Monday, May 31, 2010
Early 2009, I started a remodeling project of sorts. I had a nice coopered vanity from Lowes', but it had a black granite top with a white vessel bowl on it. -yawn-. My replacement was a pie-wedged top of ribbon Sapelé with an onyx vessel bowl.
I forgot the part about the larger pattern. My Domino placement required the offset. mea culpa.
I don't have a picture of it, but I burned through not one, not two, but three Dominos. You know what I mean: the profile was this lovely Sapelé then a gaping hole with white steamed Beech (the Domino). Good grief.
When I hit the first one, I remembered the offset, but much too late now. I continued to route exposing 3 total.
So... how to fix?
First, put down power tools, step away from pointy objects, and cuss like nobody's business. Won't fix it, but you'll relax :)
I don't have pictures of the burned Dominos since that was before I thought blogging would be cool (both of you readers should let me know if that's true...) However, imagine the profile with a gash showing the Beech Domino. Since the profile hit the Domino at a skew angle, the hole is oblong. This was my fix (best to read it all as some skipped details will be immediately clear when you see where things were going):
Determine the size of the mortise to know which bit to use. I had used 10mm Dominos so that was the cutter to use (I still remembered the fence setting used to mortise the holes... if you don't, you could use a larger cutter; it will be clearer in a moment). Figure out which mortise width setting will equal or exceed the width of the revealed hole. In my case, 2 were using the middle width setting, one used the widest setting.
Plunge a mortise directly over the burned hole. The intention is to leave a clean Domino mortise with no remnants of the originally revealed hole. I have no photos of this.
Take the offcut to the bandsaw and carefully bandsaw a perfect Domino replacement by tracing the outside edges of the shallow mortise. You're bandsawing a very small piece: plan you cuts appropriately to stay away from the blade. In my case, I made a rectangle that encompassed the mark and sanded the corners.