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    Ugh, pins slightly too short.

    So tonight I knocked together this blanket chest that I've been working on and was very saddened to see that I had made the pins just slightly too short (and the tails slightly proud, doh!) They're not too bad, about 0.015" off, but it's noticeable.

    What's the best approach?

    1. Re-pare the baseline of the pins.
    2. Sand or scrape down to the pins (grain is interlocked on this sapele so it doesn't take well to planing.)
    3. Learn my lesson and do better on the next project.
    4. Other genius approach I don't know yet.

    Thanks for your input.

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    Re: Ugh, pins slightly too short.

    If you want to fix it, I would choose option 1.
    I'll gladly tell you how I do something. Just please don't confuse that with the right way to do it, and almost certainly not the only way.


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    Re: Ugh, pins slightly too short.

    Option 1 - should not take to long.

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    Re: Ugh, pins slightly too short.

    Option 1 or you could rabbet the inside of your tails just enough to flush up the pins. Either longer pins or thinner tails will work.

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    Re: Ugh, pins slightly too short.

    I agree, option one or one A (what Charlie said). And while you do that just smile you are woodworking and not working!
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    Re: Ugh, pins slightly too short.

    I agree with the rest of the group, the difference is so minor, go with option #1
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    Re: Ugh, pins slightly too short.

    Charlie nailed it. I'd see this as a good opportunity to use my Veritas Skew Rabbet planes versus disturbing those already cut baseline. For me, the rabbet would be faster and better than scribing and cutting to a new baseline.

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    Re: Ugh, pins slightly too short.

    + on the rabbet option. Nice looking chest.
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    Re: Ugh, pins slightly too short.

    I think rabbeting the tails 1/32" with a router sounds preferable to redoing all the baselines. Thanks for the input, y'all.

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    Re: Ugh, pins slightly too short.

    Quote Originally Posted by marinosr View Post
    I think rabbeting the tails 1/32" with a router sounds preferable to redoing all the baselines. Thanks for the input, y'all.
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    Re: Ugh, pins slightly too short.

    Sounds like you've found your solution Richard. That is a nice looking chest!
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    Re: Ugh, pins slightly too short.

    I'm sure you've thought of this, but before you take a router to your work, do a test piece first. You've got a lot of work into this chest

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    Re: Ugh, pins slightly too short.

    I'm with Charlie.
    Option 1 or you could rabbet the inside of your tails just enough to flush up the pins. Either longer pins or thinner tails will work.

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    Re: Ugh, pins slightly too short.

    Rabbeting the tails worked great. They're just a hair proud now and ready for finishing. Thanks for kind words re: chest. I'll post more pics when it's done.

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    Re: Ugh, pins slightly too short.

    I hope you will share a finished photo as the beginning photo looks very interesting.
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