Fixing Mistakes - A Patch

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Blog entry by GarageWoodworks posted 09-02-2013 09:55 PM 1195 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made a mistake while creating a mortise for a hinge on one of my dartboard cabinet doors. At first I couldn’t believe I did it; I over shot my mark on one of my router passes on the edge of the mortise (worst place). Because it was on the edge I had to have my patch match on two faces of the lumber. I found a suitable piece of cherry to use and I made the best matching face be on the outside where the patch would be most noticeable. I squared up the failed router pass and glued in my oversized patch. After planing both faces with a hand plane I was amazed at how well it worked out. Viewed from the outside edge the patch isn’t noticeable. The face (top from the image below) grain was a little noticeable but was still a good blend.

If I didn’t keep my cool and tried to fix it in a hurry it would have been much worse. After the patch was flushed on both faces with a hand plane I continued making my hinge mortise and squared the corners with a chisel.

Not a bad save in my opinion.

(This mistake and patch will be shown in my next video)


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#1 posted 09-02-2013 11:23 PM

That`s not a mistake—-only an opportunity to do the job a different way
Ron in Hobart

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#2 posted 09-02-2013 11:49 PM

Ha! I like the way you think Ron!

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