Campaign trail outtakes


Derek Jones

Monday, December 7, 2015

Issue 239 of F&C has been on the news stands for a couple of weeks now and at the end of the campaign chest project I promised to share a few outtakes from that build. We spend a lot of time documenting how to do things to avoid making mistakes, but we are only human after all and accidents do happen, even to the best of us. Personally, I don"t think it pays to be too hard on yourself when something goes wrong. Perfection is generally a moving target and for every mistake, there"s a fix that will put things right.

The canny craftsman will have learned this the hard way and no doubt developed a strategy for dealing with such incidents. So with that in mind, here are a couple of tricks that have served me well and one day might just save your bacon as well.

Nothing is more annoying when having transferred a perfect row of pins to the tailboard to then saw the first dovetail on the wrong side of the line. It"s a schoolboy error that is over in a heartbeat but has the potential to ruin your day. A good fix, if you notice it in time, is to glue a slither of veneer in the kerf with a small section left proud of the top of the board.

Let the glue dry and then run the saw along the edge of the piece of veneer to make the cut in the right place.

A healthy pin restored

This trick is more of a tip really and good practice in general. Keep hold of a few offcuts until the end of a project because you never know when they may come in handy. This includes waste material as well. There was nothing wrong with this pin until it sustained a knock on the bench and inadvertently lost a corner. Fortunately a ready-made patch repair was available. By all means, sweep up as you go and maintain a tidy workspace but don"t throw everything away until you"re sure.