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#1 posted 11-15-2012 12:52 PM

I design everything 6” taller and 6” wider than I actually want it to be so the finished product after cutting off all my mistakes turns out well :)

Joking aside, I do “start over” a lot. I’ve been known to re-rip glue lines and start over. I also do the “wet sanding” trick.
Drilled that hole to start a mortise in the wrong side? Decorative plug with contrasting wood time!
Glue up warped a little? Let’s go to extreme measures to flatten it and add breadboard ends!
I picked up a really good tip from Charles Neil. Ever sanded right though your color when smoothing out finishes? I have many times. I touch the piece up with an airbrush and it comes out perfect again.

To date, I have never scrapped a project (although many should have been). I will got to great lengths to save something.


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