new one when you have completed
all the other on your have to do list :—)


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#6 posted 03-26-2010 11:47 AM

Hey Janice,
Your project may not be what you wanted this time but you have learned different skills and techniqes on the way so your next creation will be a lot better and more pleaseing to you….being fussy is no burden to carry.

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#7 posted 03-26-2010 12:54 PM

I’ve made mistakes on some projects, but most people won’t even notice it

unless you tell them. Over the years, you won’t even notice them yourself.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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David Craig

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#8 posted 03-26-2010 01:00 PM

This was a complicated project, so I would not spend too much time whipping yourself for the lack of perfection. One thing about building an item, you become overly conscious of every flaw on a piece. You start to look at them as much more noticeable than they really are. I have one golden rule that I apply to my projects and people will hear it all the time in my posts -

If a project turns out worse than I hoped but better than I feared, then I am doing ok.

It is great to shoot for perfection as long as you understand that it is an unobtainable goal. Just take joy that each project takes you one step closer. So even though the goal is impossible, you make progress :)


-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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#9 posted 03-26-2010 02:38 PM

We’ve all been there, Janice. You do what you can, and take it all as a learning experience.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#10 posted 03-26-2010 05:35 PM


I am sorry to hear how disappointed you are with your entertainment center. Those little imperfections on my projects are frustrating when they happen, but I look at them as tiny reminders of the areas I need to improve. If I start to get frustrated I try to imagine a future project, one which is much more technically sound, and I envision looking back at my early work and feeling proud at how much I have improved. So one day you may not hate your tv stand so much, as it may sit there and be a reminder of how far you have come. Good luck with your next project, whatever it is.


-- Brian Meeks,

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#11 posted 03-26-2010 07:11 PM

That’s why I started turning… my mistakes still fit in the fireplace…

-- Steven

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#12 posted 03-27-2010 12:33 AM

Post the photos so we can vote.

-- When you know better you do better.

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#13 posted 03-27-2010 12:38 AM

I barely have time to answer this. I can’t play on here at work, now that I’m home we’re getting ready to go to the river. I will post photos of my doors, hopefully next week. Not so sure about the entertainment center yet. I do have to say, if I didnt vent here last night I would have maybe taken it out on my husband. Not good. Thanks everyone for your comments. I know eventually I guess I’ll like it good enough. It’s just not really what I wanted. Well, I’m off to a flooding river, just hope it stays in the banks while we’re there.

-- Janice

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#14 posted 03-27-2010 12:54 AM

Enjoy the river. Maybe when you get back the entertainment centre will look a lot better. I found when I work on something too long (fixing mistakes) I dont feel so excited about it any more.

-- When you know better you do better.

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#15 posted 03-27-2010 06:28 AM

Everyone has a project like that eventually. I just finished one for my Mom. She loves it. As I pointed out all the mistakes and changes that had been made, she stopped me. She said “only God makes perfect things.” Kind helped put it in perspective. Enjoy your river weekend. It’ll look better next week.

-- Karen - a little bit of stupid goes a long way

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