Built-In Bookcase: Hiding Mistakes


We all make mistakes.

But hiding woodworking mistakes doesn’t have to be hard.

Worst-case scenario: you have to cut off the bad part and use the lumber somewhere else.

Other times a careful placement, trim or wood filler, caulk or spackle will do wonders!

Here are some of the mistakes I made while building my bookcases…

The lumber slipped on the table saw and got gouged

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fill with wood filler and sand  

Molding cut too short


Cut a bevel into the end and a short add-on piece and splice them together.

Enormous gaps

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use multiple layers of caulk   – smooth after each application

I started making the wrong angle cut in the baseboard.

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tried caulk, but wood filler   worked better (needs more paint)


Nail holes

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use wood filler to fill and then sand.


I guess I should figure out when you should use caulk and when to use wood filler or putty (and then share that info with you!)

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2 Responses
  1. I'm going through some similar fixes with my baseboard and trim right now! Ugh. Not my favorite part!


  2. I love it! How does that poem go? A lot of caulk, and a little paint, make a carpenter look like what he ain't? That was sort of my mantra last summer when we were getting our house ready to sell...

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