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Lessons learned

by MrRon
posted 12-15-2018 06:09 PM

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#1 posted 12-15-2018 06:57 PM

Probably same as a lot of others.

Measure 3 times, cut once, then start cussing…...

Seriously, because of doing that I try to “measure” as little as possible, and use parts to make other parts depending on known lengths, and also using story sticks. Cause sure as the grass grows in the spring, you WILL make measuring errors, and then you will start cussing. DAMHIKT.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#2 posted 12-15-2018 07:25 PM

If it is something that needs to be accurate, beyond reasonable’ I deliberately cut a tiny bit long and then sand carefully to the exact size. Much easier to sand it off instead of trying to add it back on. My welder does NOT work well with wood!

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

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#3 posted 12-15-2018 07:33 PM

I have lots of “Lessons Learned”
problem is that next time I do it it may be 6 or 8 months later and I forget the lessons learned,
that is until I make the same damn mistake again and go…
Oh yeah….. :>/

My biggest lesson learned that I could pass on would be not to rush a finish.
Things always go south in a hurry. Stuff just has to dry, period.

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#4 posted 12-15-2018 10:09 PM

Too many to list, just thinking about it I’m not sure where to start…..

The finish is 1/2 the project (for furniture etc), so spend the same amount of time developing knowledge and skills as spent on designing/building, the finish is part of the design process.

Learn how to research/investigate topics. Dont stop at the 1st or 2nd source of info – they are many ways of doing things in ww. Easy to find what appears to be a good method, but has drawbacks the presenter doesnt cover because they dont realize it or intentionally “cover it up”. Think it through – does it really make sense?

Stanley Bailey design hand planes work great with oem irons and chipbreakers – no need for thick, expensive aftermarket parts. Learn proper tuning and sharpening.

Oil based poly sucks to spray – overspray turns everything into sandpaper

Water based finishes have no chatoyance, but oil or shellac under them can help a lot

120V table saws have enough power for hobbyists – a good blade and slower feed rate works every time. Time is not $ to you.

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#5 posted 12-16-2018 06:37 PM

Here is another “lessons learned” example: When fastening two pieces of wood together with screws or nails, you will usually end up with a misaligned result, like on a picture frame. To prevent this, use clamps to hold the pieces together in their proper position before driving a screw or nail. Once that screw or nail is driven, it is impossible to correct any misalignment. Take the time necessary to do it right.

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#6 posted 12-17-2018 03:27 AM

Many, but that is life… Most importantly learn from them.
For example $$$ of damaged bits- because it was ME who told the CNC what to do.

-- Desert_Woodworker

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#7 posted 12-17-2018 04:22 AM

DW is so mean to his CNC. That’s child abuse in some circles.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#8 posted 12-17-2018 05:20 AM

So quick to judge, young Alder Prince-
Look at the photos- there is no ALDER abuse in the test
When it comes to the final process- I only cut ALDER on my machine…

-- Desert_Woodworker

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