I was making a pair of stools-
The legs slope outwards in two directions, and there's two braces on
one side and one at the right angle. So it was frickin' critical to
keep track of which mortises went with which tenons, as well as which
part was for which stool, since they were a little different.
Asking for it, I suppose? Well, I've just completed one and thought it
would be easier. Not easy, easier.
I kept pretty good track of what went where all the way through,
marking pieces and everything. The last thing I did was a final dry
assembly after which I took them apart carefully, marking each piece
one last time.
What could have gone wrong?
Well, the marking sort of didn't make it clear that the legs were in
mirror-image pairs, not in any way interchangeable because of the
differing joinery on two adjacent sides. When I got a mismatch where
there should have been a good fit, I'd already assembled one "A"
shaped side, with a wedged tenon. so - I blew a fuse, taking out my
commonsense, and just reshaped the misfit tenon till it fit the
mortise I had.
Gloriosky, the legs have one side mortise on the WRONG side now. Each
one of them on both stools. I got four hard-won mortises to fill, and
four new ones to cut.
I'm not sure if I'm simply too lightheaded to do the best work (said
in all seriousness) or if I still have a deep-set habit of ignoring
things I should stop and question carefully. Even if I have glue
Man, I had a tantrum, just about. "If I did the best I could and still
frick it up, maybe I'm not really that good at woodworking!!?"