Made a mistake - can you help fix it?

  • Advertise with us

« back to Designing Woodworking Projects forum

Forum topic by Siv posted 12-13-2017 08:33 PM 828 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
View Siv's profile


62 posts in 1341 days

12-13-2017 08:33 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question

I’m making a pen box for my sister from walnut and purpleheart and I made a mistake cutting the edge splines – the box moved a little in the jig when cutting the top spline and gouged a chunk off the corner. I haven’t cut the top off the box yet and the plan was to cut just below the first spline.

I’ve had several thoughts on how to fit it:
1, cut the whole side edge off on the miter saw and make a purpleheart replacement
2, cut just the top corner off and replace with purpleheart down to the first spline
3, clean up the chunk to make a nice smooth indentation and keep it as a feature of the box (will make opening easier)
4, expand the spline cut so make it extra wide to cover the “oopsie” and insert a decorative spline (maybe alternating layers of walnut and purpleheart)

What do you think? Any better ideas? This is supposed to be a Christmas present so I need to be finished by the 24th and only have time in the evenings after work… I’m leaning towards number 3 as my preferred option.

6 replies so far

View sras's profile


5456 posts in 3901 days

#1 posted 12-13-2017 08:50 PM

#3 is a good option. I like to take a problem and turn it into a feature. In this case you wouldn’t have thought of an indentation there but now it makes sense!

I also like your wide spline idea. You could round off the corners which would help get rid of some of the damage and allow a narrower wide spline…

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

View Manitario's profile


2816 posts in 3655 days

#2 posted 12-13-2017 09:00 PM

I’d glue together a small scrap of walnut and purpleheart and glue it into the chunk that came out. You can then smooth it down to the sides and recut the spline slot.

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

View jeffswildwood's profile


4449 posts in 2749 days

#3 posted 12-13-2017 09:00 PM

Could you 45 the corners then redo the splines like this.

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

View LittleShaver's profile


672 posts in 1391 days

#4 posted 12-13-2017 09:00 PM

I like the round it over and use the original spline approach. Softer (rounded) edges and corners on the box will make it feel better.

-- Sawdust Maker

View oldnovice's profile


7558 posts in 4139 days

#5 posted 12-13-2017 10:06 PM

Welcome to the world of woodworking as I am sure we have all made mistakes.

As to your problem, I have to agree with Steve, post # 1, as this reduces the amount of effort and, possibly adds to the appearance!

-- "It's fine in practise but it will never work in theory"

View TungOil's profile


1382 posts in 1267 days

#6 posted 12-14-2017 01:34 AM

Personally I’d probably lean towards #4 if it will look ok.

-- The optimist says "the glass is half full". The pessimist says "the glass is half empty". The engineer says "the glass is twice as big as it needs to be"

Have your say...

You must be signed in to reply.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics