Small? problem with bread end board

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  • #16924
    Mick Mercer
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    I have enjoyed making this project and found it has been very useful for developing some much needed skill. However, I have experienced a nasty little problem. After putting everything together it fit pretty well (some gaps but it is a first attempt) then when I put the dowels through I split the end boards.

    Can you explain what might have been the problem?

    I cut the dowels through a sturdy washer and they seemed a good fit to the hole I drilled.
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    #16925
    Mick Mercer
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    Maybe this has worked for the picture?

    #16927
    Mick Mercer
    Participant

    This is a better (worse) example

    #16929
    George Bridgeman
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    Hi Mick,

    How frustrating!

    It looks to me like your holes aren’t aligned. When hammering the dowels through, they couldn’t find the hole on the other side so came into contact with the wood and forced the wood from the inside (the side you’re pushing it through from), pushed it outwards and caused a split.

    The dowel in the left of the photo looks like it’s too far to the right, leaving a gap between the dowel and the hole. The dowel on the left is the opposite. This may be caused by the hole in the tenon being off-center on the horizontal axis.

    Does this make sense?

    George.

    "To know and not do is to not know"

    #16930
    JerryH
    Participant

    Mick,

    did you sharpen the end of the dowel before you used them? Paul showed this in his video and its and easy step to miss.

    #16932
    david o’sullivan
    Participant

    i think mick has your answer. no leading edge for the dowel to pass through so it caught the underside and just blew it out ,frustrating .

    "we can learn what to do, by doing" Aristotle

    #16933
    Mick Mercer
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    Thank you for your comments, I really appreciate them. I did taper the end quite a lot. I also made sure on the last one that the thin end was through, it was as I hammered further that the wood split. I can see the holes have not aligned but I thought the idea was that the dowel forced them together thus firming up the fit?
    Any further comments much welcomed.

    #16934
    robinhc
    Participant

    Humm …. looks like it is time for some serious inlay work to hide that hole.

    Robin ... Richmond, Virginia, USA

    #16946
    Mick Mercer
    Participant

    Thanks Robin, I do plan to find a fix somehow and use the board for something. Inlay might be beyond me abut a big blob of epoxy……….

    #16953
    robinhc
    Participant

    The trick is to remove even more wood before filling it in – and make it look like you had planned to do it all along

    Robin ... Richmond, Virginia, USA

    #17377
    Mick Mercer
    Participant

    Here is the finished board with the good side up, and a shot of the fix to the nasty break out. It is a bit ugly with the mistakes (I prefer to call them features) but I have learnt a lot, including the use of epoxy! This will be my last project on my old bench as I now embark on building a new Paul Sellers workbench. hopefully the first project on the new bench will be a better board.

    Thanks for all the advice and encouragement.

    Mick

    #17380
    Mick Mercer
    Participant

    Here is the good side

    #17440
    dborn
    Participant

    Looks good! Ad some rubber feeties to the bottom and you’ll never notice the tear out.

    #17442
    Mick Mercer
    Participant

    Thanks Dan

    #17443
    David Gill
    Participant

    Mike it looks fine , what did you finish it with, it has brought out the colour great

    Wigan, Lancs. England :

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