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Forum topic by ddockstader posted 01-27-2016 11:19 PM 1485 views 0 times favorited 17 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-27-2016 11:19 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question router maple traditional

I should have known better than to keep working when I was tired. I was putting a cove detail on some coffee tables with my small router and the fence slipped, resulting in the 3 nicks in the frame. I have always considered myself an expert at fixing my mistakes, primarily through LOTS of practice because I make lots of mistakes. But this one has me stumped. The coffee table is supposed to be in our living room and it’s for my wife, so I’d like to fix this without making it too obvious. I’m looking for suggestions from this esteemed group.

As I see it, I have a couple of options.
1. I can move the fence so that I route the cove a little deeper. The deepest nick is about 7/32” so I could just move the fence that far. The only problem with that is I probably would have to re-route all the other coves so that they match. Still, this would seem to be the least obvious fix.
2. I can use a straight bit and route out a small rabbet behind the nicks, then shape another piece of maple to fit into that rabbet, glue it in and re-route the cove. The maple is pretty bland around the nicks and I have some extra maple that might match pretty well. But I think it will still look like a patch and I need to figure out where to start and stop it.
3. I can completely ignore the mistakes, sand them down pretty well and hope that no one else notices. Probably the most practical, but it would drive me to drink.

Those are the only solutions I have thought of. If you have any other ideas, I would love to hear them. If you don’t have any other way to fix it, let me know which of the 3 choices you think would be the most successful. Thanks for any help you can provide.


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#1 posted 01-27-2016 11:23 PM

Gouge it several more times in a random pattern along the edge and call it a “design feature” it might actually not look that bad.

-- "Lack of effort will result in failure with amazing predictability" - Me

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#2 posted 01-27-2016 11:28 PM

Maybe come back into the original cove with an ogee bit? It could match the first cut and add another detail with the roundover and filet

-- I've decided 1 mistake is really 2 opportunities to learn.. learn how to fix it... and learn how to not repeat it

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#3 posted 01-27-2016 11:29 PM

and the fence slipped, ?

A Bosch Colt by chance?

I would attend to the router problem first and then make a bigger Cove detail.

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#4 posted 01-27-2016 11:36 PM

Are we looking at the top of the table or the bottom? From your pix I’m having trouble figuring out what you are doing.

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#5 posted 01-27-2016 11:48 PM

From the looks of it, I think option #1 is the best choice.

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#6 posted 01-27-2016 11:50 PM

The cleanest option is to redo it. When looking at some otherwise fine furniture it is noticeable that someone screwed up something and than had a genius idea how to fix it.

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#7 posted 01-27-2016 11:56 PM

Can you replace that board?

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#8 posted 01-28-2016 12:14 AM

The pictures are rotated 90 degrees to the left, sorry. On the first picture, you are looking at the side of the table and the nicks are on the side of the front leg. The second picture is showing the bottom rail on the back of the table. It’s actually sitting on the top of the second table, where I didn’t make any mistakes, but it is probably a little confusing. Can’t replace any of the wood because it is all frame for the table and M&T together. The fence didn’t really slip – I did. I’ll have to check my router bits, but I am actually thinking I might have a Roman ogee bit that might over route the mistakes. That’s an idea I hadn’t really thought of.

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#9 posted 01-28-2016 12:43 AM

If using the same set up, Ogee bit, what will keep it from happening again?? If I see it right, too small of a support for the router base.

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#10 posted 01-28-2016 01:22 AM

I like bigblock’s idea…

-- If it's doable, I'll do it...if it's been done, I've done it...if it's impossible, I'll try it.

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#11 posted 01-28-2016 01:27 AM

Don’t feel bad about this as lot’s of us goof things up enough. Your Ogee bit may be the best solution. Your’re going to feel really good about your save. Good luck and share your final result if you would.

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#12 posted 01-28-2016 01:32 AM

Well you’ll see a patch and it will look just like one unless you use a different wood. Router out the bad cuts with a straight bit and do the same for all similarly oriented pieces. Then use a contrasting wood to fill and then make some kind of design choice regarding the profile you will make. Other than that, it’s increasing the size of the cove unless an ogee will work, but it would have to be pretty large to compensate for the errors.

Edit: Looks like you’re already incorporating some contrasting wood, so that would be my choice.

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#13 posted 01-28-2016 01:32 AM

I like the ogee idea if the bit is big enough to remove the oops.

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#14 posted 01-28-2016 03:01 AM

First, carve out (straight bit) the oops up to only a hair past the oops each way, and glue in a patch of the same type of wood, then sand/plane and rout to match. If that turns out to be too obvious, carve out the patch, and try one of the tips suggested above, or…

Mill the entire element down past the oops (probably past the cove too), then glue on a strip to restore the original dimensions. Rout the cove again. The glue line might just end up looking like a deign feature.

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#15 posted 02-06-2016 03:51 PM

Time for some I fixed it photos, want to see how it was solved.

-- I've decided 1 mistake is really 2 opportunities to learn.. learn how to fix it... and learn how to not repeat it

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