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Tool Cabinet Build #12: Aww Crap... Gonna need help hiding this mistake...

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Blog entry by Airframer posted 11-14-2013 02:27 PM 1241 reads 0 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well, this morning I had an “Aww Piss” moment over my morning coffee.

I was sitting at the bench and decided to do a quick dry fit of the top to see where the secondary wall would land on it when I noticed I had made a HUGE error.

I rabbeted the wrong side of the top!

I had checked and re-checked before cutting it but somehow STILL ended up getting the wrong end. So now I have a rabbet joint along the front edge of the top panel.

My thinking on how to hide this is to add a curved decorative trim piece to that section.

Something like this but not exactly like it.. you get the idea..

The bad part is that this was my ugly rabbet so I will need to deal with cleaning that up to get a good joint out of it. Any other ideas?

-- Eric - "I'm getting proficient with these hand jobbers. - BigRedKnothead"



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AnthonyReed

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#1 posted 11-14-2013 02:38 PM

Bummer AF. I don’t know if the piece needs to be all that decorative. Maybe something as simple as a stopped chamfer w/lamb's tongue or something along those lines would be enough.

-- ~Tony

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WhoMe

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#2 posted 11-14-2013 02:42 PM

Imo, if you need a square edge, why not clean up the rabbet and insert another piece of poplar, plane and sand too the existing profile. Or use a contrasting hardwood to make it fancy.

-- I'm not clumsy.. It's just the floor hates me, the tables and chairs are bullies and the wall gets in the way.. - Mike -

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JayT

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#3 posted 11-14-2013 02:45 PM

Measure twice, cut once, curse thrice.

+1 on WhoMe’s idea of adding a strip of contrasting hardwood as an accent.

-- "The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public's money." Alexis de Tocqueville, 1835

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Airframer

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#4 posted 11-14-2013 02:49 PM

I had considered doing that but would loose the 2 pins. I could recut them but if it can be done without that I am all for it.

Tony.. I like the simpler idea. I might play around with my sash cutter on the 45 and see what I can come up with.

-- Eric - "I'm getting proficient with these hand jobbers. - BigRedKnothead"

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sras

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#5 posted 11-14-2013 03:31 PM

I like the decorative panel idea. Some of the most interesting features on my pieces have been the result of recovering from mistakes.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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JayT

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#6 posted 11-14-2013 03:34 PM

I had considered doing that but would loose the 2 pins

Why? I was just thinking you could inset a contrasting piece into the errant rabbet, not cut off any more.

-- "The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public's money." Alexis de Tocqueville, 1835

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#7 posted 11-14-2013 03:50 PM

Just glue some wood into the rabbet, once that’s dry plane it down about a 1/16”th. Glue another thin strip to the front to hide the interruption in the grain. Plain it flush to the other parts and Voila! Invisible…

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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Airframer

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#8 posted 11-14-2013 04:16 PM

JayT – Ahh. I was confused. I see what you are saying now. I’ll play around with some wood and see how things look.

Maur – I like that idea too.. but now I am starting to like the trim piece idea lol. I’ll have a plan of some sort settled on by tonight I think.

-- Eric - "I'm getting proficient with these hand jobbers. - BigRedKnothead"

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pintodeluxe

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#9 posted 11-14-2013 09:23 PM

I would fill it with the same wood type. You should be able to make a seamless repair.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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Airframer

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#10 posted 11-14-2013 11:27 PM

ARGGGGGG!!! I just checked the bottom panel and I DID IT ON THAT ONE TOO!!!!!

I give up.. gotta ponder this one for a bit..

-- Eric - "I'm getting proficient with these hand jobbers. - BigRedKnothead"

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theoldfart

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#11 posted 11-14-2013 11:40 PM

It’s miller time!. Walk away, breathe, punch the wall, sacrifice a chicken, anything but try to work on that now. I drilled through the show face of a piece on Tuesday night. I’ll take care of it tomorrow. Your good at this so no worries you’ll come up with something and Stef will ‘dis ya and Red will cheer you on. Ah life is good ;0)

-- "Aged flatus, I heard that some one has already blown out your mortise." THE Surgeon ……………………………………. Kevin

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Airframer

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#12 posted 11-14-2013 11:49 PM

If I was still a drinker it would definitely be Miller Time but for now this is nagging me too much to step away from.

Gonna go look through my wood pile and see what I can come up with for patches….

-- Eric - "I'm getting proficient with these hand jobbers. - BigRedKnothead"

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robswork

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#13 posted 11-15-2013 01:56 AM

Couple thoughts, what about cutting the case down in depth and either adding a face frame or flush mounting a frame and panel back. I try to think of these moments as times to show my true skill. Old boss said anyone can do it when things go right, true craftsman make it work when things go astray. Let me know what you decide.

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#14 posted 11-15-2013 04:24 AM

I would cut it back and glue on a strip to rebuild the edge, then re-cut the front dovetail.

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Airframer

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#15 posted 11-15-2013 04:33 AM

tsangell – You know… After fiddling with it all night trying to get a filler piece fitted I think that is the route I will have to take.

More on this tomorrow..

-- Eric - "I'm getting proficient with these hand jobbers. - BigRedKnothead"

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