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Forum topic by trifive posted 05-21-2019 06:11 PM 549 views 0 times favorited 27 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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trifive

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05-21-2019 06:11 PM

Thought I would throw this out there for everyone to share their experiences. Am I the only one who, sometimes, has to start over on a project, make a new part due to being a lug head, or make several trips back to the hardware store to buy more supplies because I hosed something up? I find myself, more times than I would like to admit, saying things like..”Come on you dip shit pay attention” or “How many times did you measure that and you still cut it wrong” or throw a piece of wood across the shop because you carefully took your time and proceed to screw it up anyways. My favorite saying to myself is “Tod how can you be so stupid when this should be easy.

I would love to hear about others trials and tribulations to, maybe, make me feel a little better.


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Bill White

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#1 posted 05-21-2019 06:34 PM

Well, I say that I have plenty of my boot marks on my own backside from making mistakes. ‘Nuff said.

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Keith Kelly

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#2 posted 05-21-2019 06:35 PM

Am I the only one who, sometimes, has to start over on a project, make a new part due to being a lug head, or make several trips back to the hardware store to buy more supplies because I hosed something up?- trifive

No. That’s one of the ways we learn.

Dare I guess there’s an influence in your past that has been overly hard on you and expected you to not make mistakes?

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pottz

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#3 posted 05-21-2019 06:51 PM

i dont think ive had a whole day in the shop and not made at least one boo boo,most are small and no big deal but sometimes….....well let me just say it’s part of the learning process and dont spend time worrying about it,just learn and try not to repeat what went wrong.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#4 posted 05-21-2019 07:16 PM

”Good judgement is the result of experience. A lot of experience is the result of bad judgement.”

That holds true with woodworking, too. One thing I have had to learn is when it’s just an oops and when I need to walk away and do something else. I’m more cognizant of when my mind is wandering and mistakes likely to happen. Not that long ago, I would try to push through and make things worse. Now, I find that it’s OK to put something aside and do a task that requires less concentration, like cleaning up or simple equipment maintenance. If all else fails, I can just take a nap. :-)

-- https://www.jtplaneworks.com - In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice, there is.

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MSquared

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#5 posted 05-21-2019 07:45 PM

Geeez! I could have sworn that was dead-nuts-on 45 deg’s!!!!

-- Marty, Long Island, NY

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Steve

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#6 posted 05-21-2019 08:00 PM

My favorite saying is “I’ve cut that twice and it’s still too short”

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trifive

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#7 posted 05-21-2019 10:17 PM

It doesn’t help that I am a super perfectionist…..got that one from my dad. We both, when doing home repair to furniture building, would show people the finished result and proceed to point out all of the flaws and perceived mistakes. Most people say if you hadn’t pointed it out we never would have noticed.

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MSquared

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#8 posted 05-21-2019 10:28 PM

Yep!! ;>)

-- Marty, Long Island, NY

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CarlosInTheSticks

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#9 posted 05-21-2019 10:51 PM

It happens, usually when I stay up to late and get up to early, two cups of coffee and I figure I’m ready, NOT. I have often measured twice and cut once, oops the tape measure was upside down and I took the 6 for a 9, oh well measure 4 times and cut twice, LOL.

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therealSteveN

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#10 posted 05-22-2019 12:14 AM

If I can, I NEVER use a tape measure. Story sticks, measured blocks, and anything except a tape to make cuts.

Go in with 10 fangers, and come out the same is my goal. I don’t know anyone that doesn’t make a mistake once in a while. The more you make, the better educated you become, and with that you will make less, but this is always looking forward 3 steps, and sometimes you are so busy looking at one thing, another goes zip, and gets past ya.

Someone tells you they NEVER make a mistake, well, Mom told me to never call anyone a liar SO….......

-- Think safe, be safe

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CarlosInTheSticks

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#11 posted 05-22-2019 12:41 AM

Wow Steve it must be hard living in your world. My world will always have a tape measure and the occasional mistake when I should be better rested in it, lol.

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wood2woodknot

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#12 posted 05-22-2019 03:49 AM



It doesn t help that I am a super perfectionist…..got that one from my dad. We both, when doing home repair to furniture building, would show people the finished result and proceed to point out all of the flaws and perceived mistakes. Most people say if you hadn t pointed it out we never would have noticed.

- trifive


There are flaws and mistakes, and then there are character features. If you have to point it out for someone, it’s not a flaw, it’s character.

-- ajh

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Knockonit

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#13 posted 05-22-2019 03:56 AM

well now, didn’t realize i was in a club with such talented indviduals, hehehe, i’ve make my share of uh ohs, forgot to pick up this and that, made mutiple trips in just one day to discover i still hadn’t accomplished a goal. so, it happens, i jsut start off on another adventure and hope it ends well.
life happens for sure.
Rj in az

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Tony_S

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#14 posted 05-22-2019 10:23 AM

You want a test of patience….try being a perfectionist and dealing (everyday) with a shop full of OTHER peoples mistakes, as well as your own.

I’m surprised I’ve never gone to jail….

-- It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it. Aristotle

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mudflap4869

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#15 posted 05-22-2019 11:35 AM

17 miles to the lumber store and you get home with the wrong parts (twice in one day). Get in a hurry and you will definitely screw up, every time.

-- Still trying to master kindling making

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