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After having dabbled with woodworking for a couple of years, I finally found the courage to build some kitchen cabinets, starting with an 8 ′ long top cabinet. I composed a detailed drawing, cut all the pieces and glued the wardrobe together. Everything went smoothly and I was really enjoying it.
Before stopping for the day, I cut the plywood back panel, glued it to the closet, and nailed it all around the perimeter and across the shelves. I left the shop feeling very proud of myself, and triumphantly invited my wife to go out for dinner.
Full of confidence, I returned to the store the next morning, only to realize I had attached the back panel to the front of the cabinet. I suspect I’ll eat the crow for a while.
Dean O. Travis
I built two in the Shaker style wall clocks for a local dentist to match his office decor. We agreed on a white pine for the cases, with antique-style glass and authentic-style dials. Using quartz movements with long drop pendulums, which I bought online, was a concession to modernity that she approved of. I delivered the watches on schedule and, just before leaving his office, I adjusted the hands and tapped the pendulums to start the movements.
The next morning, I got a call. “I really like watches,” said the dentist, “but there is a problem.” I waited for news that I was sure would ruin my day. “The hands are all moving backwards.” I revisited the website and discovered my mistake. The order number for the “backward” move was the same as for the “normal” move, except for one digit.
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