In the midst of dry-fitting the side table you've been working on all week, you realize you got a little too aggressive and trimmed an apron tenon narrower on one end than the other. Or maybe you slipped when cutting dovetails for a drawer and broke off one of the pins. No matter how skilled the woodworker, everyone makes joinery mistakes. The secret, according to Phil Lowe, lies in knowing how to fix those mistakes.

In this article, Lowe shows you how to: shim a miscut tenon cheek; trim a damaged tenon shoulder; replace a broken tenon; fill gaps in dovetails; replace a broken dovetail pin; patch and recut a dado; and repair a chipped corner.

From Fine Woodworking #186