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Offline mrFinpgh

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dealing w/ a slightly off-center joint.
« on: April 15, 2021, 10:43 AM »
I am building a small piece and and have a joint which is about 1/16" off center, relative to the piece beneath it (it's a hinged structure, so there are two 'centered' pieces). Normally, I wouldn't care or worry about it, but since it's aligning with a centered piece below, they should really be correct.
All the parts are riftsawn or quartersawn cherry.

My first thought was, remove about 1/16" of material to 'center' the off-center piece.  However, it's glued in between 2 other pieces, so it's going to be a chore to clean out those corners.

My second thought was, glue a 1/16" thick piece to the other side of the off-center piece, widening the piece ever so slightly to make it 'centered' again.  This seems easier to fit and tune, although the grain match will be a job.

Which way would you go?

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Offline squall_line

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Re: dealing w/ a slightly off-center joint.
« Reply #1 on: April 15, 2021, 10:53 AM »
Do you have any photos or drawings showing the issue?  It would be much easier for people to visualize and give relevant advice, I think.

Offline mrFinpgh

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Re: dealing w/ a slightly off-center joint.
« Reply #2 on: April 21, 2021, 12:42 AM »
Sorry, nothing on hand.

The basic issue was just a piece about 1/16th off center and whether to remove some material from one side or add some to the other side in order to recenter it.

I ended up slicing a thin strip of additional material, planing it to about 1/16th thickness w/ my little bridge city grasshopper plane, and gluing it on. Almost impossible to notice it unless you look hard.