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    Measure twice and screw it up anyway

    Making a drawer front 41" x 3" x 1" and absent mindedly cut it 3" too short,,,,rats. The fix is surprisingly easy, I just glued the offcut back on. Endgrain gluing is surprisingly strong and invisible. I may add something to reinforce it but it really is not needed.

    Sometimes I enjoy making corrections. It counteracts my incompetence with a wiff of competence.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Bender View Post
    Making a drawer front 41" x 3" x 1" and absent mindedly cut it 3" too short,,,,rats. The fix is surprisingly easy, I just glued the offcut back on. Endgrain gluing is surprisingly strong and invisible. I may add something to reinforce it but it really is not needed.

    Sometimes I enjoy making corrections. It counteracts my incompetence with a wiff of competence.
    Measuring errors is one of my reasons for switching from using tape measures and rulers to using a story stick. No addition or marking the half inch on the wrong side of the inch.

    Those of us with a touch of dyslexia can have real problems with measuring devices.

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    Last edited by Jim Koepke; 05-14-2019 at 6:53 PM. Reason: dyslexia
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    Been there, done that, lol, even the fix

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    Hmmm, doesn't Lee Valley sell Board Stretchers?

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    Quote Originally Posted by steven c newman View Post
    Hmmm, doesn't Lee Valley sell Board Stretchers?
    Only during their April 1 "Lirpa Loof" sale day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by steven c newman View Post
    Hmmm, doesn't Lee Valley sell Board Stretchers?
    I know this is the hand tool forum but sometimes a corded tool is what you need. Board stretcher
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  7. You are not alone.

    "What's going on? I cut it twice and it is still too short."

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    If you have a 1X12 and need a longer 1X6 it is possible to cut the 1X12 diagonally and then reorient the pieces and join them along the diagonal to make a longer piece.

    There are other ways of to do this depending on how long you want to make it.

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    I'll never forget the time I realized that 5'5" and 55" were not interchangable . . . .

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    Oof. I've never done end grain gluing. I never will.

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    Genius!

    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Bender View Post
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    Sometimes I enjoy making corrections. It counteracts my incompetence with a wiff of competence.
    You are not alone!

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    Scarf joints are fairly common at all kind of lengths of scarfs.
    Jim

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    [QUOTE=Jim Koepke;2926967]Measuring errors is one of my reasons for switching from using tape measures and rulers to using a story stick. No addition or marking the half inch on the wrong side of the inch.

    Those of us with a touch of dyslexia can have real problems with measuring devices.

    DYSLEXICS UNTIE!
    Life's too short to use old sandpaper.

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    This is a pretty good board stretcher video.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rqJgZ7hq_xw

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