Campaign trail outtakes

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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.

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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.

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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.

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A healthy pin restored

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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.