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Forum topic by JBorfair posted 07-02-2014 04:39 AM 1145 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-02-2014 04:39 AM

Topic tags/keywords: finishing problem cut problem oversaw filler

Hello fellow Lumberjocks:
I am brand new to the forum (but not the site) so I wanted to introduce myself and ask a question.

My name is Jim, I live in Dixon, Ca. and I retired from the Air Force about 10 months ago after 38 years. I was a C-5 Loadmaster for 31 of those years, and then a C-17 Loadmaster for the last 7 of my career.
Not too long after I retired, I got back into my favorite hobby of working with wood. I never had enough time to get to a “respected” level, but I think I am approaching that milestone very soon.
What got me back into the “finer” aspects of woodworking was a project my wife wanted to know if I could do and that was a blanket chest. It took me about 10 days to do it and it turned out much better than I thought it would. That success has moved me into many other projects and expanding my knowledge of building stuff. Lumberjocks has inspired to do so many things I never thought I would be able to do, and I thank everyone of you for your posts along with finding the answers I have had for the many issues I have run into.
Now with all that said, I have a small issue I need to resolve for a project I am working on. I have a very close friend that is retiring from the Air Force in August and I (at his wife’s request) am building a shadow box out of oak for his ceremony.
I have run into a small, but very noticeable issue I need to resolve. In the process of doing some rabbets for the backboard of the box, I made a cut in a place where it shouldn’t have been. It is 1/8” wide and 1” long. The depth varies as it was done on my table saw. That is to say, the deepest part of the cut is the entry point of the board to the blade, and tapers to flush where I stopped. Starting over is not an option at this point ( I have done that once already).
Will you professionals help me with suggestions as to the best way to fill this “void”, that will be the least noticeable please? It is on the back, and on the bottom so it won’t be seen when hung on the wall, or placed on a mantel. But…..being a man of pride in my work (and the guy I making this for is also a FINE woodworker so he will be looking at it for perfection). Actually, I strive to be as good as he is so I want this to look as good as I can for him. He has made many a shadow box in his time, but I guarantee you he has not ventured into a box to the extent I am. Essentially, I am (sort of) trying to one up him, if that is at all possible. BUT!!! My idea alone is one upping him.
Thank you anyone and everyone for your ideas. I will post photos of the project, and the progress from beginning to end when it is done. But in the meantime, here is a photo of my Faux Pa on t he project.


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#1 posted 07-02-2014 04:42 AM

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#2 posted 07-02-2014 04:48 AM

If you really want it to disappear, then cut a plug from matching wood and glue it in, even if you have to carve out a little more to get a good fit. Sand smooth after the glue dries. done

-- Jerry, making sawdust professionally since 1976

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#3 posted 07-02-2014 04:54 AM

I would plug it “dowl” with the same material your working with. Block plane the excess material then sand and finish it. The great thing about a mishap like this is the table saw has already done a lot of the patch work carving for you.


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#4 posted 07-02-2014 04:54 AM

EXACTLY.what Jerry said. I did something similar on a fishing net build. I cut a 1/8” wide piece and painstakingly sanded and shaped it to fit. Glue in in before the glue dries completely give it a light sanding the dust will blend with the unsecured glue and make the joint completely disappear. Good luck.

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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#5 posted 07-02-2014 04:55 AM

Jerry was faster to reply. My old man hands can only type so fast.


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#6 posted 07-02-2014 07:35 AM

I can’t offer any better solution that what has been said. I just wanted to thank you for your many years of service to our country. People like you have protected our freedom from those who would take it away.

-- I am going to go stand outside so if anyone asks about me, tell them I'M OUTSTANDING!

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#7 posted 07-02-2014 05:36 PM

Thank you everyone for the replies, you have been most helpful! Doing the plug thing now.

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