Thread of workaraounds and mistake fixes

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Blog entry by Chelios posted 03-27-2010 05:31 AM 1373 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I thought it would be cool to have a thread of all the woodworking fixes we all know. It would really help the new people especially to get better.

Such a thread may already exist but I haven’t come across it. If that is the case please place a link to it…

So here is one that you may find helpful.

Workaround # 1 – Fitting tennons- when you need to adjust just a breath and your plane is taking too big shavings, you can have a lot more control if you take a wide chisel, angle it really high up as if you are using a scraper. One can take the finest shavings off for a perfect fit and you don’t need to adjust your planes.

Fix # 1- (courtesy of Patron) – If your finished piece develops a hairline check, you can use the inlaid butterflies to hold the checks in place. Patron recommended to clamp the piece down, route the butterfly mortise, cut the butterfly on the bandsaw and fit it. I used it on a project and not only did it fix the check, it made it look great. Thanks!

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#1 posted 03-28-2010 01:36 PM

Fix #2: Woodscrews have slopped out hole over years.
Toothpicks and wood glue shoved in hole.
Just rescrew old screw back in.

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#2 posted 04-08-2010 07:32 PM

Here is another one I learned from Rasta

To Ebonize Walnut-

Pour vinegar in a container, drop in a steel wool pad, let sit about a week with a cover on it, then just brush it on or dip it in and in a few minutes it will turn black, you can actually watch it turn-it’s very cool to see.

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#3 posted 04-08-2010 11:46 PM

Fix # 4

To fix a hairline gap on a sanded ready to finish piece. Use crazy glue on the gap and then sand over with 400 grit.

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