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My weekend project was to build a small bookcase for my son.

These are some of the lessons I learned while working on the project this weekend:

1) If you don't check, 2 boards you previously worked on may or may not be the same length. If they were supposed to be the same length, you may have gotten interrupted before that task was finished.

2) Wood veneer has a grain - if you route across it the wrong way, it can tear out horribly. Make sure you know which direction the router should be moving to reduce tearout.

3) Wood veneer has a grain - it can tear out if you cut it cross the grain. Use masking tape to reduce tear out.

4) Don't mark dowel holes relative to the ends of the bottom shelf if it isn't the same length as the top shelf. If the shelves aren't the same length, the sides will not be square. (Or one side will not be square depending on how you put the thing together).

5) Routers with lights are wonderful things.

6) Cable mounts attached to a table saw with foam mounting tape will likely not hold when the tablesaw is stored outside. Use a cable mount that has a screw and mechanically attach to the table saw. Otherwise, you risk running over the power cable and mangling the plug.

7) If you put a center punch in your pocket with the sharp end down, it'll eventually poke a hole in you pocket and fall out.

8) If you put a center punch in your pocket with the sharp end up, it'll poke you in the leg when you sit down.

9) I wish I'd paid a lot more attention in geometry class.

10) Make sure the tablesaw fence is 100% on the rail before locking it down - or it will probably not be parallel to the blade.

11) I really like being able to make a big table when in drill press mode on the ShopSmith.

12) I really like being able to make a big table when using the disc sander on the ShopSmith.

13) Drilling into the endgrain of a piece of cherry is more work than drilling into a piece of particle board. Much more work.

14) Using a doweling jig and marking the other side with dowel centers can be done acurrately without too much fuss. OTOH, it helps if your reference boards are the same length...

15) I really need a place to hang the tables and tubes for the ShopSmith when they aren't in use. 1 place vs. the 5 I have now.

I feel like I'm making progress with woodworking skills - but really have a ways to go before I do it right the first time. While I'd like for these first projects to come out well, reality is I'll be happy if they are usable and not too bandaided - as long as I'm not making the same mistakes over and over again.
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It sound like you had a typical week end in the shop.

This is all part of the learning curve.

Make sure you post some photos when you are done.

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Sounds like my weekend.. I too am choosing projects that require skills I haven't used before..

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My weekend project was to build a small bookcase for my son.

These are some of the lessons I learned while working on the project this weekend:

1) If you don't check, 2 boards you previously worked on may or may not be the same length. If they were supposed to be the same length, you may have gotten interrupted before that task was finished.

2) Wood veneer has a grain - if you route across it the wrong way, it can tear out horribly. Make sure you know which direction the router should be moving to reduce tearout.

3) Wood veneer has a grain - it can tear out if you cut it cross the grain. Use masking tape to reduce tear out.

4) Don't mark dowel holes relative to the ends of the bottom shelf if it isn't the same length as the top shelf. If the shelves aren't the same length, the sides will not be square. (Or one side will not be square depending on how you put the thing together).

5) Routers with lights are wonderful things.

6) Cable mounts attached to a table saw with foam mounting tape will likely not hold when the tablesaw is stored outside. Use a cable mount that has a screw and mechanically attach to the table saw. Otherwise, you risk running over the power cable and mangling the plug.

7) If you put a center punch in your pocket with the sharp end down, it'll eventually poke a hole in you pocket and fall out.

8) If you put a center punch in your pocket with the sharp end up, it'll poke you in the leg when you sit down.

9) I wish I'd paid a lot more attention in geometry class.

10) Make sure the tablesaw fence is 100% on the rail before locking it down - or it will probably not be parallel to the blade.

11) I really like being able to make a big table when in drill press mode on the ShopSmith.

12) I really like being able to make a big table when using the disc sander on the ShopSmith.

13) Drilling into the endgrain of a piece of cherry is more work than drilling into a piece of particle board. Much more work.

14) Using a doweling jig and marking the other side with dowel centers can be done acurrately without too much fuss. OTOH, it helps if your reference boards are the same length...

15) I really need a place to hang the tables and tubes for the ShopSmith when they aren't in use. 1 place vs. the 5 I have now.

I feel like I'm making progress with woodworking skills - but really have a ways to go before I do it right the first time. While I'd like for these first projects to come out well, reality is I'll be happy if they are usable and not too bandaided - as long as I'm not making the same mistakes over and over again.

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Yep sounds a lot like my work method
Make mistake.
Start over.
Make same mistake.
Start over.
Make new mistake.
Start over.

EGO postulo , EGO venalicium , EGO incidere.
I measured, I marked, I cut.
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Not bad plan Deb as long as you keep it to woodworking.
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That sounds like my weekend.. To teach myself some of the skills I'll need for my RT base, I'm cobbling together a 2'x2'x3' roller cabinet with drawers for storage to roll under my floor-standing DP. What's new for me?

* Hardwood vaneer plywood,
* Kreg jig carcase construction
* Drawer slides
* Dovetails for the maple drawers
* Hard maple plywood edging
* Hard maple drawer fronts

I've got the first four steps cobbled together (the drawer glue is drying); don't ask how many "Fixes" I did or how muc firewood I made. Good thing I picked up lots of extra wood!

It *has* been a very productive 3-day weekend in terms of what I've learned though!

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If you aren’t making mistakes you aren’t learning anything new. The issue isn't the mistakes you make, but what do you make out of the mistakes. For example you are making an ordinary book shelf and one shelf is to short, if it is not critical cut the others to the one dimension that was wrong. Easy fix? Sure, but the concept applies. Remember Murphy ’s Law? Well to me he was an optimist!!!

Always remember, "You’re never a failure till you blame your mistakes on someone else". You can control you and only you not the other guy. I would love to elaborate, but typing one hand one finger just takes too long!!!

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Two of my often used rationalizations:

I don't make mistakes. Just design changes.

Craftsmanship is not only in the execution but also, in the repairs of the mis-execution.

I won't post the verbal reactions that spew forth BEFORE I get to the rationalizations.

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I don't make mistakes. Just design changes
Gene I'm making that my new motto!

EGO postulo , EGO venalicium , EGO incidere.
I measured, I marked, I cut.
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