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    Misery Loves Company

    Does anyone have any stories of cutting a piece too small, that no amount of jerry-rigging could fix, and then you had to just set it aside and cut a *2nd* piece? I'd enjoy it if you had to cut a 3rd one too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cynthia White View Post
    Does anyone have any stories of cutting a piece too small, that no amount of jerry-rigging could fix, and then you had to just set it aside and cut a *2nd* piece? I'd enjoy it if you had to cut a 3rd one too.
    Cynthia
    Well Cynthia,
    Now you know wherew the saying "cut it twice and it was still too short" comes from...

    Remember "measure twice, cut once."
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    I've cut many boards several times and they were still too short!

    But seriously, I try wherever possible to use jigs/stop blocks/fences for cutting pieces that need to be the same size. Seems like if I move it, or rely on measurements, I'm almost always sure to get things that are off.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cynthia White View Post
    Does anyone have any stories of cutting a piece too small, that no amount of jerry-rigging could fix, and then you had to just set it aside and cut a *2nd* piece? I'd enjoy it if you had to cut a 3rd one too.
    Cynthia
    Hi Cynthia; Not a chance, this has never ever happened to me. I'm a way too experienced a woodworker to ever let that happen to me.

    I hear this happens to many other woodworkers, but never ever had it happen to me!

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    Yep, best bet is to rig up some sort of stop block to keep all pieces the same. Or rig up a story stick of sorts, but the story stick is more for layout of holes, dados and the like. I even have one and forgot to use it here a while back. Patch and replace.

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    i had that happen to me once. but it turned out i was cutting a board for the next project in line ahead of time.
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    Gee Cut something too small hmmmmmm let me think Nope never, I have always cut every board the exact size that wanted. ( need a pinocchio smiley guy here) Of course they may not be for the project that I am currently working on though

    Remember on the third or forth mis cut you are just working on the next project Cynthia. Did i ever mention that this is the time to build a shelving unit for all the miscuts and extra boards for future projects.
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    I'm all about cutting things to the right length.

    It's the right side up/upside down thing that gets me:

    What I was trying to make:

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    And to add insult to injury, I was being efficient by cutting all of the arbor roof slats at the same time, so instead of messing up one board, I did it to all five of them at once.
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