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The saying “Measure twice and cut once” isn’t just a set of pretty words — it’s something some of us could remember a little more often. Since it’s just my own projects that get screwed up, most of the time I wing it and on occasion eyeball measurements. This time it’s going to cost me about 30 minutes.

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As some of you might be able to spy straight off, what happened here is the guide roller on the router bit dipped below the edge of the wood and the router started cutting inside the line I wanted — which ruined the piece. First I tried to blame the bit for slipping. After a check it was sadly not the cause: It was me.

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It’s my own fault, really. I had been sanding on all four sides of this piece getting it smooth and didn’t bother to check if that had changed the vertical depth. Of course it had. About 1.5 mm, to be exact, which is enough to slip the roller beneath the usable guide material. There are about 15 ways I could have prevented this, yet stupidity won the day.

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I was so taken with my moronic display of craftsmanship (or lack thereof) I had to stop and write what I thought of my skills in a crude manner that sums up the experience for me. What’s that other saying: Some people serve as a warning to others? In this case, that would be me.

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8 Responses to Measure Twice And So On

  1. Liz says:

    Yes indeed. Moments we all have. I was putting in molding in my basement great-room. I can’t tell you haow many miss steps I made. It’s actually very encuraging that his could also happen to you

  2. Toolhearty says:

    Meh. Say to yourself: Stupid!.. Stupid!.. Stupid!..

    Grab another piece of wood, move on.

  3. beano_t says:

    I did this the other day when I was cutting dadoes to receive some shelves. I thought I had locked in the depth but my haste and an unfamiliar router got the best of me.

    For me its always the piece that was cut, mortised, planned down, and matches 6 other pieces that I screw up. That being said I try and remember (almost) anything can be fixed.

  4. george says:

    its how we learn.

  5. Fong says:

    Happens to the best of us. 30 minutes isn’t so bad. I decided the other day it would be a good idea to put pocket holes on the “outside” of my hamper project after it was already assembled. Now I need to put a new top on top of my existing top. Brainfart after a full day at the shop. Nothing left to do but fix it.

  6. BC says:

    Baaahahaha. I had a good chuckle at what’s written on the workpiece. Crap happens, live and learn.

  7. david lowe says:

    I heard the whole saying as “measure twice and cut once…because you may be able to cut it off twice…but it will probably STILL be too short”.

  8. rob says:

    When asked about my woodworking skills I tell people that I make precision-cut firewood since my scraps end up keeping me warm at night.

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