Hiding Mistakes

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Project by oldnovice posted 07-17-2012 06:50 AM 3322 views 6 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

There have been a number of posts on hiding mistakes and this is one my examples.

I was building an end table and I cut one of the legs too short!

No, not really, I saw Steve Ramsey’s video and I like wooden puzzles so I decided to try this one. And I did make a mistake. Not as unusual as I make it sound!

I did not to set the blade height correctly and cut too deeply as shown by the red circle. The wood was poplar and I had some 1/8” walnut laying around I decided to see how it would look with a walnut strip to fill the mistake cut. After that I decided to add random walnut strips to other pieces. This way the one mistake would not stand out and in fact I have a hard time finding it myself.

I used Minwax spray lacquer as the finish and as you can see sunlight has taken its toll on the exposed areas.

Actually I made two of these and this is the second one. I gave the first one to a mail man it had no mistakes but was not lacquered. He sees me in my garage workshop and is curious about what I am doing.

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#1 posted 07-17-2012 06:56 AM

well done

looks perfect !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#2 posted 07-17-2012 09:36 AM

Nice job, Blondie gets on me all the time for pointing out my mistakes or things I’m not happy with. Great work, might have to make one of these one day.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#3 posted 07-17-2012 10:34 AM

Very nicely done. Can’t tell its not exactly as you intended it to be.

-- John

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#4 posted 07-17-2012 01:21 PM

Very nice puzzle!...............Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#5 posted 07-17-2012 04:53 PM


It a interlocking puzzle.
When assembled it looks easy but when given the three pieces it is difficult (for some) to assemble.

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#6 posted 07-17-2012 05:46 PM

Nice recovery from a mistake and excellent use of what most would throw away.

-- Dwight - "Free legal advice available - contact Dewey, Cheetam & Howe""

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#7 posted 07-18-2012 01:39 AM

cool looking piece … neat

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

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#8 posted 07-18-2012 09:39 PM

Very nice work on this one ! best wishes .

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