All woodworkers are told, “Measure twice, cut once.”
The reality is:
- Measure five times, get three different answers, take the average.
- Check against drawings three times.
- Realize you have the wrong drawing.
- Do mental math on fractions.
- Remind your self that on 1/4 plus 1/2 isn’t 3/2, it’s 3/4.
- Do the math on your phone’s calculator while trying to remember fraction to decimal conversions (1/2 = .5, 1/4 = .25, 1/8 = something).
- Resolve to start using the metric system.
- Cut part 1/8 inch too long.
- Try cutting 1/8 inch off part, but really cut 1/4 inch off.
- Tell people you thought the whole project was 1/2 inch too long so you shortened the whole thing by an inch.
More shop stuff next week,