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Some Days, An Inch is a Mile!

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UPDATE: I got things turned around and mounted the headers. I also got the sliding door done correctly, the first time :-). I think I measured about 17 times, lol.


Slider before trim:


Slider after trim:



As mentioned, I’ve been working on trim for our master bedroom. Ann wanted a Craftsman look to the trim, so I put together this look to the header, constructed out of four pieces, two of which require the table saw and planer to meet the right specs (I love having the wood working equipment at the ready!!). The first iteration of this turned out great on Wednesday.


Still needing to finish two other doors, both 36″ wide (closet was only 29″ wide), I decided to do both headers at the same time on Thursday. I measured. I remeasured. I cut. I painted. Everything seemed to be assembling fine. But, somehow, I wrote down the wrong initial measurement, one inch too narrow, which led to this foul up (albeit, much stronger language was used when I set the header atop the boards in this photo!


Yep, I was exactly one inch short! *%@*@!! So, I spent Friday rebuilding another set of headers exactly one inch wider, lol …

On the bright side, it turns out, after walking through the house measuring doorways, that we have two different doors in the future tv/office that have 35″ doorways, so the now-extra headers will work perfectly in there … whew!


5 Comments on “Some Days, An Inch is a Mile!

  1. Blaine

    There is the old adage, “Measure twice, cut once”. And one I just made up. “Start with the biggest one first” LOL. I like working with wood (but seldom do) because you can make any any size and shape you want a lot easier than metal. Hmmm… maybe that’s why some guys made Jeeps bodies out of wood.

  2. Konwakiton

    BWAHAHA !!! — M-E-A-S-U-R-E — T=W=I=C=E + cut once — especially with the price of lumber these days — i like carpentry work , i dont get GREASY !!! — i bought a nice table saw to re-engineer the unknown type of wood on my willys stakebody trucks — nobody seems to know what kind of wood the stakebodies were originally made of — i’m about ready to try dna sampling — i think the stakebody trucks were built as a cab + chassis and then taken to some stakebody manufacturer in ohio somewhere — the stakebodies were not made in-house at the willys overland factory on PARKWAY BLVD in toledo , ohio — my ww2 war hero father grew up south of toledo in the 30’s , finley , ohio ? he said most guys from finley went north to work at the willys plant — pops did not go that route , he joined the ccc’s in the mid 30’s then joined the navy right before the pearl harbor attack — of course he was there at pearl harbor 12/8/41 aboard the uss enterprise to resupply and GO AFTER THE ENEMY !! — ps , his days in the ccc were spent in utah , castledale ? he said frank sinatra was in his camp but went AWOL and snuck back to new jersey to start his singing career — frank never served , AWOL from the ccc’s and 4f at his draft board , he bought his way out , spent ww2 drinking and carousing with with hollywood starlets , that dont sound too bad ? — i did the same thing during the vietnam war in haight ashbury , oh well , i did save the redwoods and stopped the vietnam war with protests … PEACE OUT

  3. JohnfromSC

    Dave, I am most certain that you measred correctly the first time. Wood obviously schemes against you as it does me.It is resouceful and cunning. I learned “measure twice, cut once” but alas to no avail. The wood just laughs at me.

    I love metal studs and headers. Even extruded finish materials are better than that evil wood!

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