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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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Great recovery, Dan...now it's sorta art deco table...one of a kind...:grin:
 

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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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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.

In the end, we know it'll be purty.
 

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A dear friend, who passed some time ago, used to say "No matter how many times I cut it, it's still too short"...

I think of that every time I make a mistake measuring...it happens.

The writing on the bottom of the picture might be a bit small to read...it says...

"Greatness is not in where we stand, but in what direction we are moving. We must sail, sometimes with the wind and sometimes against it - but sail we must, and not drift, nor lie at anchor." - Oliver Wendell Holmes
 

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This isn't your last mistake, it's part of the tradition of woodworkers. On a very bright note you weren't using my Sawstop which would have cost both the blade and a cartridge! If that decorative T-Track hasn't been glued in place yet why not truly make it look like a design feature and take a piece of contrasting wood to fill that slot? You'll still have a functional T-Track to use elsewhere and the table will look more natural and unique.

I have a special drawer for my mistakes that holds them as a reminder of what I did and the result. When I'm finished laying out and building the shop I'll line the upper wall area with these. Funny thing is most times when you see these, no matter how bad your memory is, you'll immediately know what caused this and have a flashback. It's good to remember these for the future.
 

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I am so relieved to know I am not alone. I routinely measure twice, and still often get it wrong. Especially if the cut involves transcribing a measurement from left to right. Known as ambiguous laterality, and in my case stems from having been born a southpaw, but being forced to write right-handed.

Only did shop class in high school for a few years, as I was in an “academic” stream, but just as well - the only subject I ever flunked. We had to make a small coffee table with mortise and tenon joints between the legs and the crossed stretchers. Cut not a bad mortise on the first leg, but when I went to the bandsaw, I cut the leg so the mortise was on the wrong side. The teacher, who was incomprehensible because of a speech defect that might have had something to do with being a professional boxer before becoming a teacher, was convulsed with amusement, while failing me. Oh well, he knew nothing about Latin.
 

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Betcha you could swear at him with a smile and he'd smile and nod.
 

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I've often been bound by the philosophy of cut twice, measure once.
 

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For inside pieces, I usually mark the piece a little long, then use my Lyon trimmer to shave it down to an exact fit. If I rely on the tape, sometimes even on a story stick, it often comes up short. I think everyone does this from time to time.
 

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Steve,

The track is Aluminium and the laminate is grey. I think I will leave it. I have several T tracks that I bought for other projects.
 

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Biagio,

I can read Spanish and understand what I am reading. I'm sure I could learn to speak it very quickly. I am fluent in French which is also a Latin language.
 
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