|Forum topic by Bret||posted 05-26-2009 03:11 AM||1140 views||0 times favorited||12 replies|
05-26-2009 03:11 AM
Well, I royally screwed up one of the sides for a quilt rack I’m building. It’s my first real woodworking project, so I’m trying not to beat myself up too much. Here’s what happened:
I had the boards (two) jointed, and half of a mortise cut into each. They’re about 30” long, so I used five dowels to join the boards together. I drilled out both boards using a doweling jig and put 3/8” dowels into these 3/4” boards.
I drilled the holes about 1/8” longer than half the length of the dowels, so about 1 1/8”. Marked the drill bit with tape to be sure of the depth. I glued the dowels into the first board, tapping them in with a dead blow mallet and measuring to be sure they were below the 1 1/8” mark. All of them were.
I then spread glue on the face of that board and put a dollop on the tops of each dowel and again used my dead blow mallet to coax the boards together. They wouldn’t quite fit, but I figured I could force them together in my pipe clamps. It looked like this was working—the boards were pretty tight, I could see the line where they joined, but they weren’t under so much pressure that they were bowing.
When I took them out of the clamps an hour or two later, I realized that I had a hair’s width gap between the boards near the middle. I had thought it was just where one was higher than the other and I could sand it down, but this is a bigger whoops than that. It’s not huge, but I can see daylight through it when I look hard.
Is there any way to salvage this? Rip the boards apart, re-joint, re-dowel and try again? Or am I better off to sand it down and try to fill the crack (it really is small, but noticeable) with some kind of filler?
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