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Oops! Stealth Woodworking

Stealth Woodworking By Robert J. Collins While browsing through woodworking magazines at a local bookstore, I spotted plans for a project that really excited me. Since I didn’t want to purchase the whole magazine for only one set of plans, I secretly made sketches. Back in my shop, I started building,...

Oops! Feline-Based Finish

Feline-Based Finish By Bill Esposito After reading that burnishing lathe-turned objects with wood shavings leaves a lustrous, silky smooth finish, I decided to try it on the goblet I had turned the day before. I returned to my basement shop, reached down and grabbed a handful of shavings from the pile...

Oops! Sure Shot

Sure Shot By Keith Bachman When I found out my wife was pregnant with our first child, I decided to make a cradle. Nine months seemed like plenty of time, but naturally, I finished building the cradle with only a week to spare. I decided to apply the oil finish outside,...

Oops! Shorts Shock

Shorts Shock By Cathy Groves My husband uses scraps of wood, called “shorts,” for carving. In a lumber store, he saw some lovely pieces in a bin behind the counter. But he had a lot of explaining to do after he asked the clerk, “Do you mind if I come around...

Oops! House of Dust

House of Dust By Randy Walker To keep airborne dust from getting into the house, I bought a dust collector for my basement workshop. I wanted to start with a clean slate, so I decided to rid the shop of a decade’s worth of dust that had collected on the ductwork,...

Oops! Slap Shot

Slap Shot By Vern Johnson When I was a kid, I decided to make my own hockey stick in my dad’s workshop. I drew the shape on a 2×12 board and cut it out on the bandsaw. At 2-in., the stick was too thick, so I decided to resaw it. Brilliant!...

Oops! Spindle Sander Whirlybird

  Spindle Sander Whirlybird By Mark Claypool To clean up the slot I had just cut in a long, narrow piece of white oak, I installed a sanding drum in my oscillating spindle sander. I dropped the slotted piece in place over the drum. The drum fit inside the slot perfectly,...

Oops! Possessed Belt Sander

Possessed Belt Sander By Frank Gresser My neighbor was sanding a newly created veneer and inlay tabletop when disaster struck.With the switch of his belt sander locked in the On position, he was giving the top the finishing touches. Just then his 2,500-watt electric heater kicked on, tripping the circuit breaker...

Oops! Super Glued

Super Glued By Jim McMichael After making a small repair with super glue, I put the tube in my pocket and forgot about it. Later, when I saw the tube’s cap sitting on my workbench, I instinctively reached into my pocket— and discovered that my pants were securely glued to my...