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    Am I a dummy or what?

    Forgive me if there is already a thread with this heading. Sometimes I wonder about the things I do. Yesterday, I was pinning the tenons on a bread board end. I carefully drilled the holes, not too deep as these were to be blind pins. I had clamped everything together before drilling to get a nice tight fit. To my amazement, when i unclamped the bread board end with the pins installed, it came right off!

    You guessed it, I drilled on the wrong side of the joint. I felt so foolish. Easily corrected and it won't be noticeable since it is on the bottom.
    Life's too short to use old sandpaper.

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    You are not alone Bob - I was making a small thing with curved legs and wasn't paying attention to the stop on my mortise machine. Made the mortises, cut the curves and guess what? I had thru tenons.
    If you don't stand for something, you'll fall for anything.

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    When my grandson was helping me this summer one of my "words of wisdom" given to him was that almost any mistake can be corrected, unless it is a mistake made with a woman.

    jtk
    "A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty."
    - Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965)

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    I just always assumed the shop gods were using these events to teach me humility.
    She said “How many woodworking tools do you need?”
    I said “Why? Do you know someone who is selling some?”


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    Hmmmm, called a Brain Fart..
    Computer Desk Hutch, shelves too short.JPG
    Not sure how it happened...

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    I am definitely in the Dummy camp. A little over a week ago, I was helping build props for a play, and cutting out large plywood shapes to be painted. I had a 4 by 8 sheet on a pair of my saw horses and had 3 4X4s on them running lengthwise with the plywood to support it. One of the 4X4s was in the way of where I had to cut, and was using a friends jig saw. One of the 4X4s was in the way of the blade where I had to cut, and I reached under to move the 4X4, but hadn't let the saw completely stop.

    You guessed it, I now have a very nice cut on the little finger of my left hand. I will probably have the finger nail come off, as I cut clear thru about half of it. Fortunately the cut was not very deep, just thru the side of the finger and up thru part of the nail. The Dr. looked at it and put me on antibiotics. I am sure I will recover completely, but it is going to take a while.

    I have been doing carpentry and some woodworking on and off for more than 50 years. I have had plenty of time to learn and do know better....a good reminder to be more careful.....dummy of week award winner. Still, it is the worst cut I have ever had doing this, and I know carpenters who have had much worse.

    Regards,

    Stew
    Last edited by Stew Denton; 08-13-2019 at 5:37 PM.

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    Notice something odd about the pinned tenons on these doors? Those aren't loose tenons in there.
    I made the mistake on one door, so just did it to the other to to try and "turn the frown upside down".

    https://sawmillcreek.org/showthread....353-Oak-Vanity



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    That's an easy fix, don't you have board stretchers?

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    Nice design feature Jeff with the "twin dots" at the corners of the doors. A well planned feature.
    David

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    You’re never alone in that department. I keep this drawer piece around just to make me smile.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phil Mueller View Post
    You’re never alone in that department. I keep this drawer piece around just to make me smile.

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    Most of things like that end up in the shop wood stove. Let's just say I don't get cold in the shop

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    I've done this too, but deliberately when making Möbius dovetails. Well, that's the story I am sticking to

    Regards from Perth

    Derek

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    Yup...
    Computer Desk Hutch, fixed shelves.JPG
    Went over to the scrap bin, pulled enough out to make 4 new shelves with....

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    Quote Originally Posted by steven c newman View Post
    Hmmmm, called a Brain Fart..
    Computer Desk Hutch, shelves too short.JPG
    Not sure how it happened...
    In the high tech business we would call that an Easter Egg.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Koepke View Post
    When my grandson was helping me this summer one of my "words of wisdom" given to him was that almost any mistake can be corrected, unless it is a mistake made with a woman.

    jtk
    After one, you don't make more.

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