Workshop ideas that failed #2: A week of Learning from mistakes

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Blog entry by oldguy2 posted 05-15-2017 08:41 PM 3087 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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And how many projects break in one week? I am up to three. The dog ramp had been ok ( that’s not the dog opinion of course ) but as things worsened the old dog needed it more so the lever action of the support leg just ripped away and down went the dog and the boards. Lucky it was at home and no injury. My design hmmm. Now just a small rubbermaid step and she does great. I had to lead her up the ramp anyways. The trash can lid was next and made from 2×2 was not heavy and the trash guy would even hold it…I was surprised. Then I see one half in the can and one part on the can. It cracked not at my dowel joints but the glue joints failed, I could not dowel all the joints and it was only 23 inches at the center. Such a nice white and black paint. Decision time, how to fix it or into the wood burner ? Third was the new project. I am trying a 2×4 project, this is the test run and test video with phone on stand. So the little table is 3/4 wood strips but the rounded edges not full 3/4 and not the best edge to glue like I want the 2x to represent. So less glue surface means glue joints fail, glue ups curve. Not much room for full size biscuits and I gave the mini biscuits to the brother in law. The leg set I was sanding …crack. the cross piece I should have put the other way and a quick grab even broke Gorilla Glue. It was not the glue it was how much surface area I had poorly prepped….that’s learning from too fast a job or assuming it would do. Do it right the first time. As I said this is the test run. I keep a roll of toilet paper in the shop and paper napkins for cleaning up anything. I think I am close to sitting there, swear a few times and wipe out the tears. %$$4435^^^. I gave up profanity for Lent and longer, D——it ain’t easy. Learn from your mistakes. Check those edges. Dry fit the parts. Sand Sand like you live here ( thanks David Piccuto ) If you have to do the work over and do it BETTER. Oh and the video was great for woodworking resawing 2×4s in half Yeah !! just some gray haired guy I hardly knew and a bit overweight using a Shopsmith in my garage. That’s another project…Me.

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#1 posted 05-15-2017 09:40 PM

Sorry for your struggles.

... So, you couldn’t bring yourself to show us pictures of the failures?

-- I intended to be a woodworker, but turned into a tool and lumber collector.

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#2 posted 05-15-2017 11:39 PM

Sounds much the same as my building attempts so nothing too unusual has been reported there.

I have lost count of how many times I have made a little ramp for the step in my drive to garage floor.
No matter what I use the weather and constant use always beats me!

So dont be feeling too bad or beat yourself up un nessarily! we all experience annoying failures every now and then, but as we age its appears to get worse, cannot see, drop things cannot lift big stuff, cannot chase grandkids on foot and the list goes on.

-- Regards Rob

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#3 posted 05-16-2017 12:30 AM

Big smile, yes woodworking is also a lot about failing.
Or as they call it: learning by doing…
My last big bummer was a spoon, all carved, all finished, just wanted to correct a small detail, put it in the bench vice and crack… Fire wood. I don’t even get angry any more, perhaps the age, I just smile and start all over, or just move on to another project.
Don’t worry, be happy.
Best thoughts,

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

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#4 posted 05-16-2017 02:12 PM

I remember when we couldn’t find the nutcracker. Wife wanted to make a pecan pie, so I went to the shop and made a nutcracker out of cherry (with a bolt for the pivot). It was quick and crude – bandsaw, drill, spindle sander … In less than an hour I was done. It cracked the first nut. My wife smilled. The second nut cracked the nutcracker. A bit too thin in the high-stress area. I made another out of oak. It worked, but didn’t fit the hands and was abandoned when we found the real nutcrackers in the back/bottom of the kitchen drawer.


-- I intended to be a woodworker, but turned into a tool and lumber collector.

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Stephen Fox

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#5 posted 05-18-2017 10:41 AM

I find this all amusing as I never make a nistake.

-- Stephen NYS

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