I come here to humble myself...
I was assembling a nightstand similar to this:
I modified the design to make it taller to match the height of a tall bed a
nd also raised the top shelf so that it is flush with the top of the side s
lats. (It's a nightstand for my daughter's college apartment)
I knew going in that I had to be careful when screwing the top shelf to the
slats. Being so close to the end of the slats introduced a lot of potentia
l for splitting. Of course, I pre-drilled and countersunk for the screws.
I specifically said to myself "If you need to remove a screw for any reason
, be damn sure the screw gun is set to extract the screw, not drive it in f
Low and behold, after attaching all 19 slats to both the top and bottom she
lf, I noticed that 1 (one!) slat was not fully seated against the top shelf
. Simple fix: remove the screw, clamp the slat to the shelf and carefully d
rive the screw back in. Easy peazy.
So I grab the screw gun and promptly drive the screw further into the wood,
splitting the slat.
Now I have to set up the table saw to rip a new slat. Luckily the router ta
ble is still set up the same so the round overs will be easy to match. Then
there's the finish sanding. I thought I was done!
Any other mistake during assembly would have been bad enough, but to do *ex
what I warned myself not to do really sucks!