Oops! Murphy's Laws of Woodworking
Murphy’s Law states if anything can go wrong, it will. I’m convinced that
axiom applies to woodworking. Here are several examples I’ve experienced:
By Edwin Hackleman
- The more expensive the wood, the more you will waste.
- When you drop a piece with freshly applied glue, it will land glue-side down on a pile of dust and shavings.
- Every scrap piece will be 1/2 in. short of being useful.
- During glue-up, nothing lines up as well as it did during the dry fit.
- Router tear-out always occurs at the worst possible place and time.
- For every hour you spend woodworking, you spend two hours cleaning up.
- The phone only rings when you’re gluing or applying finish.
- You’ll always spot the area you forgot to varnish immediately after cleaning your brush.
- When you install butt hinges, at least one brass screw will break.
- A dropped tool always lands where it does the most harm.
- Staining highlights the grain … and all the blotches, scratches and glue spots.