Blowin’ in the Wind | Popular Woodworking Magazine

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Blowing in the wind

My wife and me ran out of plywood as we were adding shelves to the garage, so we headed to the center of the house for another sheet.

We didn’t notice how windy it was until we walked out of the shop with the plywood resting sideways on a cart. We have more or less navigated towards our SUV and with considerable effort we have maneuvered the sheet on the roof rack. I reached for the retaining straps as my wife tried to hold the sheet in place. Bad idea. “I can’t keep it!” she screamed, and I looked up to see the sheet spinning over my head. I took a hold for it, but I lost. The tarp spun across the parking lot and wrapped itself around the bumper of a pickup truck, setting off the alarm.

The truck was unharmed, but not the plywood. A volunteer who had attended the gymnastics helped us tie what was left of it to our SUV. From now on I will check the wind before buying plywood. –Gus Carlson

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I was proud of myself for figuring out how to cut the semi-blind dovetails on the drawers of the new dresser I was building for my daughter. The dovetails fit so perfectly that I decided the joints didn’t even need to be tightened. Then, after gluing and assembling the drawers, I simply slipped them into the dresser frame, not worrying about removing the crushed glue.

Unfortunately, when I returned the next day, the drawers had stuck to the inside of the frame. Argh! To free them, I had to hit them from behind with a large hammer. I too felt like giving myself a good blow. –Paul Duvendack


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