Bad Dogs! Successful Repair.

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Project by newTim posted 09-17-2012 05:05 PM 2355 views 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this bench in 2009 and it held up well until I left it in the puppy pen. The dogs are 14 months now and well trained, but they still have a taste for redwood. I was planning on using the e-collar to help them out and another LJ suggested bitter apple spray. I will probably use a combination of the two. The e-collar will work, but you have to catch them in the act a couple of times. We’ll see.

I sanded out the chew marks on the top rail and replaced the arms. I used the mortise pal jig extensively on the original build for the loose tennon joinery and it worked well on the repair too. I did a short blog on the repair here's a link to the original blog. And to the original project page.

-- tim hill

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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 09-17-2012 05:23 PM

You have a TV in your shop? :-)

Good repair. I have a yellow lab. She doesn’t really mean to drive you crazy :-)

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 09-17-2012 06:29 PM

our yellow lab passed away last year, she wasn’t a wood chewer but she loved to take the stuffing out of outdoor furniture. We sure do miss her.

Great job on the restore..

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#3 posted 09-17-2012 07:14 PM

Another yellow lab guy here. Great fix after they decided that your bench was a great chew toy. Our lab calmed down … at the young age of 8, but still wont walk on the ceramic tile floor… or up the stairs .. or down the stairs, only inside though. Outside ive seen her scale icy hills and climb up rock formations. I gave up tryin to fix this one.

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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Jim Jakosh

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#4 posted 09-17-2012 07:43 PM

Tim, they must have some woodpecker in them!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#5 posted 09-17-2012 09:22 PM

lol w/Jim. Gr8 fix. Hope they don’t like the taste of the new wood you used.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#6 posted 09-17-2012 10:17 PM


Is a slight possibility that they see the wooden arm as a bone and hence nice to do what comes naturally.
I remember as a small boy alway getting into trouble for leaving my plastic sandals out where the dogs we had loved chewing them, the odd thing was that they only chewed the same sandal L or R all the time so I was never able to cover the mistake by pairing up the two undamaged ones again.

-- Regards Rob

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#7 posted 09-17-2012 10:32 PM

Thanks all. Monte, yeah I put the TV in a few months ago. I have it hooked up to a Roku so I can watch streaming video using my broadband. It is also nice when watching football. Robcastle… re looking like a bone. You know what they say, when you’re a hammer everything looks like a nail.

-- tim hill

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#8 posted 09-18-2012 03:46 AM

Hey Tim, how do you like your Dust Deputy?

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#9 posted 09-18-2012 01:09 PM

Good boy…..on the repair! It looks great.
Labs…..can’t live without them, they are my favorite.
My pointer, lab had chores to do daily, that’s how I kept her out of trouble.

-- Dee2, OH Aromatherapy....fresh cut wood!!

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#10 posted 09-18-2012 03:20 PM

Beautiful dogs. Had a yellow lab, died 10 years ago, now have a black giirl. The yellow loved wood, mostly ate the corners of the back steps. Damage still there as a tribute to him, after 10 years we still miss him. Feebee is 10 now, and is loved as much.

Great repair

-- Jack Keefe Shediac NB Canada

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#11 posted 09-18-2012 04:15 PM

phiflint… re the Dust Deputy, I like it, but since I just got both of them together I can’t really say how much better the vacuum is with it. The Festool stuff is well engineered, but you have to figure out all the options and accessories. And their instructions are, IMO, very poor.

-- tim hill

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