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Sometimes my projects take a little longer to complete than expected because I run into unforeseen problems. Then I have to fall back and find a work-around. I’ve been sharing the story of this build with my friend Jim (Chessnut2) and he coined the phrase “Improvisational Engineering” as my approach to making the mechanical parts work as they should.

I think he nailed it. Most of my nonsensical and silly things start with an idea and then I make everything up on the fly. Those of you who stick to plans don’t know the joy of flying by the seat of your pants and just letting the creative process happen. Try it and you’ll be amazed at what you can do.

Anyway, a change in one element meant the part I showed you earlier turned out to be about a 1/2” too short. And since I had a whole lot of pieces already assembled (read GLUED) and I didn’t want to start over from scratch and rebuild the entire component, it was time for improv engineering. (I won’t bore you with what a PIA it was to remove some of the already assembled pieces. Who knew that red thread lock stuff REALLY locks the threads?)

I grafted an extension onto the too short part with epoxy and then used a scrap of wood as a sled so I could cut a needed slot with the bandsaw. I just held the awkward component to the little scrap sled with double-sided tape and made the cut with two passes on the saw. The entire component was now ready for assembly and my problem was resolved.

So now you can look at this and have an additional clue about the project. Don’t analyze it too much. Just let your imagination wander and see where it leads you. All will be revealed soon.

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To paraphrase, "Plans? Plans? Don' need no steenkin' plans".

Excellent. That's what I call Zen woodworking. More then once I've gone to the shop to make something I need, with no idea how to do it. Sit there for a few minutes, no idea how to start, so just grab a piece of wood and start cutting. I always wind up with what I need, but a major part of the time once I'm finished, within 30 seconds I have no clue how I did it. I did my saw stand that way, came out great, sturdy as can be, but strangely it looks like a faux art decco piece.

Keep up the good work.
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panic button...

RUNNNNN FERIT!!!

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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Forget the primal scream, just ROAR!!!
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Personally, I can't wait to see what it is...
I'm hoping it has something to do with my previously sought-after silent cookie jar!

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Personally, I can't wait to see what it is...
I'm hoping it has something to do with my previously sought-after silent cookie jar!

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Somehow, I believe that your silent cookie jar lid may be a pie-in-the-sky wish, Otis.

If mama doesn't want you in the cookie jar, she'll find a way to lock the lid down tight. You can continue to wish if you want...everyone has to have a dream!

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Personally, I can't wait to see what it is...
I'm hoping it has something to do with my previously sought-after silent cookie jar!

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ziploc bag...
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Still not gonna beg to know what it is, you can tease all you want.

When everything around you is going to pot, get out in the workshop.
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Still not gonna beg to know what it is, you can tease all you want.
Speak for yourself . I'm loosing a lot of sleep over this lol
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