Close but Not Quite

Rob Johnstone Photo

About a hundred years ago, I was making a very large birdcage (3′ x 3′ x 8′) for my sister-in-law. She wanted her finches to breed, and they needed to be able to fly around or something to get in the mood. (I am reporting here, not editorializing.)

It seemed a fun job, and after measuring the doorway to her apartment (so the cage could get in), I set about constructing it. All was well until I was trying to slide the cage through the door into her bedroom – a door I had not measured yet. To make a long story short, after a lot of fussing around and a few foul (or maybe fowl) words, the project went back to the shop for revisions.

I am certain that I am not the only person to have found myself in a conundrum of my own making, woodworking wise. So, here is your chance to share your “oops” efforts. We’ll publish them in next week’s Weekly to help make all of us feel better.

Rob Johnstone, Woodworker’s Journal

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