Mushroom Your Drawbore Gaps
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It's a shame customers don't know as much about woodworking as woodworkers.They run their hands over your work and if it's smooth they think it's good - whereas you know that's just the temporary wax on top.
It shows the customer nothing about the weeks you spent oiling it daily or the high number of light coats of shellac used to create a deep and repairable finish.Customers can also appreciate tight joinery - no gap is a key feature of quality craftsmanship.
But then we come to drawbores.Done right they create a half-moon gap.It is the bending action of the peg as it draws the shoulder of the tenon to the mortise that gives the joint its mechanical strength and durability.
But that bending and tension will cause a half-moon gap on the surface.And when a potential customer points this out to you in an otherwise perfect piece, your answer that it's a sign of quality craftsmanship, will make you sound like a used car salesperson with a box of Rice Krispies in their toolbox.
(Poured into the valve train it'll quiet noisy engines, for a while.) To fill that gap you could use putty, thus submitting yourself to mockery from...