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Oops! I Drilled Through

I Drilled Through Drilling a pilot hole is no time for guessing, especially when there’s a risk of drilling too deep and going through the other side (above). To avoid this, mark the correct depth on the bit with a masking tape flag (right). When the flag gets close to the...

Oops! Back Leg Boo-Boo

  Back Leg Boo-Boo My wife asked me to repair a wobbly kitchen chair. All the joints below the seat had failed, so it didn’t take much to knock apart the legs and stretchers. The joints were a bit loose after I removed all the glue, so I planned to wrap...

Oops! Welded Router

  Welded Router OK, I admit it. I’m not the best at tool maintenance. The cord on my trusty old router was frayed down to the wires about 8" away from the motor housing, and occasionally it shorted out. But replacing the cord was too much trouble—if I jiggled it just...

Oops! Rusty Shop

Rusty Shop   Before leaving town for the weekend, I made room in my garage shop to stack the 500 bd. ft. of freshly cut red oak that I’d just acquired. I aimed a fan at the stack to help circulate the air, so the boards would dry evenly while I...

Oops! Dust Storm Disaster

Dust Storm Disaster After reading about the health hazards of microscopic dust particles, I decided to retrofit my old dust collector with a canister filter. This was its second upgrade: I’d already wired my collector to automatically start whenever I turned on one of my stationary machines. I removed the collector’s...

Oops! Homesteader

Oops! Homesteader While I was visiting my brother  in Florida, he showed me his latest toy, a Wood-Mizer portable sawmill. A huge hickory log was mounted on the cutting platform. Sawdust puffed as the blade effortlessly sliced a 3" thick section from the top of the log. "That was the 'clean...

Oops! Sanding Au Naturel

  Oops! Sanding Au Naturel   I’m so handy, I thought as I flipped over the board I had just sanded without stopping my belt sander. I simply lifted the sander out of the way with one hand and let it drop down to my side. Unfortunately, the rotating belt grabbed...

Oops! Talkin’ Trash

Oops! Talkin' Trash One day while disposing trash at the landfill, I discovered a pristine miter saw. It looked perfect—well, almost. The blade was covered with nasty burn marks. I love fixing old tools, so I took the saw home, expecting to recondition it and replace the blade. Imagine my surprise...

Oops! Runaway Router

Oops! Runaway Router By Tom Hennek My first router, a 1968 Stanley, was a heavy, single speed machine. I remember it well because of what happened the very first time I used it. I chucked up a Roman ogee bit and made my first pass. As I marveled, spellbound, at the...