Along with another little repair on a different project that was brought to me, I used a shop session last night to fix the hole I accidently punched in the chest carcase. (a “session” is two or three hours after supper on a weeknight – I get maybe one or two a week.)
Thanks for the key inlay suggestion, but with 1/4” ply material for the panel, that’s not possible – the material has to be thicker.
Took a couple of drawer dividers back out and I did manage to cut out the back half of the dado cheek top/bottom from the inside of the carcase and punch out the damaged panel. I found another piece of oak ply with a grain pattern that continued the bottom panel grain very well, carefully cut and tested until I retained as much width as possible but could still spring it into the side dadoes. It actually looks real good from the outside. Of course the insde doesn’t look real great anymore with replacement glue blocks holding the panel, but after the drawers are in, it will rarely be seen. Re-installed the drawer dividers and went to bed.
Trying to stop being frustrated with such a bone head mistake and the lost time that could have been used for real progress.
-- Paul, Texas