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I can easily remember one project that was a disappointment...at least for a little while. I was building a couple of the custom coolers and everything was going along smoothly. I started assembling the end pieces, and soone discovered I had made two left sides and no right!

After kicking the cat, I started building another one for the right side! Wrong! Got another exact duplicate of the left side. By now the cat is no where to be seen! I can't say that I blame him.

I think I have said it before, mirror images are my demise. My head just can't seem to figure it out.

The end result is I have two left sides for the next pair of coolers if I have the need to build more!

Note: Just kidding about the cat. I don't have one.
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On every project I do ,I have to go into "Save Mode" before it is finished. And I think that figuring out how to save it is the challenge for me. Very few have gone in the garbage,some have become shop fixtures tho.

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In that first picture, I can't work in shop with gloves on, or all my projects would end up in the garbage.
I think the only time you should wear gloves in the shop is when carrying something - I never wear gloves when working around equipment - too easy for them to get caught - same as long sleeves.
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I can easily remember one project

Note: Just kidding about the cat. I don't have one.
Thats because he packed his bags and moved out.

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Yeah that mirror image stuff is like that, I run into that in my padlocks when I drill the back of the face to accept the mechanism pins and end up drilling th the face side instead.
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three story, (24'5'' tall), 60'' wide, self supporting spiral (free standing) staircase that was 12° out of rotation, 1¼'' short (due to weight compression) and lamination separations (material failure due to stresses from weight)...
If they can't support their own weight, how do they do under a load of people. Sounds like an Engineering problem, did a Structural Engineer stamp the drawings?

I have had a similar situation only half that tall, building a form for concrete spiral stairs. Fortunately didn't have the concrete pour scheduled , but had to scramble to fix it before the deadline. Stairs are tricky,material variations in thickness can sure add up.

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After reading Sticks entry, I remember many years ago when I was a journey man Carpenter. We were building a house in the middle of a golf course outside Austin Texas. The owners had us divert from the architectural plans when ever they thought of something different. One thing we did was add a full basement under the house when none was allowed in the area. They just called it a wine cellar.
Well they wanted a half turn stairwell to the second floor. None of us on the crew had ever attempted one. I being young and not knowing when to shut my mouth, said, I would build one. I did my math and laid the thing out to make a half turn. I made a 36 X 6 1/4 inch box out of 2x6 and tied it to a 36 x 13 1/4 inch box with a slight turn with more 2x6 stringers, the next one was 20 1/4 x 36 and so forth , up it went. By the time I got to the 6th step, I was making some pretty big boxes out of 2x6 and tying them together with 2x6. I thought it was going pretty good. Until the owners came out to see what was using all this 2x6. The thing looked pretty rough but it was solid as heck. It took hours for the real stairs crew to tear it out to build a real spiral staircase.
They let me go a few days later, no longer need my services.
I have always wanted to try to build another one, but no one has ask me. Maybe I will build one in my shop to get to the lumber stored in the attic. Hmmmm??

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Sounds like I'm not the only one who, every time I try to walk on water, my ears get wet.
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Every time I've made one last cut past quitting time. Never fails.

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After reading Sticks entry, I remember many years ago when I was a journey man Carpenter. We were building a house in the middle of a golf course outside Austin Texas. The owners had us divert from the architectural plans when ever they thought of something different. One thing we did was add a full basement under the house when none was allowed in the area. They just called it a wine cellar.
Well they wanted a half turn stairwell to the second floor. None of us on the crew had ever attempted one. I being young and not knowing when to shut my mouth, said, I would build one. I did my math and laid the thing out to make a half turn. I made a 36 X 6 1/4 inch box out of 2x6 and tied it to a 36 x 13 1/4 inch box with a slight turn with more 2x6 stringers, the next one was 20 1/4 x 36 and so forth , up it went. By the time I got to the 6th step, I was making some pretty big boxes out of 2x6 and tying them together with 2x6. I thought it was going pretty good. Until the owners came out to see what was using all this 2x6. The thing looked pretty rough but it was solid as heck. It took hours for the real stairs crew to tear it out to build a real spiral staircase.
They let me go a few days later, no longer need my services.
I have always wanted to try to build another one, but no one has ask me. Maybe I will build one in my shop to get to the lumber stored in the attic. Hmmmm??
You can still do it ,David. Just build one in the back yard,a spiral stairs to nowhere. Then when the weather permits take your morning tea/coffee and news paper and sit on the top landing and read.

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Actually, it's the mistakes that keep us doing it . . .
If every cut turns out perfect, if every joint falls together right the first time, if every project goes according to plan; where's the challenge in that? If it were easy, anybody could do it. "We do these things, not because they are easy, but because they are ha-ad." - JFK

The only projects I've been disappointed with are the ones I gave up on and abandoned.
I can't think of a single project I completed that I've been disappointed with in the end. Oh I've been frustrated at all points during the build! I've been back to the wood store the third time to buy another piece after I ruined the first and second ones. I've sanded finish down to the bare wood and started over. But I stuck with it until I was happy with the result. The satisfaction of the finished product is only made sweeter by the frustrations encountered along the way.

“We should be careful to get out of an experience only the wisdom that is in it and stop there lest we be like the cat that sits down on a hot stove lid. She will never sit down on a hot stove lid again and that is well but also she will never sit down on a cold one anymore.” - Mark Twain
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Actually, it's the mistakes that keep us doing it . . .
If every cut turns out perfect, if every joint falls together right the first time, if every project goes according to plan; where's the challenge in that? If it were easy, anybody could do it. "We do these things, not because they are easy, but because they are ha-ad." - JFK

The only projects I've been disappointed with are the ones I gave up on and abandoned.
I can't think of a single project I completed that I've been disappointed with in the end. Oh I've been frustrated at all points during the build! I've been back to the wood store the third time to buy another piece after I ruined the first and second ones. I've sanded finish down to the bare wood and started over. But I stuck with it until I was happy with the result. The satisfaction of the finished product is only made sweeter by the frustrations encountered along the way.
I think you nailed it, Andy. I don't build furniture or houses so I don't use plans where every part is rigidly pre-defined. Making everything perfect with every cut would be boring as hell. More like factory work than a hobby. I enjoy the problem solving and challenges as much as I enjoy the finished project.
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