TIPS: Fixing A Mistake

MsDebbieP
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What are your tips/strategies and questions about fixing a mistake?
Yes, that all dependsbut there must be some standard “do’s” and “don’t do’s”.

Toxins Out, Nature In - body/mind/spirit

Be creative. There is no other tip. Every repair is unique.

When I built my office desktop, I took a large gouge out the top accidentally with the router. I thought this was a complete disaster. I filled it with wood filler, sanded it smooth and used a #2 lead pencil to recreate the grain pattern. After finishing with poly it became completely invisible. :-)

Losing fingers since 1969

1. Toss it out & start over
2. On paper you have white out. On wood we have white paint.
3. Turn it inside out or upside down so you can’t see it.
4 Finish it and do a scratch & dent sale.
5. Be a creative woodworker and come up with a solution and repair it

Jeff Vandenberg aka "Woodsconsin"

Remember the difference between a Craftsman and Carpenter — They both make mistakes… a Craftsman knows how to fix them!

…and/or use the mis-take as an artistic element

Toxins Out, Nature In - body/mind/spirit

You know MsDebbieP I’ve actually done that. Especially on rustic furniture.

Jeff Vandenberg aka "Woodsconsin"

in wood shop they taught us how to remove a dent in a piece of wood . Cover the dent with a wet rag and then place a hot clothes iron on top of the rag for about 20 seconds , sometimes it raises the dent to the point that you have to lightly sand it.

Wheaties

There are almost too many solutions to list, and I think I’ve tried 99% of them.

"I long for the day when coke was a cola and a joint was a bad place to be" Merle Haggartd

Hehe… 99%? I think I’ve tried maybe .01%. The world is full of creative people with creative ideas. I’m thinking that hanging around here I can climb that up to .03% or more. ;-)

Once I fixed a sliding window with broken hardware by fixing a bic pen cap under the window in the track. Those caps are made of some kind of super durable and smooth plastic. The window slid in the track as well as when it was new with the rollers. :-)

Losing fingers since 1969

LMAO Brian, cool thinking though!!!

Jeff Vandenberg aka "Woodsconsin"

Brian, to have tried 99% of the fixes, you have to had made a LOT of mistakes, and a lot of different ones at that. I try to limit myself to 5 a year (New Years resolution) and that usaully lasts about 30 minutes into the first project of the year!

"I long for the day when coke was a cola and a joint was a bad place to be" Merle Haggartd