Were they butt, half lap or mortises joints?
Most of the time for mortises it's debris in the hole usually from splintering an edge.
Tricks I use to keep myself honest, I got tired of said errors a long time ago. They still occur, but are much rare and most times only occur while rushing.
1. Use stops when cutting matching stock.
2. Check your miter box, slide and or panel board regularly for square and or parallel.
3. Witness marks for orientation and position, Aa, Bb, Cc, etc., and strikes. These help during dry fit and glue up, I tend to put the blinders on when I'm in the glue up stage and rely on the marks.
4. Clamp during dry fit. Sound like a waste of time? Not if the length of matching stock doesn't. Dry clamp shows length and square errors.
No loose joints on the water. I'd assume dry fit included the panel, I only see filler on one end
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Last edited by Ghidrah; 03-23-2009 at 06:10 PM.