Chip out on a finished edge. Gaps between panels. A rogue combination square that inadvertently flies out of your hand and impales a just-sanded workpiece.
When mistakes happen in the woodshop, it can feel like all joy has been drained from the world.
But take a deep breath and resist the urge to hurl a tool across your shop. Because mistakes are an integral part of woodworking.
Years back, I took a class with a master woodworker who told me he still makes major mistakes on every project — and a bunch of smaller ones along the way.
That’s why I always say: the difference between a good woodworker and a great woodworker is knowing how to fix your mistakes.
And today, we’re looking at some of the most common woodworking mistakes you’ll run into:
- Dings and Scratches
- Chip out
- Cupped boards
- Gaps in panel glue ups
- Gaps in joinery
- Misplaced mortises or dowels
But first, you need to know...