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Today I was making 4 shelves for my bookcase out of 3/4 plywood & using poplar for the front of the plywood, I was in a hurry & decided to lay them on the table & glue them all at the same time, got them clamped up & came back 30 minutes later, unclamped & found 2 of the poplar strips did not sit flush with the plywood, so I installed a v-groove bit in the table & cut a small groove at the glue joint, now you cannot see the error. What have you done to fix your screw ups?

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I NEVER have screw ups.... just a lot of spontaneos features......

I will admit to suddenly designing a cabinet 3/4 of an inch narrower than originally planned because I forgot to add the distance on the top, bottom and shelves I cut required to dado them into the sides.... but I think it looked better that way!

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Sign of a good carpenter is how well he covers his mistakes
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I usually turn mistakes into features and at my age I do make lots of mistakes. These shots show what I mean.
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There are often a variety of ways to cover up mistakes. If it looks good,or as Harry points out even better, then you have succeeded. What the rest of would have done might not have been the right fix for you.

Someone I consider a master woodworker once told me that a master woodworker is not someone who never makes mistakes. He is someone who is able to cover them up so that no one can tell.
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I do hide glue joints as shown.
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What have you done to fix your screw ups?
I kicked my second wife out after six days, does that count?

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Please tell me that you're jesting Theo.

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Please tell me that you're jesting Theo.
OK Harry, I was jesting.

OK, that was in jest. It took six days because I was trying to make it work, but then on the sixth day she said she was going to completely remake me - ANYONE who has talked to me for more than two minutes would know that 'that' wouldn't work, except her. When I heard that, I thought long and hard, about 15 seconds, then told her she had better hit the road. She went the next morning. She had done a 180 as soon as the I do's were said, turned out about everything she said after the first hello was a lie, alpparently she thought I would be an easy convert into the type of man she was looking for - boy, she really screwed that up. True story, short version. I look back at it as being extremely fortunate to come out of it as well as I did, cost me about $340 for the divorce, and that was it.

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Don't make mistakes, but have sudden design modificatios on a regular basis.

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