Well I'm pleased that this thread has done well after ribbing Rick to start it. Outside of thefts, I have never had a "Pedro Style" disaster. In many ways I guess you could say I've been lucky. Then again, I have had a lot of the "stupidity style" disasters...but I'm loathe to disclose the details. You would think that age would be tempering, but it isn't. I will relate a late model screw up that was affected by Mudcat, which at least can partly share the blame.
I was building a Courtin' Dulcimer for a 25th anniversary present for close friends. I got to thinking on a thread and was not paying a ton of attention to what I was doing. At that time I was insetting the fretboards into the soundbox. A little shave here, a bit of sandpaper there...kept thinking about how nice these looked as they were bookmatched...and the thread(I won't say which)...a bit off right there, yeah...really dressed those frets didn't you...thread...they are going to love this...check height/level...just a touch...again...OK ...now be careful to smoothout the preglue....thread....'boutright...thread...set one board and light clamp ...thread...type in response...preglue and inset second board...light clamp...lookin' good.
Next day...1.)Removes clamps 2.) Admires work. 3.)PONDERS WHERE HE CAN FIND TWO LEFT HANDED LAP DULCIMER PLAYERS.