Router Chipout

Have you ever been routing the edge of a workpiece and heard an awful "crack?" That's the sound of chipout.

■ There's two things you can do when you get chipout. If you're lucky, you can find the broken-off chip and glue it back in place. But often the chip gets torn up too much or sucked up by the vacuum.

Then my solution is like the trick used by old greens' keepers on a nasty divot — first enlarge the bad spot until you're back to undamaged territory. Now patch the area with a new piece cut to fit the hole, see drawings.

I carefully select the filler piece for color and grain direction, so you can hardly tell that a piece chipped out.

Doug Hicks Managing Editor

ROUT FILLER STRIP TO DESIRED PROFILE

A ch ipped-out edge can be repaired by routing away the damage and replacing it with new wood. The key is a carefid color match.

FILLER STRIP TO-

MATCH END OF RABBET

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SAND OR PLANE FLUSH TO WORKPIECE

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SAND OR PLANE FLUSH TO WORKPIECE

CUT OVERSIZED FILLER STRIP TO FIT INTO RABBET

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