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Of the projects that you've been disappointed with, which one turned out the worst?

What did you learn from it?

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Biggest disappointment so far has been the jig I built for cutting miters. It is off in some way so that the four sides of the frame just don't close up. I did learn that narrow kerf blades can deflect, which was one of the problems. Learned that wide kerf blades are much less likely to deflect, and kerf width needs to be considered in some cases.

I also learned that to make picture frames, you really need a miter trimmer (Lion type). Got a Griz trimmer and voila, perfect miters. Learned once again, that sometimes you just have to have a specific tool to get the result you want. Precision isn't as exacting for woodworking in general, but sometimes, it is everything.

This was an interesting question because there have been so many frustrating experiments, and so many lessons. Looking forward to others' responses.
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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)...
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This would have been the week that I'd have finished chewing thru the restraints...
If only new layers hadn't been added....

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Insulating my garage, very disappointing . I learned don't show pictures of your garage on a router wood forum till its insulated...
so how would this be a disappointment...
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This would have been the week that I'd have finished chewing thru the restraints...
If only new layers hadn't been added....

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so how would this be a disappointment...
Well it's more if a headache than a disappointment lol

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My views on this are going to be exactly OPPOSITE from what one might expect...

Being an inventor, I LOVE TO MAKE MISTAKES, I know this initially sounds silly; but here is the truth: Rarely does an invention END-UP as it has been originally conceived! No body wants a bad reputation, so new ideas are best tested and critiqued. Everything I have invented, turned-out different by the time it "Hit the market" than the original idea. I'm a deep thinker and I utilize hand sketches and AutoCAD (2d & 3d) to produce (eventual) virtual models of my ideas.

The best way for me to learn is to make mistakes - so I view "MISTAKES" or "FAILURES" as learning experiences. But, let me also say this: I get told often that, "I tried that and it didn't work" - this doesn't even slow me down. Talk about thinking outside of the box - I don't even know where said "box" is!

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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)...
Even being a failure, it still sounds like quite an accomplishment. I can hardly imagine a 5' wide spiral wood staircase 24' tall.
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My views on this are going to be exactly OPPOSITE from what one might expect...

Being an inventor, I LOVE TO MAKE MISTAKES, I know this initially sounds silly; but here is the truth: Rarely does an invention END-UP as it has been originally conceived! No body wants a bad reputation, so new ideas are best tested and critiqued. Everything I have invented, turned-out different by the time it "Hit the market" than the original idea. I'm a deep thinker and I utilize hand sketches and AutoCAD (2d & 3d) to produce (eventual) virtual models of my ideas.

The best way for me to learn is to make mistakes - so I view "MISTAKES" or "FAILURES" as learning experiences. But, let me also say this: I get told often that, "I tried that and it didn't work" - this doesn't even slow me down. Talk about thinking outside of the box - I don't even know where said "box" is!

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Outstanding attitude, Otis!

We only learn from our mistakes. They make us better at what we do. I still get frustrated with myself when I make stupid mistakes, like cutting a drawer bottom to a wrong dimension. However, those are the types of mistakes that not only teach us, but can warn us that we are not paying attention. Sometimes they tell you it is time to back off before we make a mistake we WILL regret.

The old saying, that, "those who do not learn from history, are bound to repeat it", can be applied to woodworking.
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Even being a failure, it still sounds like quite an accomplishment. I can hardly imagine a 5' wide spiral wood staircase 24' tall.
tear it down and do it again...

This would have been the week that I'd have finished chewing thru the restraints...
If only new layers hadn't been added....

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Pretty much everything I do. But then, I tend to have unrealistic expectations, especially for the first time I've tried something. What I've learned from my friend Oliver is to make a mock-up out of cardboard, or scrap wood, first to see how the process is going to work before I mess up expensive wood.
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