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Project by awsum55 posted 06-12-2018 07:15 PM 1000 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this hexagon box with purple heart insets. I decided to make a top for it and wanted just a little detail. I took it to my router table to form a small ogee around the perimeter.

I didn’t have it supported correctly and it caught and ripped a chunk out of the top.

I thought I might be able to save it and put it on my table saw to try and cut away the tear-out and I was able to make it look like this.

The problem is I think the top is now too small. It used to have a nice overhang that looked like it belonged, now it just doesn’t look right. I also feel the cherry doesn’t go too well with the QS white oak. So I fixed the top, but The original box still needs a top that looks right both in size and color.

-- John D, OP, KS

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#1 posted 06-12-2018 07:27 PM

I’ll say that some part of that is the critical eye of the maker at work. We are all critical of our creations. I think it’s a good lookin’ box and a good lookin’ lid, but I think I might agree that something with a bit more of a golden hue might blend with the box. Your fix for the lid looks good. I don’t think it looks bad at all. Thanks for sharing!

-- VR, Richard "Fear is nothing more than a feeling. You feel hot. You feel hungry. You feel angry. You feel afraid. Fear can never kill you"--Remo Williams

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#2 posted 06-12-2018 08:12 PM

Thank you for the comment. I suppose you might be right when it comes to us critiquing our own work. I have been creating art all my life as a hobby and also as a former art director for an ad agency. I might be a little more sensitive to colors than some people, but as you say, the reddish pink hue doesn’t go as well as one with a golden hue would.

-- John D, OP, KS

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#3 posted 06-12-2018 10:22 PM

John, That was a supurb fix, had you not said anything nobody would have known but you.
Also, if you absolutely can’t stand looking at it, you have my address.

I guess that tells you what I think about it – I like it
The qswo with purple heart divider leading to the cherry is an eye catcher

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#4 posted 06-13-2018 01:49 AM

It is unique. And as others have stated we are our own worst critics.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#5 posted 06-13-2018 04:45 AM

I can feel your pain. I’ve been there too many times. However, removing the damage doesn’t have to involve cutting it away. For future reference, you can fill that and match the grain almost completely. It takes practice, but your photo of the tear out is a classic example of a piece that could be repaired almost invisibly.

I did a blog post that will show you what I’m talking about.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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#6 posted 06-13-2018 05:36 AM

Nice shape. We, here, used to say, what doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger…keep up with good work. Our mistakes are our best teacher.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#7 posted 06-13-2018 11:36 AM

Very nice box and fix. I agree what others said, had you not said anything, no one would know you fixed it. Remember: We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says “I meant to do that”.

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#8 posted 06-13-2018 12:58 PM

Any one of us can make a mistake and I’m glad that you were not injured. You live and learn and that’s a very nice design so you can always make some more. Congratulations.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#9 posted 06-14-2018 07:54 PM

Thanks to everyone for your nice comments.

-- John D, OP, KS

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