Ethical woodworking, the old-fashioned way.
You ae not alone... I would say this happens to everyone... You've seen Peter Follansbee's posts on mistakes made on 18th century chests?
I have, Rich, and I love them! Luckily, this mangling happened in spot where it will be concealed by molding. It will be our secret.
Glue a big plane shaving in there and nobody will notice. Been there, done that.