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Forum topic by Charlie posted 04-25-2012 06:58 PM 2264 views 0 times favorited 27 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-25-2012 06:58 PM

Building cabinets for my kitchen. I have all the sides, bottoms and stretchers cut for the carcasses on what we’re calling “the pantry side” of the kitchen. Nine feet of cabinets, not quite floor to ceiling (wife wants to put baskets and stuff on top) and 12 inches deep. Today I rabbeted the sides and bottoms to accept the back panel.

I stood two sides up on either end of a bottom and …. huh?.... something doesn’t look right….

When I drilled the shelf pin holes, I forgot to “bookmatch” the ends. I referenced the holes from one end on each piece, but neglected the “flip it over for the opposite end” part. So as far as the holes are concerned, I have all right sides (or all left sides). So now I have to redrill half of the sides and one side of each cabinet will have 2 sets of shelf pin holes.

Good thing these are just for me. It’s a mistake I hope I remember so I don’t do it again. :)

DOH! forehead slap

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#1 posted 04-25-2012 07:02 PM

It is part of the process – good job – at least you are not at a customer’s site.

-- David in Damascus, MD

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#2 posted 04-25-2012 07:10 PM

Wow no big deal from what I have read.Everyone needs an extra set don’t they.I guess they will look quite fine. Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#3 posted 04-25-2012 07:11 PM

You can scab a piece of 1/4 ” plywood on one side and then re drill your holes so the others won’t show.

-- Bruce Free Plans

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#4 posted 04-25-2012 07:12 PM

if id laugh at you id also have to laugh at myself. I once made a sitting bench 24” long …. not 42” like it was supposed to be. Face Palm.

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#5 posted 04-25-2012 07:26 PM

live and learn by mistakes the hard way is one way of walk thrugh life
but rarely make you rich :-(
I think we all have done it from time to time
to make woodworking skills is needed
to hide the mistakes so they canĀ“t be seen only a master can do
and a master is just a woodworker that have made lots of mistakes and still do them … :-)

lets hear how your hiding comes out :-)

good luck with the rest of the kitchen


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#6 posted 04-25-2012 07:34 PM

Drill a second set of holes on all of the other pieces, and then you can have differently sized interchangeable shelves, and call it a “feature” :-)

But I think pretty much everyone has been there… “And now we’ll just… oh hey … hmmm …. well that’s no good”

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN - -

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#7 posted 04-25-2012 07:44 PM

I might not hide them. I can just go in a half inch or 3/4 and drill another row of holes in the correct locations! :)

They’re pantry cabinets. Once the shelves are in and they’re loaded with pantry stuff, the only person that will notice is me. The cabinets won’t have glass doors and once we get the shelves where we want them we’ll probably never even move them again and I won’t have to see my double row.

I’f I’m feeling REAL ambitious, I’ll double row BOTH sides. Then it would look intentional :)

..... nah…. I’ll just redo the one side. If I was doing this for someone else, I’d recut the sides I screwed up, but it’s just for me and I haven’t done anything like this for a very long time :)

(making cabinets, that is….. screwing up I have experience at….)

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#8 posted 04-25-2012 07:59 PM

Been there and done exactly the same thing.

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#9 posted 04-25-2012 08:03 PM

No offense, but … on the screw-up meter … that barely registers ;-)

-- -- Neil

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#10 posted 04-25-2012 08:59 PM

I’ve done it too. I was out of time to make a new side so I cut a piece of prefinished 1/4 drilled the shelf pins in it to match, trimmed the shelves and glued the 1/4” in place ,worked like a charm .

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#11 posted 04-26-2012 02:08 AM

I did that before. I ended up drilling another set of holes and called it “micro-adjustable shelves”.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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#12 posted 04-26-2012 02:59 AM


He who has made no mistakes has done nothing.


-- Steve in KY. 44 years so far with my lovely bride. Think I'll keep her.

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#13 posted 04-26-2012 03:28 AM

Steve sure got that one right. Sometimes I embarrass my own self.

-- Bruce Free Plans

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#14 posted 04-26-2012 11:37 AM

Been there,done that same thing. We all make “misteaks”

-- Life is good.

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#15 posted 04-26-2012 01:28 PM

Her goes.
BTW, I’ve never done anything like that. (Right.)


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