There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure. Colin Powell
I messed up on a job last weekend.
My client is building a beautiful house on the top of a hill with a million dollar view. They asked me to build them some white oak tops; one for the desk, one for the island, and one for the attached dining area. Because of the size of the rough slabs, I had to build the tops in place.
And did I mention that the dining table top was round, except at the end where there was a square extension from the round top?
I was trimming the rough blank to size with my jigsaw…tight to the line, everything is going good.
Until I saw that the top had shifted on the pedestal base and I had sawn into the trim of the island itself. I swore when I saw the damage I had done.
I’m going to pay for this, both out of my pocket and from future jobs that I don’t get word of mouth. Don’t get me wrong, the pieces that I supplied are gorgeous. Beautiful. Beyond amazing. I’m hoping that the client will focus on that and less on the oopsie in the future
But I screwed up, and I’m going to learn from it.
-Secure workpieces before working on them. Better yet, when on the jobsite, put the workpiece on either sawhorses or a site-built work table or a workbench. Don’t work in/on the installed area.
-Use furniture pads. This helps to prevent scratches, segregates the area to store tools, and generally protects everything.
-You can never have too many clamps on the job site.