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    Apparently, Murphy's Law Works Both Ways

    Today, I learned that Murphy's Law works both ways.

    I've been diligently building a pair of Mission style lamps as chronicled on this forum. I built a practice/prototype which went smoothly, so I moved on to the "real" wood. I'd purchased enough to make the pieces, but no more. So Murphy stepped in and I ruined the parts made of 3/4" cherry. DRAT!

    I made some adjustments to my jig and technique, ran a few pieces of pine through the process, and felt I was ready to go again.

    Today I went to the hardwood store and picked out a nice board. This time, I would buy enough to make extra parts! I would buy 2 bdft (they're small parts). However, the guy behind the counter said they needed boards to be 6' long after cutting. This board would be 5' after taking my 2'. DRAT!

    OK, says I, just sell me the entire board. I'll have plenty to mess up on. We negotiate some defects and taper and I pay for 6bdft.

    I take it home, choose the ugly part for a test piece - one last bit of practice with the actual stock - jig it up and start cutting. Murphy steps in again.

    It came out PERFECT. Assuming the "real" pieces go as well, I've now got a 4' stick of cherry I don't have an immediate use for and now have to store. I would almost feel better if I had messed up one or two test pieces.

    Murphy gets you coming and going!

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    Only 4ft you got off lightly. Now you will need to buy another section for the next project because you can be sure whatever it is 4ft wont be enough.
    cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by David Agnew View Post
    .................. Assuming the "real" pieces go as well,.........................
    Just asking for a revisit aren't you
    The perception of perfection is perfectly clear to everyone else

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    Rob - EXACTLY. I've been skimming designs for small Mission / ArtsCrafts stepstools that are all hovering around 4-5 bdft!

    Ken - Ssssshhhhhhhhhhh!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob Keeble View Post
    Only 4ft you got off lightly. Now you will need to buy another section for the next project because you can be sure whatever it is 4ft wont be enough.
    And it is going to be a real problem to find grain that matches or is compatible with the 4' piece.

    Enjoy,
    JimB

    While you are at it could you "accidently" cut off Murphy's head.
    Thanks in advance!
    First of all you have to be smarter than the machine.
    VOTING MEMBER

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    Ha-HA! Murphy didn't get me! The parts aren't PERFECT, but they're pretty darn close enough to work for my bedside lamps.

    Now I've got some sanding, waxing, gluing and final assembly to do. Hopefully, I can get one done by Saturday so I can run by the fancy lamp store and get an overpriced shade to put onto my $20 of wood and parts......

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