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Flood recovery project #2: A good start, I think

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Blog entry by FreddieMac posted 09-11-2017 02:50 PM 533 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: A call from a friend Part 2 of Flood recovery project series Part 3: Cleaning and restoring wood »

Well, I am not sure I am doing it correct, but I am doing it. I did some research on restorations and repairs online and just decided to get started, becuase it seemed to be a problems solving job; not one that I could plan out. After really inspecting the piece I figured I had a few problems. The first was the dried flood mud and generally dirty, dry wood. The second was one side of the piece was cracked. The third was warped boards.

My goal is to clean the insides as much as possible, to use as much of the original wood as possible and to maintain the finish that her grandfather put on the piece (i.e. the white antique paint job on the outside). I am only repairing and cleaning the piece, not restoring it to factory glory. They are painting the outside of the repair work to try and match the outside finish. This left me with a few more options.

With those goals in mind, I decided to get started. Instead of taking the piece completely apart I decided I would repair starting with the worse section and work my way toward the good side that just needs cleaning. The piece is not square and has some antique nails that I cannot replace.

First step was to pull off the cracked side.

Once I did that, I had 3 boards that were cracked. One board was a complete gone, no repair worth it in my opinion. The other two boards where the legs where the groove cracked during the flood from boards warping. So I started by creating a template for the board that was completely gone.

Using some scrap solid wood, I decided to build a support from the damaged template. I cut tongue and grooves into the board to exactly match what was left of the template and then I had to flip it and do the other side.

The next step was to find a way to patch the existing legs. The only portion of the leg that was damaged was the bottom groove was cracked off. I could not glue it back together so I decided to make a patch. On my band saw I cut out about a 1” deep piece from the leg. I then made a template board with the matching groove on my table saw. This was a matter of a lot of filing, wood filler, sanding and gluing.

Placing the patches next to a good piece is what I used when I cut the curved profile.

When I placed the patched piece on top of the good piece it was an exact match and I am happy.

Once I had all the pieces complete, I decided to put them back together and put them back on the piece. I used some wood glue to fix a cracked tongue on the front piece.

I did not have a clamp big enough to fix the entire piece, so I had to improvise and use a Cajun clamp. I need to get my racket straps replace after the flood, but rope and piece of wood worked nicely. I shot some very small 18 gauge brads into the tongue and groove like the original. With the modern glue, I would venture to say this side is now stronger than the side that was not damaged.

After removing the clamp, the side looks pretty strong and maintained the proper measurements. I think this side is fixed. Once that was done, I started using Old English oil to clean and revitalize the wood. You can see the difference between the unclean board on the left and the cleaned ones on the right in this picture.

I will go to Home Deport or Lowes and get some stain to match the inside for the patches. I will probably do a mixture of red oak and espresso stain to match the inside. Ultimately, I think the piece once fixed and clean will be a great addition back to their home. I still have a bit of sanding to do on that piece for a few patches, but everything should look pretty good once done. Main thing is that side is now solid.



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#1 posted 09-11-2017 03:02 PM

very nice project for the first in new shop …GREAT JOB :<))

-- Tony Reinholds,Pa. REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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