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Repairing dowel-jig mistakes

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Pull the ol' swithceroo
Drill bit thru wood
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Orange clamp with 3 boards
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When cutting away a section, make
the splice along a profile line or
contour, if possible, to help mask
the repair glue line.

Pull the ol' swithceroo

GOOF: You've drilled too deep and blown through.

Okay, you forgot to set a depth stop, and your drill bit popped through the workpiece leaving an unsightly error, like the mitered frame piece shown above. If you're working with small or inexpensive stock, no sweat: just make a new workpiece. But if your wood is expensive, or the last of a great set of matched boards, and you really want to save it, you can repair it so the goof will never be seen.

How to fix it: Cut away the damaged portion of your workpiece and replace it with new stock. Do this by rabbeting away the goof and then gluing in a filler strip. Or, as with the bloodwood frame shown at right, rip off the damaged section and glue on a matching piece.

Continued on page 2:  Plug the hole and redrill


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