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Craaaaack Oopppps!

Finally it seems that I’m making progress. All of the mortises are complete and all but the side Tenons fitted when suddenly I notice a line where none should be, in fact much worse than a line a crack has appeared on one of the legs.

Sitting quietly with a mug of tea, I contemplate the crack considering its similarity to the Grand Canyon or perhaps the San Andreas Fault. Fortunately it is on the outside of one of the legs, why fortunately you ask? Because there are no mortises here and I can laminate a piece down the entire side without having to cut mortises.

At times I believe the real skill of woodworking is repairing the mistakes or covering up the natural flaws. Using my table saw ( yes I do have one) a quarter inch is trimmed off the leg and I plane the new surface smooth. Then I cut a piece to laminate over the  crack which will be planed to match the other legs.

IMG_1427 The repair is on the left side of the leg, after planing to size and finish it should blend into the rest of the piece.

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  1. April 19, 2015 at 10:31 am

    I used to tell my students that the difference between a good woodworker and a better one is their ability to hide their mistakes or problems —- looks like “ya done good!”

  2. April 19, 2015 at 6:01 pm

    Wow, nice save on that leg!

  3. April 19, 2015 at 9:22 pm

    Agreed, nice save! I’m very familiar with the sickening feeling when something like the crack happens. You handled it beautifully.

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