Fixing Your Mistakes

By Robert Robillard on Remodeling

Repairing as saw kerf mistake:  fix it don’t scrap it!

My friend always teases me saying that I make everything look so easy.  “You never show the mistakes or screw-ups, whenever I try to do a DIY project it always takes me longer and I screw up something along the way.” Fixing Your Mistakes is important to do.

Well, Dan here you go . . . .  I screwed up!

The other day I was making a paint grade window seat for a client.  I was about to crosscut the window seat lid on my table saw and when I was positioning it the nosing came in contact with the blade and left a saw kerf in the wrong spot – Oops!

A saw kerf is a groove that a saw blade leaves as it enters the wood.

I had already invested a lot of time in this lid.  It was cut and sized as well as a bullnose edge was applied.  Instead of redoing the piece I decided to fix my mistake.

I cut a strip of nosing material the same size as the saw kerf and glued it into the saw kerf.  Later when it dried I used my Japanese pull saw and trimmed the piece as flush as I could and then sanded the repair to the bullnose profile.

Simple fix and it did not slow me down or waster materials.

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Robert Robillard

Carpenter / Remodeler / Editor

Rob Robillard is “The Concord Carpenter” Rob is a builder, general contractor, carpenter, woodworker, and editor of Concord Carpenter and ToolBoxBuzz As a General Contractor and carpenter, Rob owns and operates Concord Carpenter LLC. A full-service remodeling and construction company. Rob is a recognized leader in home building best practices and a source for how-to information for building professionals. On this website, Rob covers all aspects of home construction, building science, home improvement, woodworking, remodeling, and some of the best product and tool reviews. Rob is in charge of our Tool and Product Review series - Concord Carpenter Videos where we post all of our tool reviews and video tutorials. Rob approaches remodeling and building construction with a pragmatic and problem-solving approach. He enjoys using his knowledge and experience to help and educate building professionals as well as DIYers on best practices in the construction and remodeling industry. He's a strong advocate for "raising the bar" in the construction trades and promoting the trades to youth. #BeAMentor #Green2Great Craftsmanship, quality, and pride guide his journey on this channel The Concord Carpenter's motto: "Well done is better than well said!" : Read more about Rob

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