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Forum topic by Scap posted 08-18-2018 03:19 AM 1006 views 0 times favorited 23 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-18-2018 03:19 AM

I didn’t, and I pretty much wasted a whole board.

Had to share, because doing so makes the lesson sink in for me.

The board I ripped into strips a full 1/2” too narrow will get used elsewhere, but I knew it was time to turn off the lights for the night and wait until I am fresh tomorrow.

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#1 posted 08-18-2018 04:05 AM

And that is probably best cuz that’s when accidents happen and fingers get cut off.

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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#2 posted 08-18-2018 04:29 AM

Scap, I know exactly how you feel and have had to shut down for the day more times than I care to admit.

-- Mike - Waukesha, WI

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#3 posted 08-18-2018 04:36 AM

Hey scrap, it means measure twice before you cut, not once before and once after! LOL. Nah, just kidding, it happens.

-- Rick M,

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#4 posted 08-18-2018 05:50 AM

Been there. Done that. Too many times. On a positive note, your scrap wood pile will now be that much more impressive. Not as impressive as mine, but more impressive nonetheless.

-- "You know, I'm such a great driver, it's incomprehensible that they took my license away." --Vince Ricardo

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#5 posted 08-18-2018 11:42 AM

Knew y’all would understand!

Now, I’m waiting for the sun to come up so my neighbors don’t get mad at me.

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#6 posted 08-18-2018 02:47 PM

My biggest problem isn’t getting the cut wrong, but finding out after I made this perfect cut that I measured the wrong thing.


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#7 posted 08-18-2018 02:48 PM

Sad to have to admit this….but don’t feel bad…I heat my shop with scrap wood. Much of that “scrap” is rendered the same way!!!

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#8 posted 08-18-2018 03:21 PM

Ah, my friend, EVERYONE here has done this a number of times, so we can extend our empathy to you. I ‘d like to add that when I have material at hand waiting to be cut, not only do I have to make little piles of lumber for the respective pieces, I have actually started writing what those pieces are on the lumber in pencil. Example: “RH SIDE, Top REAR, and the like. FAR too often I’ve taken a piece I THOUGHT was what I wanted, only to discover later on that I’d cut the wrong piece down too small. Not quite so bad with pine, but it’s pretty upsetting/frustrating with better quality wood. Makes me say words I don’t take to church…...

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#9 posted 08-18-2018 04:18 PM

Been there, done that, got the T shirt, wore it out and even got a 2nd t shirt which is close to being worn out!

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#10 posted 08-18-2018 04:42 PM

What I love is that personal feeling of embarrassment then relief that you can keep all to yourself cuz 99% of the time you are the only one who knows. :-)

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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#11 posted 08-18-2018 06:23 PM

One of the most frequent mistakes I make is: When making parts that are identical, but of opposite hand, I cut both parts exactly the same only to realize they are both right hand. I’m in the process of making some parts in metal that have to be RH and LH. In haste, it is easy to forget hand.

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#12 posted 08-18-2018 06:37 PM

My biggest problem isn t getting the cut wrong, but finding out after I made this perfect cut that I measured the wrong thing.


- xeddog

Measurement is the root of all evil.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#13 posted 08-18-2018 07:31 PM

I like measuring and laying out dovetails, triple eyeball checks, quadruple confirmation-eyeball checks and then cutting them wrong – pin and pin, tail and tail.

Good times.

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#14 posted 08-18-2018 07:32 PM

Real Men Measure Once, Cut Once, Then head back to the Lumberyard. lol

Rick S.

-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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#15 posted 08-19-2018 01:09 PM

Yesterday was a much better, if abbreviated session.

Fresh body and mind, hot coffee, and good music playing through my ear pro.

Always seems I have less time to play when I’m in the zone.

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