I can't beat the reply post from Prometheus (the 8 fold path and all
that). However, I have some of my own Laws of Woodworking....
1. If you save you money to buy an expensive tool, as soon as you buy
the tool you'll need that money for an unexpected car repair.
2. "Measure twice, cut once" only applies to the test piece. It also
only applies if you're using Starrett. Otherwise, measure many more
times, always use the same edge on the same rule, etc. In fact, just
go buy Starrett.
3. As soon as you design and build a piece, Fine Woodworking will
publish an article that show you how and it'll be better, too.
4. When you buy the best of what is available, a new model will be
introduced that's even better.
7. As soon as the carcass is finishes, you'll have pangs of remorse
for not building it slightly different.
8. When you have a SWMBO, every tool costs double. The price you pay
the retailer and the commeasuaret gift you buy the SWMBO.
9. You will always be one clamp short.
10. The more enjoyable the furniture project, the more urgent house
repairs pop up.
11. If you want to give a piece as a gift on such-and-such date, your
employer will ask you to make a business trip 3 days prior.
12. Your shop will never be nice enough and folks on rec.woodworking
will post pictures of theirs that make you feel inferior. That's when
you seek "retail therapy" by going out to buy a new sexy tool to make
you feel better. After which you recall NEM's Laws of Woodworking #1
JM2C - Never Enough Money
On Fri, 29 Oct 2004 14:39:17 GMT, "U-CDK_CHARLES\\Charles" <"Charles
I was trying to fake Cotswold stonework. This involved some fine
carving of gothic tracery, and timber that wasn't admittedly much to
look at, but was capable of taking detailed carving work.
Then I applied a carefully prepared fake-stone textured spackle, and a
couple of hand-painted watercolour washes to get the exact hue of the
stone. Took it to Bath Abbey, placed it on the original stone and it
practically disappeared. Perfection !
Went back to the workshop. Sat it next to the 5 minute prototype I'd
banged out from MDF and a router bit. From six feet I couldn't tell
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