Request for help #3: Broken Crib - How to fix

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Blog entry by jerrells posted 04-01-2014 05:02 PM 1563 reads 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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OK wood chucks – I need help. I have been asked to fix this broken crib for an expecting mother. It was shipped by her mother and was broken in shipping. I guess they do not want or have time to file a claim. I am thinking of cleaning out all of the broken area and gluing in a new piece of wood. I have explained that matching the stain will be hard.

Do you think I am on the right track here.

-- Just learning the craft my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ practiced.

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#1 posted 04-01-2014 05:21 PM

Jerrells, I had a similar break when moving my daughter’s furniture when she got married. It looks like the same thing happened – side force broke out a piece of wood at a screw joint. Did you look in the box for the broken out piece? I was fortunate enough to find it. Some 2-part epoxy and clamps (wax paper under clamps so epoxy doesn’t stick) put the piece back in stronger than new. Just had to remember to scrape the squeeze out off after about 15 minutes. Didn’t even have to sand. I can’t think of anything else you didn’t mention if you can’t find the broken piece.

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#2 posted 04-01-2014 05:28 PM

Is a dutchman out of the question? You can do a blending patch or someting that contrasts with a decorative design. You could plow out the broken material and fit in a hardwood piece for screwing to the mating side. Kreg type screws and then a decorative dutchman on top of repair. Kreg screws from the backside as well. Just a thought. Good luck.

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#3 posted 04-02-2014 01:13 PM

In the absence of the piece that blew out, I would make a squared out mortise and glue in another piece of similar looking wood. My thought is the patch is under the seat, probably not be noticeable.


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#4 posted 04-02-2014 03:38 PM

I’m with Don – Router out a nice square cut that includes the extents of the blowout, then glue in a fill (stained as close as you can, of course), and redrill the hole. If you’re really ambitious, make it a dovetail undercut and insert.

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#5 posted 04-12-2014 12:43 PM

I did fix the crib. Seems the original screw hole was too close to the edge. I took the screw out, glued the little piece back on, filled the hole. Then I aligned the rail to where the screw is centered. As it is a doll crib should work fine. Thanks for all the suggestions.

-- Just learning the craft my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ practiced.

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