Once upon a time, there was this woodworker fool who wanted to make a
cabinet a bit over 4 feet high.
He liked to make things hard for himself, so he decided to use
purpleheart and maple. After all, the gal its for, likes purple-
It was to have both shelves and drawers, so anyone looking at it would
forever wonder if it were a shelved cabinet or a drawered bookcase.
In a further attempt to make life more difficult, the woodworker
decided to make one of the higher shelves glass-enclosed, with a glass
door in the front. Red glass, deep red, on three sides and clear
lightly textured glass in the door.
Several thousand purpleheart splinters later, the woodworker finally
got 'round to the frames for the glass.
It was decided that the width of the front and glass pieces was a bit
excessive (the glass would be heck to replace if broken) so they were
both divided into two horizontal panes.
After mislocating the center frame piece of the front by an inch or
so, it was further decided to add a second center frame piece so there
could be a small vertical pane between the two horizontal ones. You
know, different color glass or something.
So it did get a tad difficult keeping track of parts for the frames.
Each side has a dado for the glass and a mortise or tenon at each end,
so none were interchangeable. Not one.
"OK," thinks the woodworker, "is this the left side or the right side?
Or is this the left side of the left side or the right side of the
left side, Or the left or right of the center part? Or the right side
of the left side or the left side of the right side? Of the left side
or the right side of the front or of the back or the left side or the
The woodworker picked up several hundred more purpleheart splinters,
and got the frames made.
While SWMBO was measuring for the glass, since the woodworker couldn't
tolerate the sight of a ruler, she noticed the center frame part of
the back side was also about a half inch or so off center.
hades. I don't care!