Split-top Roubo: Fixing a Mistake or Stretching your Resources?
My pile of maple was less than perfect when I finished milling it. I’m lucky some of the pieces ended up flat in the first place. One of the laminate pieces for my legs had a long check on one end, and was a little thin on the other. So rather than scrapping it completely, I went ahead and cut the mortise and then needed to figure out how to get things back to square. I could have tried to mess with the shoulder of the rail/tenon, but that would require transferring angles along multiple dimensions that would match the mortise cheeks.
Instead I transfered the mortise opening on a small shim of maple, glued it up and brought everything back into square. Considering this is along the back-side of a leg on a workbench n0body will ever see, I’m happy with the results.
Here is the step-by-step process: