Woeful Woodworkers

by Scott Noyes
Solving Tips

Story


One Saturday afternoon, five woodworkers met at the hardware store. Each was buying parts to use on their latest projects (one was a train table). While they waited for the cashier to ring up their purchases, they got to talking shop and about recent frustrating mistakes they'd made while trying to finish the project in time for their grandkids' birthday (one assembled a large project inside and found the next day it wouldn't fit through the door no matter which way it was turned).

Using the clues below, can you figure out the order they stood in line, the part each was buying, the project he was working on, and what mistake he had made?


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./Labels/v_Andy.png ./Labels/v_Frank.png ./Labels/v_Jon.png ./Labels/v_Ken.png ./Labels/v_Rob.png ./Labels/v_bed.png ./Labels/v_box.png ./Labels/v_house.png ./Labels/v_kitchen.png ./Labels/v_table.png ./Labels/v_blew_dust.png ./Labels/v_drilled_deep.png ./Labels/v_mismeasured.png ./Labels/v_oil_and_water.png ./Labels/v_too_large.png ./Labels/v_dowels.png ./Labels/v_feet.png ./Labels/v_hinges.png ./Labels/v_nails.png ./Labels/v_pulls.png
./Labels/v_Queue.png ./Labels/h_1.png Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark
./Labels/h_2.png Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark
./Labels/h_3.png Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark
./Labels/h_4.png Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark
./Labels/h_5.png Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark
./Labels/v_Purchase.png ./Labels/h_dowels.png Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark
./Labels/h_feet.png Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark
./Labels/h_hinges.png Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark
./Labels/h_nails.png Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark
./Labels/h_pulls.png Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark
./Labels/v_Error.png ./Labels/h_blew_dust.png Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark
./Labels/h_drilled_deep.png Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark
./Labels/h_mismeasured.png Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark
./Labels/h_oil_and_water.png Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark
./Labels/h_too_large.png Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark
./Labels/v_Project.png ./Labels/h_bed.png Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark
./Labels/h_box.png Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark
./Labels/h_house.png Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark
./Labels/h_kitchen.png Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark
./Labels/h_table.png Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark
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JavaScript Grid by Scott Noyes

Clues

  1. Rob (who wasn't buying nails) got in line sometime after the one who had tried cleaning up with his shop vac and blew sawdust all over his freshly finished project (who got in line immediately after the one who was building the toy box).
  2. Andy (who wasn't buying hinges) was not in line immediately before Rob.
  3. The woodworker building the bed was not there to buy hinges or nails; this person joined the line sometime after the one buying brass feet, and after (but not immediately after) the one who was building the doll house.
  4. The one buying the drawer pulls (who wasn't Jon) got in line immediately before the one who was building the toy box (who wasn't the one buying dowels).
  5. Jon joined the line sometime after the one who grabbed the wrong can and applied a water based finish before letting the oil base dry.
  6. The woodworker who accidentally drilled a pilot hole clear through the front of his project (not the first in line) was immediately in front of the one buying nails.
  7. The one who measured once and cut twice (who was either second or third in line) stood immediately behind Frank and immediately in front of Andy.
  8. Ken's project was either the play kitchen or the sleigh bed.



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