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01-22-2012 03:07 AM

I was working on my first mitred box and it was going reasonably well. Then I cut dadoes for the top and bottom, set down about 3/8 inch. I had a real good fit on the bottom, but I picked up the wrong piece for the top – I meant to use some B-C 1/2 inch plywood but picked up baltic birch by mistake. Had to cut a new top, not to mention I ruined a perfectly good piece of BB. Then I cut a smaller dado near the top – when the box was done I was going to cut one from the other side to cut off the top and leave an interlocking top (saw that on Woodsmith Shop). I was pounding the panels into one of the end pieces and that end piece snapped right along that dado. I glued it back together, but will probably have to remake the end piece. I thought I might feel better after whining about it but no, I don’t.

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#1 posted 01-22-2012 03:20 AM

You should look at it like this, perhaps that’s all the bad luck you’ll have this year, and it’s only January. Chin Up!

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#2 posted 01-22-2012 03:30 AM

Nope, whinning about it doesn’t help, go do it again. ;^)

I can sympathize with you though, I’ve spent all day getting a part of a project ready to join together only to have similar results happen when I glued it together and got the big mallet to “drive it home” and seat it. Made even worse, I had an audience.
All I could say was “I know what I’m working on first thing in the morning”.

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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#3 posted 01-22-2012 03:47 AM

Being the eternal pessimist, I consider each step in a project an opportunity for disaster. This philosophy has caused me to slow down and consider the consequences of every step. And I still manage to screw up!!! That’s what makes it fun.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#4 posted 01-22-2012 05:48 AM

Like I said on another post consider it a learning experience or a time to get all those bad words you know out while no one is around :))

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#5 posted 01-22-2012 05:49 AM


I feel for ya’. I’ve made three attempts at a mitred box using Woodsmith Shop plans (maybe the same plans?). I now have three carcasses not suitable for completing. The first one missed the length and width dimension by a full inch, each. I’m not sure I could explain how that happened, even if I had to.

The mitres on the 2nd and 3rd boxes are measured 45 degree cuts, but they don’t add up to 90. I’m on a steep part of the learning curve. These are my first attempts at keepsake boxes. I hope to improve before my wood supply runs out.


-- Timing has a lot to do with the outcome of a rain dance. --Kevin in Happy Valley

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#6 posted 01-22-2012 01:49 PM


Someone here on Lumbejocks has a tag line that says something like ” anyone can be a woodworker but it takes a craftsman to hide his mistakes”.....ain’t that the truth!

I made the “ribbon box” a while back and it was some tense moments making those final cuts for the interlocking top….math skills get a little fuzy after a long day on the day job.

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#7 posted 01-22-2012 03:04 PM

Join the crowd, we all have them.
I’ve found when I start messing up it’s best to get a cup of coffee and relax a bit.

-- Life is good.

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#8 posted 01-22-2012 05:17 PM

Thanks folks, each comment helps me a bit. I especially like the advice that each step has potential disaster, I’ll remember that. And I’ve made the mistake on length too, and each time I step back and wonder how did that happen. That glued up piece is down there waiting for me, so I’ll go see how well I can hide the mistake.

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#9 posted 01-23-2012 12:51 AM

In my experience (the unpleasant kind), the one inch too short mistake is usually due to cutting a one on the tape measure then forgetting to take that into account when reading the dimension. That’s why I (and many others I know) started measuring from the ten inch mark instead of the one.

This is why co-workers are good to have around. The newest guy gets to take official blame for everything bad that happens in the shop.

-- See my work at and

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#10 posted 01-23-2012 03:16 AM

This is what the value of ‘experience’ is all about. It basically means you have paid your dues. So it might make you feel better to think of your experience with this box as a kind payment to insure that it won’t happen again.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#11 posted 01-23-2012 03:18 AM

Well, the glue held and I got the whole box glued up. It ain’t perfect, but at least it’s not firewood – yet.

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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