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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 04-03-2020, 03:28 PM Thread Starter
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Default Measure once cut twice !!!

Is there anything more frustrating than putting in the time, energy, effort and $$$ into a project only to muff it up ???
I decided last night to cut the miter slot on my router table top. I use a pocket rule with a stopper at one end and I keep it in my shop apron pocket. The one thing I dislike about it is it's reversible. Si I measured 4.5'' from the edge of the table to the beginning of the cut and went to the T/S to adjust the fence. I did not realize that I set the fence to the reversible side 4.5'' which is far from the true measurement I needed. So I am in the middle of the cut and I see sparks ??? am I hitting screws ???
I had drawn on the reverse side and made sure no screws were in the cut lines. So I finished the cut and just looked in awe at the terrible mistake !

I have been told by many that a true woodworker can always find a way to cover his mistakes, so I looked at it and thought would a T track fit in there upside down to re-fill the cut? It did and That is how it will stay. It looks OK to me and I will not scrap it and start over. I guess when you're cutting something upside down that is heavy and bulky it's hard to check all the things you would see if it wasn't upside down.So I made the best of the situation and then re-cut the proper location for the miter track.
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Nice recovery Dan , it actually looks pretty good regardless. This is something that would probably happen to me also , at least looking back at prior experiences .

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Sooo...how's the blade? (VoE)
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Great recovery, Dan...now it's sorta art deco table...one of a kind...

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I used to have a rule like that. Note: used to have. Now why would someone toss out a perfectly good, two way rule like that? Every time I try to walk on water, my ears get wet.
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Cutting through screws is my specialty! I do it making jigs usually but don’t hesitate to take every opportunity!
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Quite a few times I've walked out of the shop when things seemed to be going sideways. I've found it doesn't pay to try and persevere when it starts happening.
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Someone I consider a master woodworker once told me that a master woodworker is not someone who never makes mistakes. He is someone who is able to cover them up so that no one can tell.
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I don't think I could count the times I had to fill a groove, rabbit or other defect in wood. Sometimes, I had to make it look like I never did.

Here, I'd do the fill repair, then, go in, say, 1/8" (material repair thickness) and make a wider slot to fill and in which I'd make the intended cut.

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I have been there too many times to count Dan
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Dan you did a good job of covering it up and the good thing is that you will see that everytime you are in the shop, which will remind you to measure twice. It has worked for me
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