Save That Project! Solutions to Common Woodworking Mistakes

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Woodworking can be an enjoyable and relaxing hobby. Watching as a piece comes to fruition underneath your hands is truly rewarding. Unfortunately, there are times when a single misstep can ruin an otherwise exceptional project. Here are three common woodworking mistakes and a few ways to make them right:

  • Router Burn – If you aren’t paying attention, it’s quite easy to burn a piece of wood with a router and far more difficult to sand off the burned edge. Instead, try setting the depth of your router to 1/64” more and reroutering the piece.
  • Loose Mortise and Tenons – If your cut your tenon a little too small for the mortise, don’t throw it away. Instead, glue a strip of wood on either side with the grain oriented parallel. Then, recut the tenon to the proper dimensions.
  • Gaps in Frame Joints – Highly visible frame joints need to exact. Small mistakes can be corrected by using pipe clamps to pull the stiles together and then adding a dowel to keep them there.

For more woodworking tips and ideas or to find the materials for your next woodworking project, visit us online at SchutteLumber.com or call us directly at 816-892-3398.