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#1 posted 04-09-2012 06:26 PM

A tote that has been broke in two can usually be fixed to a point where it is hardly noticeable that it was ever broken. Just takes a little time.

When I get broken totes that were poorly fixed by a previous owner I will start by breaking the tote back into two pieces. Once you have your two pieces all you need to do is sand each end flat so that you have a nice flat surface to glue. Its not really important that the whole surface be flat, just as long as its flat around the outside edges. Then all you have to do is glue them back together. I just use masking tape to clamp the two parts and have never had one re-break on me but you can also figure out a way to clamp the totes. Here are some pics of a tote I fixed…

Here was the tote before. Someone had done a poor job of trying to fix it.

Here is a look at the tote after I re-broke it.

After I sanded both ends flat.

The tote after its been glued and sanded down. You cant even tell it was ever broken.

One last picture after finish was applied.

Note – Depending on how much material you remove when sanding the broken ends you may end shortening the tote to a point where the bolt is now to long to hold the tote tightly. If this happens all I do is cut the bolt down a little using a hack saw. Just be careful not to ruin the threads when cutting. I have only had to do this a few times, usually you don’t have to remove enough material to warrant shortening the bolt.

-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"

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