Have you ever had one of those days? I thought that I would continue drilling holes on my Thorsen Table to add my decorative buttons over the through dowels. So last night I went into the shop and put another coat of polyurathane on my table top. Then, I began setting up a fostner bit to begin drilling. Well, the beginning of the ”OOPS” actually began when I put the bit up a couple of days ago. Since the box that my fostner bits are in isn’t marked for easy viewing, I decided to mark it with the bit size above each bit. I thought I was heading off the problem I had by doing this! I even thought that I marked the one I had just used for the buttons. Well, as you already have figured out, I mismarked the bit! Not knowing this at the time, I chucked a 5/8” bit into my chuck, instead of the 1/2” bit that I needed. This is what happens when you don’t use your head and double check that you have the proper sized bit before drilling. What was really ”STUPID” of me was that I had two holes drilled that I could and should have taken the bit and verified that it was the same one with.
Now, think quickly…how am I going to fix this and it not show? I could cut a dowel and glue it in the 5/8” hole, then come back with the 1/2” bit and redrill to the correct size. I didn’t have a dowel making jig and setting up the lathe for a 1/2” X 5/8” plug didn’t make sense, so I did the next best thing. I took one of the extra 1/2” buttons and glued it into the hole. Shazam! It turns out the the head of the button is 5/8”, so this should work. Once the glue dries, I will drill and shave it down, then redrill it an correct a mistake that shouldn’t have been made in the first place.
Hopefully, I can help someone else not make this same mistake on a project by confessing my error, embarrasing as it is.
Good woodworking to everyone!
-- Jesus is Lord!