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I can be a bit obsessive-compulsive at times. And woodworking sure doesn’t help my malady.

My
family would be much better off if I’d just lick a few light switches
or check 63 times to make sure the stove was off. Instead, I’ll build an
entertainment center. Then I’ll strip the finish. Strip it again. Then
I’ll trash the whole thing and start over.



The only thing that
keeps me in check are the deadlines for this magazine. I’m even more
freaked out about deadlines than I am about fussing with furniture.

So
right before our Woodworking in America conference I had to finish up
building an English Layout Square for the December 2010 issue. I met my
deadline. The square looks pretty good. But I was not happy.


I
got the bridle joint bang-on. But the two lap miter joints were a
different story. There are 16 visible intersections that all need to be
perfect. I got about half of them looking nice and tight. The others had
small gaps that I couldn’t remedy and still meet my deadline.




 

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