Ooops!....Fixing Woodworking Mistakes

  • February 10, 2018
  • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Woodcraft Walpole, 3 Walpole Park, South Walpole


Have you ever had that sinking feeling when you realize you put an offset tenon on the wrong side? Or broke off a twin tenon? How about a hinge morticed in the wrong place? Or just a badly cut dovetail? Beginners are not the only ones who make mistakes– but it is the pros who have figured out how to get out of a tight spot without having to start from the beginning. Woodworking is really just problem solving and in this series of  demos, Connecticut Valley School of Woodworking director, Bob Van Dyke will demonstrate ways to fix simple common mistakes like fixing a hole that might have been drilled  by mistake through the face of a board or fixing a loose tenon or a gappy dovetail– Those are some simple fixes- but we will then go on to explore some techniques to save some parts that most woodworkers might write off and start over again. Obviously, a big part of any repair strategy is to know when something can be fixed– and fixed well– and when to cut your losses and start fresh. This is something that we will discuss and show in a series of practical examples and demonstrations. Hopefully this valuable demonstration will get you thinking hard the next time you encounter an “unexpected design opportunity”!

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