Copper Patina Gate II #5: Mistakes... Aaaaaaaaaaargh!

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Blog entry by newTim posted 07-13-2009 03:24 AM 4078 reads 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I hate mistakes. However, sometimes I like the challenge of fixing them. The idea I think is to not just cover them up, but if the fix cannot be hidden, make it appear to be part of the original design. Or as many a Lumberjock might say, make it into a design enhancement. So here’s my latest error. While cutting the outer arch the pivot board and pin moved causing an unsightly gash.

And here’s a close up.

So the idea came to me to make a dado, or rabbet, or groove, whatever you call it, and cut away the entire mess, then patch it.

I set up the dado blades and lengthened the fence so two points remained in contact throughout the cut. Actually, I pushed the piece through a couple of times with the blade lowered to make sure I had good control and the cut would be square.

I ended up with a nice channel to glue a cutoff. I glued it in place and trimmed it close to the arch with a jigsaw.

I then used a pattern bit to smooth the edge with the remaining arch, and viola! Oh yeah. Since I made this mistake i decided to make this the back side of the gate. Nobody will ever see it or give it any notice, but I will look at it everytime I get a chance. And the gods will smile.

-- tim hill

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#1 posted 07-13-2009 03:59 AM

good save

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#2 posted 07-13-2009 04:40 AM

Nice , on the fly design enhancement

-- We the unwilling,led by the unknowing,are doing the impossible, for the ungrateful.We have done so much for so long with so little, We are now qualified to do anything with nothing.

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#3 posted 07-13-2009 04:41 AM

... every woodworker makes mistakes …it’s the good ones that hide them well, you did fine

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#4 posted 07-13-2009 04:44 AM

Great modification. Nice job on the recovery.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#5 posted 07-13-2009 04:46 AM

Thanks all… congratulations Dan.

-- tim hill

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#6 posted 07-13-2009 04:55 AM

Good Save! I will have to throw that one into my bag of tricks!

-- //FC - Round Rock, TX - "Experience is what you get just after you need it"

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